Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Cake for Midsummer...

One bite of this cake and I knew: this is my favourite cake of the last few months... No need for chocolate or peanut butter to win me over. This cake wonderful as it is... It looks so nice once it's cut into slices with the orange apricot pieces and the pink berries, the texture is soft and moist and I love the combination of the sour sweetness of the fruit with the warm flavour of the ground almonds. The recipe comes from the most beloved of all my cookbooks, Nigel Slater's Tender II. That is what I like to call foodpoetry...


(from: Tender II by Nigel Slater)

175g soft butter
175g brown sugar
200g ripe apricots (4 or 5)
2 eggs
175g self-raising flour (I just used regular flour and 1/2 a sachet of baking powder)
100g ground almonds
2 tablespoons milk
170g raspberries

Line a 20cm diameter springform pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Put the butter and the sugar in a large bowl and beat with the hand mixer until you have a pale and fluffy batter. Halve, stone and roughly chop the apricots. Beat the eggs lightly and add them to the creamed butter and sugar a little at a time, occasionally pushing the mixture down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. If there is any sign of curdling, stir in a tablespoon of flour.

Mix the flour, the baking powder and the almonds together and fold in, with the mixer on slow speed, in two or three separate lots. Add the milk and when it's incorporated, add the apricots and the berries.

Pour your batter into the cake tin and bake for about an hour and ten minutes. You may have to check after 50 minutes or so and cover the cake with aluminium foil in order to prevent its surface from burning. Test whether it's done with a wooden skewer. If it comes out relatively clean, the cake is done. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about ten minutes, then, run a knife around the edge and slide it out onto a plate. Dust with icing sugar.

The cake is wonderful when still slightly warm, but can also be kept for one or two days.

The decorating idea comes from two of my favourite blogs which time and again serve as an inspiration: Technicolor Kitchen and Poires au Chocolat.


  1. Looks wonderful and sounds mjammii! Wish you a great start today! Biiig hug, miss you! Tweety

  2. Thank you Tweety! I miss you, too. Thinking about you a lot. Stay strong! Hug back and lots of energy! K


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