Bakewell sponge cake

Bakewell sponge cake

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How to Cook Cakes
Serves
8-10
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

Here all the lovely flavours of a Bakewell sponge pudding come together as a cake. If you don’t like marzipan, leave it out altogether, and replace the almond extract with a few drops of vanilla extract to create a raspberry ripple sponge instead. You will need a 23cm round loose-based cake tin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
oil, to grease
100g white marzipan
4 eggs, at room temperature
110g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon bitter almond extract, to taste
170g self-raising flour
50g flaked almonds

For the raspberry purée

Quantity Ingredient
300g fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons framboise syrup

To finish

Quantity Ingredient
icing sugar, to dust

Method

  1. To make the purée, bring the raspberries and Framboise syrup to the boil in a small saucepan over a low heat. Bubble vigorously for 4–6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture looks quite thick and ‘jammy’. Pass through a sieve into a bowl while still hot, and leave to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the sponge, grease the cake tin and line the base with a disc of baking parchment. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Cut the marzipan into 1.5cm dice and set aside. Break the eggs into a small bowl and, using a fork, beat lightly to break them up.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl, using an electric whisk, until pale, light and fluffy. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar in several additions, beating well between each one (5 or 6 additions will do).
  5. Add the almond extract and diced marzipan, folding them into the mixture using a large metal spoon or a spatula. Sift the flour into the bowl and carefully fold it in, trying not to beat any air out of the mixture.
  6. Drizzle the cooled raspberry purée over the sponge mixture and fold it in quickly and very lightly, so that it creates a marbled effect; do not be tempted to over-mix, or you will lose the rippled appearance in the cooked cake.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level it out with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the surface and lightly press them into the mixture using your fingertips.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 50–60 minutes, or until well risen, golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10–15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. Peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely. Before serving, dust generously with icing sugar.
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cakes
baking
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