It’s all about the bilberries here right now; the forests are filled with them.
We call them blueberries, but they are actually bilberries as I learned not so long ago, they are smaller than blueberries and the taste is not as watery as in blueberries. The taste of them is really intense and a little sour - delicious if you ask me. Bilberries happen to be my favourite berry.
I have been thinking about a bilberry cake for a couple of weeks now and luckily I stumbled across this recipe just when we had been out picking up some berries. The recipe sounded so decadent and lovely that I had no other choice than to try it, I am not someone who can say no to a recipe which uses crème fraîche and lots of butter. The cream cheese icing was also just perfect, it is not common to ice these kinds of cakes here, so to me the icing sounded a bit exotic and different.
The cake itself was very easy to make, I used some almond flour and white rice flour in it and that worked out well. I loved the taste of it, this is just the kind of cake I like, dense and moist, not too sweet and a little bit tart, but not too tart.
I would highly recommend trying this recipe.
I used almond flour and white rice flour, but the original recipe uses wheat flour (of course!), so if you are not celiac you should use just wheat flour instead of the almond and rice flour. Some quinoa flour instead of rice flour would also work out; I have been just very determined to try out some other flours than quinoa, at least for a while, and that’s why I used rice flour here.
I used only 1 dl/1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar in the icing, but the original recipe uses twice that amount.
The cake can be served when it has cooled down; it is very moist, so it will not hold itself together all that well when it is warm.
Bilberry Cake Recipe
The recipe was adapted from Ruoka Pirkka.
Serves 10, takes approximately 10 minutes to make and 45 minutes to bake.
-150 grams/5,3 ounces soft butter
-1,5 dl/ 3/4 cup sugar
-1 dl / a little bit less than 1/2 cup crème fraîche
-1 cup almond flour
-1 dl /a little bit less than 1/2 cup white rice flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-200 grams/7 ounces blueberries or bilberries
Preheat your oven to 175 C/350 F.
Line a springform pan with baking paper and then grease it with some butter.
Mix together the butter, sugar, crème fraîche, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix together the flour and the baking powder.
Mix the dry ingredients together with the wet ingredients, but leave a little bit of the flour in the bowl and then gently mix the blueberries with the remaining flour.
Gently fold the berries in with the rest of the batter.
Pour into the pan and bake for 30-45 minutes until the cake is done. Let the cake cool down and make the icing.
-200 grams/ 7 ounces cream cheese
-0,5 dl/ 1/5 cup crème fraîche
-2 dl/ 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar (I used just half of this amount)
-2 tsp lemon juice
Mix everything together and then spread the icing on top of the cooled cake.
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