March 20, 2012

Cook Like A Star : Blueberry Almond Cake

Does Blueberry Almond Cake rings any bells ? Heehee....  I was looking for some new recipes to bake when I saw this post on La Mia Vita Dolce . The presentation of the cake really makes me wanna try this recipe . I was actually taking a break after dinner when I stumble upon this interesting recipe . Reading thru the post really makes me trying hard to hold my saliva. Heehee...
This is one cake that I will definitely bake again maybe tomorrow or so.. Tasty and simple. I am starting to love Donna Hay more and more each day , each time I try her recipe. Brilliant , simple and tidy .... Heehee .
The moment mom bites on it , she went like " is it almonds in it ? But I dun see any of the almond nibs ? " .... I went laughing out loud ... Well she couldn't be bothered too much tho, as she indulging herself with this Blueberry Almond Cake. Mom actually request for a second slice the moment she finished the first slice. 
The nutty flavour of the cake really makes me having hard time holding my saliva .... Maybe the next time I will add some toasted walnuts instead of blueberry . Those blueberry that I bought seems to taste sour . Heehee.. I love sour but Nat, my daughter seems to dislike it tho. 

Blueberry Almond Cake 
Ingredients 
150 g  Self-rising flour
¼ tsp  Salt
150 g  Unsalted butter
4 large eggs
120 g  Caster sugar ( original recipe calls for 225 g ) 
¼ tsp  Almond Extract [ I omit this ] 
1 tsp  Vanilla extract
150 g  Almonds, toasted and finely ground
280 g  Blueberries, fresh or frozen
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Extra Fresh blueberries, for garnish

Method 
1. Preheat oven to 180° C . Line and grease an 8 inch round pan with non-stick baking paper 
2. In a small bowl whisk together flour (reserving 2 tbsp to toss blueberries ) and salt, set-aside.  Melt butter in a  saucepan over medium low heat, swirling occasionally until it begins to brown (the butter will have a nutty flavour), about 5 minutes and set-aside to cool.
3. In the mixing bowl, using a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract ( and almond extract if using) at medium speed until thick, pale and triple in volume, about 10 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer.
Using a fine sieve sift half flour mixture over egg mixture; gently fold in using a large flexible spatula and then sift and gently fold in remaining flour until just combined.
4. Fold in butter and ground almonds.
5. Toss 3/4 of the blueberries in reserved flour (to help prevent blueberries from sinking to the bottom).  Add the flour coated berries to the batter and fold in to just combine.
6. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan top with the remaining blueberries.
7. Bake at preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking, until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
8. Remove pan and leave to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  If not serving immediately, remove from pan and return cake to wire rack to cool completely.  
9. Serve warm, dusted with confectioners’ sugar and garnished with fresh blueberries.

Enjoy your Blueberry Almond Cake !

Recipe adapted from My Sweet Life

I am going to link this with "Cook Like A Star" blog-hop featuring Donna Hay as the celebrity for the month of March, hosted by Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids. Please drop by Bake For Happy Kids for the full details and join in the blog-hop!
                                                 







29 comments:

  1. Hi Abby,

    Love how your blueberries are distributed throughout the cake! and your presentation is fab!

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  2. Your cake looks lovely! Love the blueberries! And almonds too!

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    1. Tq Joyce .... This is seriously a "must try " recipe LOL

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  3. This looks absolutely delicious!!

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    1. Tq babe... this cake is really delicious ;)

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    1. Hi Anuja , this is really yummy . Must try .. LOL

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  5. hey hey girl! you're doing fabulous in all of your cakes!! i would love to hv a piece right now, you hear that? LOL!

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    1. Erm.... can we stay next to each other please... so u can taste my cake and I can taste your cooking .... LOL

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  6. YUM! Not only these cake look tempting but sounds delicious too!! Blueberries & almond, what a great combination! :)

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    1. Hi Kit, this is really a prefect combination . Must try ... ;)

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  7. I love blueberry and this cake is beautiful! I realized that DH always like to use almond meal in lots of cake and I guess almond meal did make most of her cake very moist and fluffy.

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    1. Hi Zoe, almond meal makes the cake moist and flavourful with nutty taste. I am starting to love DH's recipes . Thanks to you tho .. LOl

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  8. oh yummy! The combination of blueberries and almond sounds delightful!!

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    1. Hi Sam , this is really yummy . A "must try " recipe .. Heehee . Tq for dropping by babe. ;)

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  9. blueberries and almonds (and lemon) is one of my fave combis! yours look really good!

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    1. Hi Janine, I agree this is really a perfect combination ;)

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