Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blackberry cake

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When I picked up a basket of blackberries this weekend, I was thinking more on the lines of blackberry coulis drizzled over an angel food cake, pancake, or just about anything sweet. But while I was grocery shopping, I saw this new ad showing a cup of coffee and a big slice of cake with all kinds of berries in it! I would have stopped and eaten it up right there - but I was alone, and eating alone isn't much fun as we all know. Also, I managed to prove one thing to myself - the oft-repeated "Do not go grocery shopping when you are hungry". I can tell you - nothing can be more true!
Anyways, so I came home and decided to make a cake, and eat it too! A blackberry cake. This is the version I made - although I usually prefer making a simple cake - like an angel food cake and dress it up with some cream cheese and berries. Here is the recipe

1/2 cup butter
1 cup fresh blackberries - washed and completely dried
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated is lovely, although the powdered one works fine)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven at 350 degrees, grease your cake tin and sift the flour, and all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Now cream the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs one at a time, and continue beating. Add the flour mix slowly and gently mix it into the butter-egg mixture. Add the buttermilk slowly else it will cause lumps to be formed. Gently fold in the blackberries. Pour into the cake tin and bake for about 55 minutes. Once done, add your choice of icing. I really couldn't wait to eat it up, so just sprinkled some powdered sugar, and chocolate gratings.

Of course, the berries never made it to a coulis :)


  1. Cake looks delicious.Pls parcel me some dear:).

  2. Oh, yummy! That cake looks fantastic! Aaahh, blackberries are so delicious...



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  4. Hiya, thank you for visiting my blog I'm glad you like it. :-)

    This is a lovely cake recipe especially using berries, I love any kind of berry in a cake.

    You have a fabulous food blog your recipes look very tasty. :-)

  5. This looks absolutely tempting. Awesome cake. Yummm..

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  7. Thats delicious cake, looks mouth watering!
    First time here and you have wonderful collection of recipes, i just noticed you are from switzerland, zurich? I too am from swiss in basel :)

  8. this looks really yummy..you have a great blog..love your pics & presentation

  9. Thanks for joining my blog; I am now a new member of yours! This cake looks incredible, and I will try to make it when I am back in my home kitchen. Are you Swiss, or an American living in Switerland? Take care, Banu