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Orange and blueberry cake

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Introduction

This is an uncomplicated cake but it has real presence thanks to the natural flavours of the fruit. The combination of orange and blueberries is wonderful, and I’ve restrained the sugar to let some their tartness shine through.

I make it in a 3cm deep flan tin only because I like the fluted edges and, since it’s a rather flat cake, hardly rising to the edges of the tin, it bakes faster. You can make it in any cake tin you like, of course; just bake until the edges are golden and you'll be fine.

In keeping with its simplicity, there’s no need to use an electric mixer. In fact, I think it’s nicer to make cakes like this with a bowl and a wooden spoon, and it comes together very quickly with a few casual turns.

Ingredients

Serves: 6

  • 75 grams unsalted butter
  • 150 grams flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 75 grams caster sugar
  • 1 zest of orange
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 80 millilitres milk
  • 100 grams blueberries

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Method

Orange and blueberry cake is a community recipe submitted by aforkandapencil and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  1. Set your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Melt the butter and brush a little of it inside a 23cm (9-inch) loose-based flan tin or cake tin, setting the rest aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and sugar together with a balloon whisk or fork until well combined.
  4. Add the orange zest and juice, egg, milk and melted butter, stirring until combined. Pour the batter into the tin, scatter over half the blueberries and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Scatter the remaining blueberries across the cake, which should be just firm enough to stop them sinking too much, and continue to bake for a further 20 minutes or until the edges are nicely golden and the centre is cooked through when tested with a toothpick.
  6. Let it cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out.

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What 1 Other has said

  • This was delicious! I used brown sugar, added more frozen blueberries, about 1/4 cup more and baked it in a 9 inch glass pie dish. Yum! Thank you.

    Posted by bakercooker on 1st December 2022
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