Blackberry & Apple Loaf Cake

Blackberry & Apple Loaf Cake

What a glorious, long and sunny Summer we’ve had this year! But signs of Autumn are on the way, and I have to admit there is something rather charming about Autumn. The rich colours of the leaves on trees, layering up fashion with an Autumnal coat, and of course, Autumn flavours.  

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, it’s the perfect time to bake delicious comfort food. Blackberry and apple with a hint of cinnamon epitomise classic Autumn ingredients for me. Where I live, my daughter and I often go for walks in the forest, and we’ve been picking fresh, ripe blackberries straight from the bramble bushes. That said, my daughter is (unfortunately) picky when it comes to eating fresh fruit. Instead she takes great delight from picking the blackberries and feeding them to our greedy beagle (!), who eagerly devours them.

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, I decided to try a new recipe incorporating our fresh blackberries from the forest, hoping that the results would tempt my daughter to get her healthy Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese intake from the blackberries in cake-form!

Below, I’ve shared the Blackberry and Apple loaf cake recipe by Angela Nilsen, and can confirm that the cake was a huge hit with my daughter. Truth be told, it was a huge hit with my husband and I too, and didn’t last long! 

 Happy Baking!

Ingredients

250g self raising flour

175 unsalted butter

175g light muscovado sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 rounded tablespoons demerara sugar

1 small eating apple, quartered (not cored or peeled)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 orange, finely grated zest

1 teaspoon baking powder

225g blackberries

Method

1.    Preheat the oven to 180ºC / fan 160ºC. Line the bottom of a 1.7litre loaf tin. Rub the flour, butter and muscovado sugar in a large bowl, using your fingers to make fine crumbs. For the topping, measure out 5 level tablespoons of mixture in a small bowl and mix in cinnamon and demerara sugar. Set aside.

2.    Coarsely grate apple down to core and mix in with eggs and zest. Stir baking power into rubbed-in mixture in large bowl, then lightly stir in egg mixture. Don’t overmix. 

3.    Gently fold in ¾ of blackberries with a metal spoon. Spoon into loaf tin and level. Sprinkle over topping and bake for 1 hour 15 mins. Check after 50 minutes and cover loosely with aluminium foil if top is browning too much. When done the cake will feel firm, but test with a skewer. 

4.    Leave in the tin for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Peel off the paper before cutting. Enjoy!

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Having originally hailed from South Africa, I moved to the UK in 1999 where I now live with my husband, young daughter and three dogs. When I’m not planning weddings and events I love to bake and enjoy the delights of London’s finest afternoon tea establishments. {Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!} 

I draw a lot of influence from emerging interior design trends, fashion, travel and exhibitions. And if asked to describe my style, I would say it’s feminine and modern with classic undertones. I love the stylish foundation of something classic or traditional and layering it with something a bit bold or contemporary – whether it’s in my home or what I wear. For example, I love a feminine black dress, but will add a statement necklace or a bright jacket or scarf for personality. I also have an obsession with grey.