This is one from the archives. A relatively easy cake that packs a real blueberry punch! Because of all of the blueberries, it is a moist cake that keeps well.
Blueberries seem to be perennially in season here in Sydney and are relatively inexpensive. I have them permanently on hand for my breakfast granola with Greek yoghurt. But they’re yummy baked in a cake too.
This cake maximises the blueberry thing with fresh blueberries, dried blueberries and blueberry jam. The main hit comes from the fresh blueberries, and you could easily leave the dried ones out altogether- they’re not always easy to buy. Or substitute some raisins instead.
The “jam” is actually pretty simple – some blueberries cooked with sugar and water to make a rough preserve.
And a double hazelnut hit from the ground hazelnuts and the toasted hazelnuts.
It can be dressed up or down – great for afternoon tea or for a dessert.
125g softened butter
115g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 free-range eggs
1 heaped tbls sour cream
90g ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup toasted and finely chopped hazelnuts
100g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30g dried blueberries, soaked in 1 tblsp of water for an hour (or substitute raisins or leave out altogether)
200g fresh blueberries
75g caster sugar
You can make this cake in a stand mixer, but I prefer to use a food processor. Either will work well!
Preheat oven to 170 degrees C or 160 degrees C fan-forced. Grease a 20cm spring form tin and line base with baking paper.
Cream butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a food processor. Add the free-range eggs and process until eggs are well incorporated. Pulse in the sour cream. Sift the ground hazelnuts with the chopped hazelnuts, SR flour and bicarbonate of soda. Stir in the sifted ingredients into the mixture with a spoon, then stir in the milk.
Fold in the soaked dried blueberries or raisins if using, and half of the fresh blueberries. Spoon into the springform cake tin.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the remaining blueberries and caster sugar with 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved, the blueberries are slightly softened and the liquid slightly reduced. You can gently press on the blueberries with the back of spoon to help them release their juices.
Cool the cake completely in the tin before removing the ring of the springform tin. As the cake is quite moist and therefore a bit delicate, carefully remove it from its base using an offset spatula or indeed a ordinary metal spatula.
Pile the blueberry “jam” onto the top of the cake. Serve with more fresh berries and a sprinkling of sugar if desired, with whipped cream, creme fraiche or sour cream, any kind of cream goes well with this sweet blueberry baked delight!