July 27, 2018
Summer Berry Cake!
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A two-layer summer berry cake stuffed with berries, with a summer berry frosting, coulis, and even more on top!
Summer berry cake!
It’s summer, and I HAVE HAD ENOUGH of all this sun. I am the summer grinch basically. I am a redhead, with very pale skin… and I hate the heat. Even more so, baking in this heat is a bit of a struggle to be honest if you have to be in the kitchen all day, but I still crave cake. I am a winter gal, but… I love summer berry flavours. Honestly, locally grown, and DELICIOUS fresh summer berries are the best treat to have.
Recently I posted my summer berry smoothie recipe because I am just so in the mood for berries all the time, but as people don’t like my ‘healthier’ recipes so much, I decided to make a summer berry cake instead!I will admit that I made this in the morning and then decorated in the evening to avoid the heat during the day.. but you might be lucky and not have a kitchen that gets as hot as mine!
But anyway… look at it. This summer berry cake is fresh, fruity, light, and delicious. I did decide to go for a two layer cake in comparison to a three layer cake like I did with my Eton Mess Cake, because some people only want two layers.
The amount in the sponges are actually the same, but I love a chunky sponge designed to feed many. I love a decent cake slice, I’m not here for thin and sad looking cake – I want fun along with my cake.
I realise not everyone loves a massive slab of cake, but you can easily cut a thinner slice! Either way, this cake is delightful. It’s a bit of a shock and horror moment that there isn’t any chocolate in this cake because I do LOVE chocolate in a bake, but this is just something else.
It’s the fruitiest cake whilst also being so incredibly fresh. Using your favourite summer berries in the cake means you get the flavour you want!
You can easily make a smaller cake, but why would you want to?! Either way, your fruit might sink a little… and you can try dusting the fruit with flour before mixing into the cake batter, but sometimes this does absolutely nothing for it. I tend to find the longer the cake is in the oven, the more the fruit sinks… but also if its a thin cake batter, they will sink anyway.
I went for a mix of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and then some red currants on the top. Using your favourite berries in the cake, and in the homemade coulis, and then the decoration on top? Dreamy.
I didn’t use red currants in the actual cake or coulis because I might have forgotten I had any at all… but do they really count amongst the summer ‘Berries’? My friend said they were an imposter, but they looked pretty… so thats that.
Another recipe I adore in the summer berry theme is my summer berry cheesecake and this is literally the cake version. I adore it because every bite is fruity, and because its more than one fruit you get so many different flavours in each bite. The different textures as well, makes it even better. I love how soft the fruit makes the cake, keeping it moist, yet still deeeelightful.
Making the coulis yourself is completely optional, as you can easily buy a jar from the supermarket.. but I love how you can basically make this coulis whatever flavour you want. For example, it could be made up of one fruit, or two, or 10 if you wanted. I generally find that the best flavouring is an equal mix of ripe berries.
I find if you use berries that are under ripe, they don’t have any flavour. However, seeing as the sun is STILL AROUND… berries have no problem with being ripe. Usually, they’re overripe, so perfect for making coulis with.
I used the coulis to colour and flavour my frosting and doesn’t it just look amazing?! You don’t need or want to add too much coulis because my god it’ll end up like soup, but the amount I use is ideal.
This does depend on the idea that you have to use BLOCK BUTTER to make this buttercream. You cannot use a spread or margarine as it will make it far too runny!
I beat the butter on its for a little while, add the icing sugar and beat again for several minutes. This makes sure that its all combined really well, and then I GRADUALLY add the coulis whilst beating to make sure it whips up wonderfully.
As you can tell from the photos, I pretty much just slathered my frosting onto the layers of cake, and then piled and piled fruit on top of the cakes. I added a drizzle of coulis as well because it always just looks so damn pretty.
You can decorate the cake however you fancy and want though, and that is always okay. Decoration is always personal, but with this beauty… the more fruit the better! ENJOY!
Summer Berry Cake!
For the Cake
- 300 g unsalted butter
- 300 g caster sugar
- 350 g self raising flour
- 6 medium eggs
- 400 g summer berries
For the Coulis
- 300 g summer berries
- 100 g caster sugar
For the Buttercream
- 200 g unsalted butter
- 400 g icing sugar
- 3-4 tbsp coulis
For the Decoration
- Red Currants
- Fruit Coulis
For the Cake!
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line two deep 8"/20cm tins with parchment paper.
- Add your butter, sugar, self raising flour and eggs to a stand mixer bowl (or other bowl if you don't have a stand mixer) and beat together until smooth.
- Alternatively you can beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and then add in the flour and eggs.
- Fold through the fruit, and split between the two tins.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until baked through. Sometimes because of the fruit it can take a little longer to bake, so keep an eye on it. A skewer should come out clean, and the cake shouldn't bake a bubbling/crackling sound when out of the oven.
- Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 20-30 minutes, and then remove carefully and cool fully on a wire rack. I find it easier to keep the parchment paper on the bottom of the cake when cooling because of all the fruit.
For the Coulis
- Whilst the cake is cooling, make your coulis. Alternatively, you can do this at any time and store it in the fridge.
- Add your fruit to a medium sized pan. I cut the tops of my strawberries and halve/quarter them depending on their size so they're the same size as the raspberries.
- Add your the sugar to the pan, and heat the mixture on a medium heat. Stir it often so the sugar doesn't catch, and mash the fruit down as it softens.
- Blitz the mixture so its smoother, and then pass it through a sieve to get rid of any seeds/lumps.
- Leave the coulis to cool fully. Store it in the fridge whilst not using for up to 4 days.
For the Buttercream
- Beat room temperature unsalted butter (NOT SPREAD) for a few minutes so its really smooth and supple.
- Add in the icing sugar and beat again.
- Add in the coulis and beat until smooth.
For the Decoration
- Put your first layer of your cake onto a plate, and slather on half of the buttercream.
- Add the second layer of the cake, and slather on the rest of the buttercream.
- Decorate the cake with the berries of your choice, and a drizzle more of the coulis!
- This cake should really be stored in the fridge because of the amount fresh fruit, but it does make it slightly firmer once refrigerated.
- Its best on the day of baking.
- Frozen berries will produce more liquid when baking so it might take longer to bake.
- You can easily use any shop bought fruit coulis if you don't want to make it!
- You can bake a smaller version of the cake by using two 8' tins and:
- 200g butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g self raising flour
- 4 medium eggs
- 300g of fruit
- 2/3 of decoration ingredients.
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Hello…is the flour quantity higher to make the batter thicker so the fruit doesn’t sink? And should the egg weight match the flour?
300 g unsalted butter
300 g caster sugar
350 g self raising flour
6 medium eggs
Hi Jane! Can I use frozen berries (you know the mixed ones)? Thank you 🙂
Hiya! Yes, this is definitely worth a go! Enjoy! x
Can I just substitute gluten free flour for self raising in this one?
Hiya! I personally have not tried this, however it is definitely worth a go! Hope this helps! x
I made this recipe and looks and it smells divine! Looking forward to tucking in later on.
I had some mixture left over added a bit of Whittards raspberry ripple hot chocolate powder to my butter cream/ frosting and have made some little cupcakes too.
Thanks for sharing !
Hi – can you freeze the undecorated sponges please? And would the coulis be ok to freeze separately in an air tight container?
Yes absolutely, you can freeze both! Hope this helps! x
Hello! How long would you recommend baking them for if making the smaller recipe listed at the end please? And could I use frozen summer berries to make the coulis or will it produce too much water? Thanks so much!
Hiya! I would bake this for 25-30 minutes+,and frozen berries should be fine! Enjoy! x
Was easy to make and looked amazing. Would have liked a little more fruity flavour in the buttercream which was a lovely pale pink, might be because I used majority of strawberry and raspberry but will
Definitely make again as
Was a crowd pleaser and looked stunning.
Hi Jane, the summer berries in the sponge, are they the same as what you have for the decoration but chopped up??
Thanks in advance x
Hiya, I don’t chop them up for the sponge but yes xx
Hey is it ok to make the day before and store in the fridge as i won’t have time to bake it on my mums birthday? thank you 🙂
Hey! Sometimes the fridge can dry a sponge out so I would personally store them at room temp but in a cool place if you can, but if not the fridge is fine!!
I need to buy some deep cake tins, can you recommend a specific one?
I will be doing a post about cake tins soon – however, they should be at least 3″ deep!
Hi Jane, thanks for yet another fabulous recipe! Could you tell me how to alter the recipe for two 9 inch pans & for two 10 inch pans please as I’m not sure which I’m going to use & don’t have 8 inch ones. My pans look like a regular depth – 2.5-3 in. Thanks in advance
For 9″ Tins, you would need to add another 1/3 on, so 400g Butter for example.
For 10″ Tins, you would need to add another 2/3 on, so 500g of Butter for example!
Many thanks for your reply Jane, that helps thank you!
1. One cane never, ever have too much hot, blindingly bright sun!
2.I have made several of your recipes and love them!
Hahah I wish I got on with the sun more but I really don’t haha! And thank you!!