Monday, 30 July 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Strawberry Blueberry Cake


It's time for the Secret Recipe Club Group D Reveal day again. This is one of my favourite challenges as I get assigned a different blog each month and I get to choose a recipe to make from that blog.  All of my secret recipe club recipes have been huge successes so far and this is no exception. In fact, this is one of my favourites so far.

I made this for a BBQ on our hot and unexpectedly sunny week last week and this cake literally disappeared off the table! The only complaint I got was that there wasn't enough to go round. Looks like I'll be making this again and again this summer... well whilst it's still summer! :)

My assigned blog this month is Shockingly Delicious. Dorothy freelances as a food and financial writer and has 25 years of food writing and recipe developing under her belt. In her own words, "I specialize in scrumptious, simple-to-prepare, tried and true recipes, tips and coaching to make YOU a fabulous home cook. These are “scary good” recipes with big flavors, so don’t blame me if you need a 12-step program to wean yourself from your addiction to some of them! You’ve been warned!" I totally agree as this was simple and scarily good!!

If you've never visited her site before, I urge you to click on over - I promise you won't regret it. I spent hours looking through all the different recipes when I was choosing one to make for reveal day. In the end, I settled on her strawberry-blackberry cake as I love berries and her opening line was "Some things are of-the-moment perfect" Say no more :)




 I used blueberries instead of blackberries as I prefer them personally 

 This post is not sponsored by Nielsen-Massey! 

 Cake batter 

 top with fresh strawberries 

 Add blueberries and more strawberries on top 

 sprinkle generously with caster sugar 

 fresh from the oven 

 look at that lovely berry goodness :) 

 who wants a slice? 


85g butter
150g caster sugar + 2 Tablespoons for topping 
1 egg
125mls cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
187g plain flour
350g fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
170g fresh blueberries, washed 

  • Preheat the oven to 175C. 
  • Cream butter and sugar (150g) until pale and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, buttermilk, vanilla and orange extract.
  • Beat in the salt, baking powder and flour.
  • Scrape the batter into a round cake tin. 
  • Arrange cut strawberries on top, cut sides down as close as possible.
  • Sprinkle the blueberries on top and if you have extra strawberries like I did - add them on top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar on top of the fruit - don't reduce this amount as it helps to make the fruit 'jammy' 
  • Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 160C. 
  • Bake for another hour until the cake is golden brown and firm to the touch. 



56 comments:

  1. I want a slice!!! Yummy, I love strawberries and blueberries :)

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  2. Oh wow! I love the step by step photos of those luscious fruits going into that lovely looking cake. Yum.

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    1. Thanks the cake was really, really good :)

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  3. Thanks for your lovely write-up of my blog and recipe! You did a great job tweaking it to your liking with the blueberries.

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks for a brilliant recipe - it's one of my favourites and I've already bought different fruits to make this again and again :)

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  4. Look absolutely heavenly, love it!

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  5. What a GREAT recipe Ros! I love the combo of blueberries and strawberries and the cake looks FAB! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen - I love berries and they are even better when paired with cake :)

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  6. I think I would go for blueberries too. This looks fantastic! I might try this with some gluten free flour, I'll bet it works out great! Thanks!

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    1. I'm sure a gluten free version would work well. I bought some raspberries to try next.

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  7. My gosh, you mixed blueberries and strawberries, two of my favorite fruits EVER!

    and then you made a cake.

    Enough said.

    Great job, loved the write up!

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    1. Thanks! It really was a good recipe and I'm so pleased with the final results.

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  8. mmmmmm....looks good!

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  9. Wow that does look really good. I love how the cake bakes up over the berries!!! I think I would choose blueberries too:-)

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised when the cake baked up over the berries - very exciting to see and tastes absolutely amazing!

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  10. Such a delicious and colorful cake. Great SRC recipe.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Double Chocolate Mousse Cake.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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    1. Thanks! Heading over to check out your entry :)

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  11. Mmm! I love blueberries and strawberries. I bet that was delicious :)

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  12. I love love love berries! Naturally I would probably love this... It looks amazing. Great job

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    1. Thanks! A must try for berry lovers :)

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  13. Oh my gosh! This looks amazing. All those lovely berries. I may need to turn my oven on this weekend haha.

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    1. I hope you do as this is a really good cake!

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  14. Oh my goodness...I really would love a slice of this, I think it could be my perfect cake...all those berries look so delicious!! :-)

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    1. It's one of my favourite cakes now and I can see it being made over and over again this summer!

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  15. Lookin' good! Ohh! Great cake! I love to try that! Can't wait to try this recipe. I'll make these for my mom and my brothers and cousins. They will be so happy about this.

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    1. I'm sure everyone will enjoy it - it's simple to make and tastes delicious!

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  16. Blimey! This does look scarily good - the berries make it look so moist I would love to try it 8)

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    1. Please try it - you won't regret it! :)

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  17. Any cake with berries is a hit with me! Looks fantastic...great SRC pick!

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  18. What a gorgeous cake! I've seen many fruit cakes on blogs recently, I'm craving one so badly now. This looks so moist and perfect for a summer afternoon tea treat!

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    1. Definitely! Just wish it was a lovely summer afternoon :)

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  19. I love everything with berries and this cake looks so yummy. Oh I have everything I need to make it and company coming on in 2 days, perfect! I love being a new member of SRC, look forward to sharing

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I did :)

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  20. Beautiful! It certainly does ooze berry goodness. Will definitely check out the website!

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  21. Delicious looking cake! I love using fresh berries in baked goods, they always turn out so well! Great job!

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  22. You got a great blog this month, I love her blog! This cake looks amazing, there is nothing better than strawberries and blueberries together, what a wonderfully summer cake!

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    1. I am totally in love with her blog. I am definitely making this again and again :)

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  23. Oh yummy! I have a whole ton of blueberries that I need to use up - I might have to try this cake!

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    1. Yes do give it a go - you won't regret it :)

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  24. I love the blueberry and strawberry combination.

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  25. holy cow!!! i love summer berries and the more, the better, in my opinion. and anything stuffed in cake can't be bad, right? mmm berry cake.

    happy belated SRC reveal day! if you feel up for it, i'd love for you to share this seasonal treat with us at the Fresh Foods Blog Hop (co-hosted every wed - fri) at Gastronomical Sovereignty.

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    1. Thanks for invite - will check it out now. I love summer berries too and yes it's better in cake :)

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  26. This is really my favourite type of cake. I cannot resist any type of tea cakes with strawberries and blueberries. Yours looks gorgeous and I really could do with two slices at least for afternoon tea right away!

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    1. Sending some over now :) This cake was so quick and easy to put together, the longest time was waiting for it to bake!

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  27. Yum! That looks so very very good. Good choice

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