Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream served on a cake stand

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 12-15

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (15)

  • kcal694
  • fat45g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre3g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 325g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for the tins
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 425g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • ½ lemon, finely zested
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 250g plain yogurt
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 225g ground almonds

For the filling and to decorate

  • 200g mascarpone
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • icing sugar, to taste, plus extra for dusting
  • 1-2 tsp rose geranium water or rose water, to taste (see tip, below)
  • 800g summer berries (raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, hulled strawberries and loganberries)
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • rose geranium flowers or other edible flowers

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the bases of three 23cm cake tins. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the almond extract and lemon zest. Use a fork to whisk the yogurt with the eggs. With the mixer on a low speed, add the flour, ground almonds and 1/2 tsp salt to the butter and sugar, alternating with the yogurt and eggs.

  2. Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 35-40 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack, remove the parchment and leave to cool.

  3. Beat the mascarpone to loosen it. Whip the cream until it holds its shape. Combine the cream, mascarpone and lemon juice, then carefully add the icing sugar and flower water to taste.

  4. Assemble the cake just before serving. Toss the berries with the caster sugar. Spread the flattest cake with half the cream, then add half the fruit. Top with a second cake, spread with the rest of the cream and top with the rest of the fruit. Finish with the last cake, sift over icing sugar, then decorate with rose geranium petals and rose geranium leaves (as long as they’re small).

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