Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blueberry apple yoghurt cake


Ever since the Blueberry Buckle Cake, I have been under gentle pressure from Gordon to make another blueberry cake because he missed out on the buckle cake. There are too many cakes and too little time for me to make the same cake twice, so as a compromise, my cake for work this week was a Blueberry Apple Yoghurt Crumble Cake.

The recipe for this cake came from the Coles supermarket June in-store magazine, and actually features in an advertorial for Vaalia yoghurt. I just used Greek yoghurt, and all was fine. This cake is tasty, and certainly has some nutritional merit with its apple, blueberry and yoghurt ingredients, but it wasn't my favourite cake this year by a long shot. (Although for the record, Sue says it is her favourite cake in the 8 weeks that I have been at my new job.)

The cake has a brown, crunchy outer layer with a softer middle, and has a crumble or streusel mixture on top. The fruit rests on top of the cake rather than being blended through it. I think there should have been more apple, but perhaps it was the smallish size of my apple that let me down here.

To make this cake, you will need:

Cake

125g butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sifted self raising flour
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced thickly
1/2 cup frozen blueberries


Crumble topping

60g chopped, chilled butter
1/2 cup plain flour

2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup flaked almonds



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a 20cm springform pan with baking paper.

Place the softened butter, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, and add the flour and yoghurt alternately to it in two batches, mixing it in with a wooden spoon until just combined.

Spread the batter (which is quite thick) into the prepared springform pan, and arrange the apple slices and blueberries on top.

In a medium sized bowl, rub the chilled butter into the plain flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and almonds.

Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the cake, and place it in the preheated oven to bake for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack.

Slice and serve with yoghurt.


12 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What lucky colleagues you have! I lkike the sound of this cake-yogurt always seems to make cakes beautiful and moist!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Lorraine - I agree, sour cream and yoghurt both give cakes a wonderful tanginess and moistness.

michelle | bleeding espresso said...

I *love* baked goods with blueberries; this looks fantastic!

Sara said...

I don't think I've ever combined blueberries with apples, but it sounds like such a great flavor combination! The cake looks delicious.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Michelle, so did Gordon - he brought me in some lemons as a reward.

Thanks Sara :) It was good.

natalia said...

Ciao ! Your cake looks really yummy !!!

The Caked Crusader said...

Cake looks great - don't want to spook you but I also made a cake using yoghurt and blueberries this week! Great minds......

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Natalia.

Crusader, that is spooky ... ESP??

Clivia said...

This looks yummy. I'm always looking for recipes that call for self-rising flour. I'll give it a try.

Ivy said...

Thanks for passing from my blog even if I haven't been around lately. Your new blog-look looks pretty. That cakes looks scrumptious and I love cakes with yoghurt. I can't get any blueberries in Athens but I might add some of my cherry compote in this cake.

The Blonde Duck said...

I would pressure you to make pie, I'm afraid. :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

This cake sounds a good keeper of a recipe - thanks for sharing with us :0)