Cranberry & Marzipan Cake

Here’s my next recipe from the Great British Bake Off Everyday recipe book – Cranberry & Marzipan Cake (page 48) which I made for my book club meeting a couple of weeks ago.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

115g cranberries (thawed if frozen)IMG_0781
100g unsalted butter, softened
65g caster sugar
200g marzipan
3 medium free-range eggs, at room temperature
120g ground almonds
120g plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
25g flaked almonds
icing sugar, for dusting

What you do

Heat your oven to 180°c and start by chopping the cranberries; the recipe suggest using a food processor but I actually used raspberries (not a fan of cranberries) and chopped them by hand which was perfectly fine.

Put the softened butter and sugar into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until light and creamy. Then crumble up the marzipan into small pieces and add to the mixture. Beat thorougly, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Cranberry & MarzipanBeat the eggs in a small bowl and then gradually add to the butter mixture. Then stir in the ground almonds.

Cranberry & MarzipanSift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold in. Once all the flour has been mixed in, carefully add in the raspberries, however avoid over-mixing. Stop once the raspberries look evenly distributed. As I’d used raspberries they do tend to mush up and bleed; I just think this adds to the finished colour.

Cranberry & MarzipanScrape the mixture into your tin and scatter the flaked almonds over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Cranberry & MarzipanSet on a wire rack and run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin to loosen.

Cranberry & MarzipanAllow to cool and dust with icing sugar to decorate.

Cranberry & Marzipan

Although the cake had sunk slightly in the middle and I had a real issue with the tin ripping the cake apart when I opened the springclip on the tin, it tasted really good. I don’t seem to have a problem with my taste and flavour but just getting them out of the tin satisfactorily! This is my own fault as I didn’t have any baking parchment so just had to make do with greasing.

Things I MUST buy: baking parchment

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