While it may not be very sunny outside at the moment, this recipe is sure to give you a taste of summer! Complete with a burst of blackberry and bramble jam, this sandwich cake is the perfect showstopper for your lunch or tea party, if you're looking for a more creative take on the traditional cream sponge.
Luckily, although this cake packs more of a punch in terms of taste and visual appeal, it's still very simple to make. All you'll need to whip up this marvellous creation are two round cake tins, some baking parchment, a whisk, and our easy-to-follow recipe from BBC Good Food!
For the Cake:
- 200g of softened butter
- 200g of golden caster sugar
- 200g of self-raising flour
- 50g ground almonds
- 2 eggs and 2 yolks, beaten
- 2-4 tbsp of milk
- A 150g punnet of blackberries
For the Meringue:
- 2 egg whites
- 100g of golden caster sugar, with extra to dust
- 2 tbsp of flaked almonds
For the Filling:
- 200ml of lightly whipped double cream
- 4 tbsp of bramble jelly
Step 1 - Line your tins with baking parchment and heat your oven to the correct temperature: 160C/140C Fan/Gas Mark 3
Step 2 - Mix all of your cake ingredients (except the blackberries) and half the milk in a bowl. Once the mixture is creamy and well-combined, stir in a 100g of blackberries, and add in extra milk if the mix needs to be loosened.
Step 3 - Divide the mixture between two cake tins, making sure that the tops are level.
Step 4 - Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl, adding in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy.
Step 5 - Spread the meringue mixture onto one of the cakes, then sprinkle with flaked almonds and another dash of sugar.
Step 6 - Bake both cakes for 40mins, before removing the cake without the mixture and setting it aside.
Step 7 - Bake the cake with the meringue for a further 30mins, before removing from the oven and setting aside.
Step 8 - Remove the cakes from the tins, and leave them to cool further on a wire rack, before pealing off the baking paper.
Step 9 - Once cooled, spread the plain cake with cream, right up to the edges, before spooning over the bramble jelly.
Step 10 - Place the meringue cake on top (meringue side up) to create a sandwich, then use the remaining blackberries to decorate.
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