Preparation and cooking time
- Prep:20 mins
- Cook:45 mins
- Serves 12 – 16
Enjoy these blackberry and almond cake slices for afternoon tea, or as dessert served with vanilla ice cream. They’re made with fresh blackberries and jam
- 225g butter, plus extra for the tin
- 225g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp
- 3 medium eggs
- 275g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 50g ground almonds
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 3 tbsp berry jam of your choice (we used blackcurrant)
- 150g blackberries
- handful of flaked almonds
- STEP 1
Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, butter a 20cm square tin and line with baking parchment. Beat 200g of the butter and 200g of the sugar together in a large bowl using an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. When smooth and creamy, add 225g of the flour, the baking powder, almonds, milk and vanilla, and mix to combine.
- STEP 2
Scrape the mixture into the tin and level the surface with a spatula. Dot over teaspoons of jam, then scatter over the blackberries, pressing them in gently.
- STEP 3
To make the crumble topping, weigh the remaining 25g butter and 25g sugar into a bowl, add the rest of the flour and a pinch of salt. Rub the ingredients together between your fingertips until they are a crumbly consistency. Mix in the flaked almonds, then scatter the crumble over the cake. Scatter with the 1 tbsp caster sugar and bake for 45 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- STEP 4
If the cake isn’t ready, return to the oven for 5-10 mins more, then check again. Leave to cool for at least 20 mins in the tin before slicing and serving.