Saturday, 14 July 2012

Strawberry & Blueberry Promise Cake

Dear Purple Picnic Bench,

I'm writing this to apologise.

It's July. And we haven't sat outside once on your creaky limbs properly this year. We haven't laid plates on your peeling table top, teetered wine glasses on that uneven part, carefully stood up to avoid tipping and I haven't made impromptu floral table centre pieces out of small flowerpots and fauna. We haven't discussed things over you. We haven't strewn you with tea lights in mason jars when the night closes slowly in.

You served as a potting table only to watch a lot of those seedlings eaten by snails. A cat has not sunbathed on your benches. You're currently upended by the shed to afford you some protection from the rain.

I made this cake as a test. When the sun finally does come out, I'll make another. We'll sit with you and eat it. I promise.



50gr butter
50gr caster sugar
1 egg
80ml buttermilk
2tbsp milk
100gr self raising flour
200gr strawberries, sliced
50gr blueberries

Crumble Topping
20gr plain flour
10gr butter
20gr caster sugar
15gr ground almonds

Cream for serving (optional)

1, Preheat your oven to 170o/c and spray a 7 inch pie dish with cake release.
2, In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy followed by the egg.
3, Beat in the buttermilk and milk and then fold in the flour.
4, Rub together the crumble ingredients until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
5, Transfer the batter into the prepared pie dish and scatter the fruit on top. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the fruit is starting to bubble and the crumble topping is golden brown.
6, Serve hot or cold with thick cream


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Tracy, it was delicious smothered in cream.

  2. That's a very fitting tribute to your bench and looks utterly delicious. One day soon the sun will appear again and the bench will have to stand to attention once again :)

    1. Thanks Choclette, I'm hoping for a hot and sunny September!

  3. Lovely cake but what's this sun thing you keep talking about? I can't remember a time when it wasn't raining. Actually, I can remember eating outside one warm afternoon in February this year. What went wrong?

    1. Thank you Phil, I think I've had permanently soggy shoes and feet for about 3 months. Its just getting silly now!

  4. this looks delicious, the pictures look like something you'd find in one of jamie olivers earlier publications - i love it!