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Fantasy Cake

The 91st of 100 recipes chosen from the blog to go into my cookbook, this is just a wonderful cake, exuding all the loveliness that is an English summer.

You know how the first sunshine of summer works – you sit outside in April or May after months and months of cold, grey, wet winter (and spring) days and you feel those first wonderfully warm rays sink into your bones – all is well with the world. Well, making and eating this cake is a similar experience: it’s best enjoyed warm – the sponge is moist and the deliciously gooey, sweet strawberries deliver summer direct to all of your senses – one of my favourite recipes from Lisa Faulkner’s book, ‘Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter’. Just lovely.

What you need…

1 x 23cm spring form cake tin, lightly buttered and lined with Bake O Glide or parchment paper on the bottom

175g unsalted butter, softened

150g caster sugar

150g self-raising flour

2 large, happy eggs

3 tablespoons milk

100g ground almonds

1 teaspoon almond essence

400g strawberries, hulled and halved

Icing sugar for dusting

What to do…

Preheat oven to 160°c / 325°f, gas 3.

Using a food processor, whizz together all the ingredients except the strawberries and icing sugar.

Stir in the fruit, reserving a handful for decorating.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and put the remaining handful of fruit on top of the cake.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 1-1¼ hours. To test if it is cooked, pierce the cake with a skewer – if it is clean when you pull it out, the cake is cooked. If not, pop it back in for another 5 – 10 minutes.

Turn the cake out of the tin onto a wire rack to cool and then dust with icing sugar. It’s most gorgeous served just as its turning from warm to room temperature, ideally outside enjoying early summer sunshine.

Inspired by…

Lisa Faulkner

How easy…

Really easy and it comes with a sense of well-being!







100 Favourite Recipes Cookbook

Since starting ‘Cooking the Books’ in 2015, I have amassed nearly 400 recipes that I have loved testing, tasting, photographing and blogging but the original point of all of this – other than indulging my love of abundant cooking, sharing, eating and drinking – was to write a cookery book for my kids, contained in which were our favourite family recipes and it has not yet been realised.

So, over the next few months, I am going to rifle the pages of my blog and randomly pick out 100 of my favourite recipes, haphazardly creating the book so long ago promised (I have tried over the last six months to do this in a grown up, structured fashion but it just isn’t happening). Tomorrow then, is the beginning of my 100 favourites and when I reach the end, I will have my promised book to share with family and friends and it will have evolved as each of the recipes did – they just took my fancy!

And once I close the final chapter on my favourite 100, a new chapter will begin in my kitchen – new recipes but taking a different approach – I hope you enjoy both the old favourites: lavish, sumptuous, rich and indulgent; as well the new: bountiful, vibrant and effervescent. Cheers!