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Tuesday 1 July 2014

Berrytastic Strawberry and Blueberry Cake

'Tis the season for berries, and how I love them!  Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, blackberries and currants too, it makes my mouth water just thinking about them.

I tend to start the season, serving berries simply with cream, yogurt or ice cream, but as time passes and the fruits become more abundant, it's nice to try some different ways to enjoy these luscious fruits.

OXO Good Grips sent me this useful three piece berry bowl and colander in which to prepare and store my berries. The bowl had a nice stable base and is just the right size to store a punnet of strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. The matching colander is useful for cleaning your berries before you store them in the lidded bowl. Of course it's not only suitable for berries, but you can use it for rinsing and storing other food stuffs too.

I also received this neat little strawberry hull remover, it works best on large strawberries like the Sweet Eve strawberries from Berry World that arrived with the OXO products.

Three piece Berry Bowl set (RRP £15)
Strawberry huller (RRP £7)

Berrytastic Strawberry and Blueberry Cake

For the cake:
100g soft margarine
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
100g self-raising flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder

Heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4 and grease and line a 7 inch cake tin. I used a deep cake tin to get one sponge but you could split the cake between two tins if preferred.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat well until blended and smooth.  Spoon into the tin and smooth the top.  Bake for 25-30 minutes if using two tins and 35-40 minutes for the deeper tin, test with a skewer which should come out clean when the cake is baked.

Turn the cake onto a cooling tray and leave to cool

For the topping:
1 punnet of strawberries
1 punnet of blueberries
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of water

Hull the strawberries, slice up 6-8 strawberries (depending on size) and heat gently in a pan with a tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water.  Simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved and the berries start to soften, crush the berries and cook for a further 2 minutes until jammy.  You should still have some juice left, leave to cool.

Cover the top of the cake with the 'jam', reserving a couple of teaspoons of the juice.  Arrange halved strawberries around the edge of the cake and fill the middle with blueberries, brush the berries with the reserved juice to add shine.  Serve with cream, ice cream or yogurt.

If you would like to win  these tools and a year’s supply of strawberries leave a comment on this post telling me "What is your favourite berry recipe"  The winner's name will be chosen by Random Number Generator on 15th July and then passed on to OXO Good Grips to be entered in a further draw (22nd July) with some other lucky entries, one winner will receive the berrytastic goodies. UK entries only please. 

I'm entering the Berrytastic Strawberry and Blueberry Cake in Let's Cook with Strawberries the blog event hosted by Simply Sensational Food.

I was provided with the Berry Bowl, Strawberry Huller and Strawberries to review, I was not paid and all opinions are my own. 


And the winner going through to the next round of the competition is no. 5: Recipes from a Pantry

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At 1 July 2014 at 20:14 , Blogger Citrus Spice and Travels said...

wow this looks so very delicious, I could eat large potion of this cake and have second helpings.

At 2 July 2014 at 09:05 , Anonymous Alison said...

That looks lovely, wish I had some now. I am waiting impatiently for the berries in my garden to ripen!

At 2 July 2014 at 22:41 , Blogger Unknown said...

I am so making this for dessert this weekend. Looks easy to make and delicious to eat. The photograph is so enticing!!!

At 3 July 2014 at 06:38 , Blogger Unknown said...

Dang, that looks moreish! Sadly our strawberries are nearly over but it's been a fab season for them!
Janie x

At 3 July 2014 at 09:26 , Anonymous Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

A very berrytastic cake indeed.Looks rather fab.

At 4 July 2014 at 07:55 , Anonymous London Unattached said...

sadly (or perhaps thankfully) I have a strawberry allergy - or I'd be eating your cake every day of the week

At 4 July 2014 at 10:34 , Blogger Jane Willis said...

In this house berries seldom get as far as being used in recipes but I do sometimes make a rather gorgeous strawberry, chocolate and honeycomb crunch cheesecake

At 4 July 2014 at 14:57 , Blogger Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Janice that cake looks lovely. One of my favourite recipes to make using both raspberries and strawberries which are both my favourite berries, is Eton Mess so simple but everyone loves it.


At 4 July 2014 at 20:14 , Blogger Chris Half said...

I love berries, especially strawberries and blueberries. This looks like the perfect cake then. Yummy!

At 5 July 2014 at 21:03 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of most berries but my favourite is definitely the blueberry, I love them!

At 5 July 2014 at 21:04 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love most berries, especially blueberries!

At 5 July 2014 at 21:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

they all look berry, berry good ;-)

At 5 July 2014 at 23:05 , Blogger Nickki said...

I love making a big pavlova and topping it with cream and berries :-)

At 6 July 2014 at 21:35 , Blogger belle said...

Think my favourite recipe would have to be Strawberry & Raspberry Jam with Raspberry Gin on freshly made scones with a dollop of clotted cream - yum!

At 6 July 2014 at 22:00 , Blogger Heather Haigh said...

What a fabulous cake. My favourite recipe - simple though it is - would have to be a raspberry pavlova. I love meringue and grow raspberries which are just divine freish from the garden. Being dairy intolerant I finish mine off with coconut cream.

At 11 June 2015 at 20:39 , Blogger Carole said...

Such fabulosity! Gone straight to my shortlist for a feature. Thanks! Cheers from Carole's chatter


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