This weekend I went to my first Clandestine Cake Club meeting. I literally cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than chatting to new people over eight or so slices of cake. The premise is that you meet up every two months or so and everyone brings a cake relating to that meeting’s particular theme – and then everyone just sits around eating it and talking about cake. It’s not a competition, it’s just cake. Bloody lovely, I say.
The theme for this meeting was ‘Herts Delight’ where you had to make a cake using local ingredients from around Hertfordshire. My mum has been taking me on walks around Highfield all summer with enormous plastic bags, and we now have a freezer full of blackberries. Therefore it made a lot of sense to us to make a blackberry cake. Now I know this cake may not be the prettiest, but give it a chance, because it tastes absolutely gorgeous, especially with a dollop of cream or ice-cream.
5oz unsalted butter, softened
5oz caster sugar
5oz ground almonds
5oz self-raising flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
2tsps vanilla extract
8oz frozen blackberries
Icing sugar, for dusting
Frozen blackberries work best for this recipe because they hold their shape better. To make the batter combine all of the ingredients, except for the blackberries, in a large mixing bowl. If you’re using real butter instead of something like stork then beat the butter and sugar together first. The batter should be quite thick, almost like a biscuit dough texture.
Halve the mixture. Use your hands to flatten balls of the batter to cover the entire base of the tin using one half of the mixture.
Bake in the oven for one hour or until golden brown and cooked throughout. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
There were a few other blackberry cakes at the meeting, as well as a couple of Hertfordshire honey cake, two chocolate cakes and my particular favourite: A pear and mincemeat cake. I will definitely be making this for us at home soon.
For more information on the Clandestine Cake Club or to find a club near you visit this website.