Wednesday, 1 June 2011

...baking comforting cake. (Blueberry and Lemon Cake)



So, I have the lurgy again. Everyone I know seems to have some stage of this cold (feel free to moan in the comments if you have it too). Also, after one sunny and relatively warm day yesterday, it's cold and windy again. Cold weather and the cold bring out a need to  make lovely, cheering things in me, and there aren't many things more comforting than cake. My friend May is coming for tea and chat this afternoon too, and if I have time to bake, I'd much rather give someone my own (generally slightly wonky) cake.

When I went to the shop to get the ingredients, I had a list for, and was intent on making  Smitten Kitchen's Raspberry Buttermilk Cake, but our local Co-op didn't have raspberries or buttermilk, so I substituted similarly textured ingredients, and ended up with this....


Blueberry and Lemon Cake

Does everyone else see a Pacman?

180g self raising flour (added 50g to balance extra eggs)
60g butter, melted
140g caster sugar
3tbsp (heaped) lemon curd
3 large eggs (for volume)
120ml double cream (sort of buttermilk-ish, no?)
handful blueberries
25g caster sugar for sprinkling

Topping
1tbsp lemon curd
1tsp icing sugar

Now, this is where you can use Deb's proper method, or you can use my 'chuck it in and hope for the best because standing up is too much effort' method. Here is mine...

  • Preheat oven to 160fan/180C
  • put all ingredients (except blueberries and sprinkling sugar)  in a big bowl
  • whisk with a hand mixer till you have a smooth batter. It should puff up slightly as air goes in.
  • Grease and line 9" cake tin if required(mine is silicone)
  • pour in batter and spread evenly.
  • sprinkle blueberries over
  • sprinkle with sugar
  • bake for 25 mins
  • sit down, have tea, watch daytime TV, read blogs
  • allow to cool 10 mins, then turn out.
  • when cool, spread top thinly with lemon curd, and dust with icing sugar
I figure it has fruit in, so is somewhat healthy, and if  we are supposed to feed our colds, why not feed them tasty good cake? Also, lemon and blueberry is a really good combination! Yum!

17 comments:

mathildeheartmanech said...

oh yum. This looks gorgeous and tasty. Darn blast, I dont have any lemon curd in though. Hmm. I shall bookmark this recipe for a later date me thinks! Enjoy your afternoon!
x

Becky said...

Looks delicious! Lemon and blueberry both have vitamins / antioxidants / cold beating properties too, no?

Fay said...

Oh get well soon! This cake looks incredible! X

last year's girl said...

CAKE.

Definitely the best approach, I think - take it easy and feel better soon x

Hazel said...

This sounds really yummy, I do need to start baking again :)

Alison Cross said...

Get well soon, ol' bean!!!

Cake looks delicious - fling me a bit over the water!

Ali x

the Citizen Rosebud said...

that cake looks amazing. not sure is sugar is good to fight viruses, but who knows? it may lift your spirits.

question: what is caster sugar?

and other question: did you get better?

Lisa-Marie said...

Lisa, I had to go buy everything for it except flour. It was worth it!

Becky, my sentiments exactly! :)

Fay, Thank you! My friend May said it was amazing :)

FERLA, I Agree! :)

Ali, fanks, and I will try! You are well better at cake than me though, if you made it it would be amazeballs!

CR, you call it superfine sugar according to google! If not more healthy, I feel a bit perkier!

ImplausibleYarn said...

It looks delicious and I hope you feel better. In a pinch a substitute for buttermilk is regular milk with a bit of vinegar. At least according to my Betty Crocker cookbook. Though the cream sounds much more appetizing!

Siobhan said...

I want this cake now. And a massive cup of tea. We need to live closer (not just so I can eat your cake)

Lisa-Marie said...

Heather, thank you for the tip! Cream just seemed about the same weight and texture. I need a Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Siobhan, you know if I could get it to you I would. And you are right, we do. Glasgow is a bit closer...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I came down with a cold on Friday. :( So annoying. I was feeling better but woke up all congested this am. :( Hope you are back to 100% soon!

Lisa E said...

YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM!!!!

Lisa-Marie said...

Lisa D, *HUG* hope it goes away like now!

Lisa E, indeed! :)

Gaynor {Our Day by Design} said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm yum, looks lovely!

I totally see pacman too!

grace said...

for the longest time, i resisted the whole lemon-blueberry pairing. how foolish of me. i love the curd here, and your berries are massive!

P said...

This sounds delicious!