Oh cake – how I have missed you! I love nothing better than a bit of Saturday morning baking… followed by Saturday afternoon monching 🙂 I wasn’t sure exactly what I was gonna whip up last weekend when I threw a punnet of blueberries in the trolley – but this is what I came up with… and delicious it was!
175g butter (at room temp)
175g caster sugar
3 large eggs
225g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
140ml pot soured cream
2 punnets of blueberries
For the Icing
300g Icing Sugar
150g butter (at room temp – it makes life so much easier if the butter is softened!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to about 160 fan oven, 180 normal oven. Line 2 sandwich tins with greaseproof paper.
2. In your mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
3. Sieve in the flour half at a time and beat in. Then add the baking powder and mix through. Add the soured cream and then mix well again and lastly throw in a punnet of the blueberries and mix.
4. Pour the mix evenly into the cake tin (sometimes I throw them on the scales to see that they are approx even, otherwise you can end up with a huge bottom layer and small top!) Bake for about 45 minutes. Take from the oven and leave to cool for half an hour before icing.
5. For the buttercream icing, put your butter into the mixing bowl and sieve in half of your icing sugar. Beat together… this is hard work if your butter is cold and hard so really try to have it slightly softer. Sieve in the second half and beat again, adding a splash of milk if required to give a nice smooth consistancy.
6. Take the first layer of cake and add half the buttercream on top, spreading evenly with a spoon. Throw on a few blueberries (I had some cranberries so added them too) then add the second layer on top. Lastly add the rest of the buttercream and spread evenly across the top and scatter the remaining blueberries on top (I ran out!!) Sieve a small bit of icing sugar over the top to decorate.
And voila! There you have a yummy Blueberry cake to scoff as a treat 🙂