September 12, 2020

A SUMMER FRUIT CAKE (apple, pear and strawberry cake)

Until not very long ago the only fruits I used to put in a cake were raisins, currants and sultanas.
Certainly as a child a fruit cake meant just that, a cake with dried fruit in it, an occasional Sunday treat.  I can't imagine my mum contemplating putting anything else in a cake, not even apples.  Apples only went into pies or crumbles, as did rhubarb or blackberries. 

More recently I have made all kinds of cakes containing fresh fruit.  This turned out to be one of the best.  I spotted it in a blog somewhere and remember that it was adapted from a Nigel Slater recipe for a summer cake.  You can see that recipe here.  He used peaches and blueberries but I used what I had in stock; one apple, one pear and a few strawberries.

I also added a dash of something I got in Waitrose for extra fruitiness - raspberry flavouring.  It was a lovely cake, nice and fruity with a good crumb, not too moist or crumbly, just right in fact.
175g unsalted butter or spreadable butter
175g caster sugar (I used half golden and half white)
2 large eggs
175g self raising flour
100g ground almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp raspberry flavouring (optional)
300g fruit - I used apple, pear and strawberries but a mixture of stone fruit or berries would be fine.


Peel and core the apple and pear and chop into 1cm dice.  Put into a bowl and sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent them from discolouring.  Wash and cut the strawberries into similar sized chunks.

Butter and base line a 20cm round cake tin.  Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 fan.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar using an electric whisk until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat in.  Beat in the vanilla and flavouring.

Sift in the flour and fold in, followed by the ground almonds.  Put the chopped fruit into a sieve and drain off the lemon juice then add to the mixture and stir in.

Transfer to the tin and level the top.  Bake for about an hour until done.  Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Cuts into 8-10 slices.

Thanks to the New Blogger system for writing a post I no longer seem to be able to update the "pages" section in the blog.  Which is more than just a nuisance, having spent hours compiling it not very long ago.  It's really, really annoying and I am close to giving up.


  1. I love adaptable recipes like these. Ground almond cakes take fruit flavours so well. This reminds me to try baking with pear again. For some reason it's a fruit I rarely put in bakes.

    Also I can't seem to find the pages section on the new blogger system either, not on my phone anyway. Will have to see on my laptop.

  2. I'd better check out the pages situation on my blog.

    1. I was able to update a page on my blog in a perfectly straightforward way in new blogger!!??

    2. Well I have added in the link but it has been put right at the end of the list, not in the right alphabetical place where I wanted it. FFS !!!!

    3. I have now managed to rectify the incorrect listing by going back into legacy blogger. Which is not the aim really, is it ??!!

  3. That's a very inviting cake. I've never tried adding raspberry flavouring to a cake but that sounds like a very interesting idea. Like you, when I was growing up all fruit cakes were standard dried fruit and I remember being fascinated by finding that there was a long history of apple cakes in the West Country.
    I wish I could suggest a solution to your blogger problems but, for the moment, the new blogger system is working better than the old one for me. That's not saying a lot, though, because I had a lot of problems with the old version and I'm just pleased to have slightly fewer issues now.

    1. Phil, it seems that my problems were because I was using Internet Explorer. Hey ho.