April 12, 2009

Blueberry Cake (Not Your Typical One)

Found this recipe on Taste when I wanted to find cake recipes to use up some blueberries that I have stored away in my freezer. Brought this to church as afternoon tea today...

The original recipe is found here and it uses olive oil instead of butter. I have modified it a bit to make it a (hopefully) healthier version.

200ml of olive oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 tsp almond essence (or 3 tsp vanilla essence)*
3 eggs
1/2 cup unprocessed natural bran*
1 punnet of blueberries (~125-150g)
1/2 cup buttermilk*
icing sugar to dust

*not in original recipe

1) Whisk olive oil, almond essence and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix it well until the sugar is almost dissolved.

2) Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Fold sieved flour, alternating with buttermilk. Fold in bran until well mixed.

3) Pour batter into prepared baking tin. Sprinkle blueberries on top. Bake at 180C for 40 minutes. Dust with icing sugar when cake is cooled.

Cake before baking

Cake before serving

Many in church who tasted this cake liked it. One even said it tasted healthy! I think it was because the cake was sufficiently moist but not oily and plus there are fruits and (unknown to people) bran added. I am also pleased that you cannot taste or feel the texture of bran but it is in there. Now you can have healthy white-flour foods! :)

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