First I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my Dad who turns 56 today! Love you! My dad is a pretty simple guy and although we do have an amazing bakery we go to for family celebratory occasions such as birthdays, I decided this year I wanted to bake him a cake this year. Just to refresh your memory, I started taking up baking earlier this year as a new mom. I have found that cooking/baking releases my stress so I have been trying to practice my baking technique slowly but surely this year. I wanted a recipe that wasn’t complicated and something I could easily follow and didn’t have to buy too many ingredients. I searched furiously (aka 2 minutes) for a cake I could bake and just stumbled upon a simple berry pie. I was intimidated into making my own pie crust so I decide just to go the much easier route and bake a cake.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup of melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups of fresh berries
- ground cinnamon (optional)
This recipe can be used with any berries of your choice. For me I love blueberries and always keep them frozen in the freezer (for smoothies) so I decided to use blueberries and blackberries for my cake (if using frozen berries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter).
Originally I had planned to use Vanilla Almond milk for a substitution, however Almond milk works fine in any recipe calling for plain milk, though one thing to keep in mind is that it’s very low in fat, so won’t offer the same richness as whole or 2% in baked goods. So at the last minute I decided just to go with regular milk. (FYI depending on the end product you can also use coconut milk)
To make the crumble, combine in a large bowl the flour and sugar (brown and white) Melt about 1/4 of butter in the microwave and pour into flour/sugar mixture. Mix with hands until crumbly. I had cinnamon sticks and wanted to add some cinnamon to the crumble so I took my Ninja threw a few sticks in there and blended. BAM…ground cinnamon! I added that to the crumble and mix it again with my hands a bit.
- Preheat oven to 375° degrees. In a blender or seperate bowl take the remaining crumble mixture (flour & sugar) along with eggs, baking powder and milk. Whisk/blend.
- Pour batter into a greased/buttered baking dish with berries and the crumble mixture on top
- Bake at 375° for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Let cake cool for 15-20 minutes and serve
I forgot to add the crumble mixture on top before I put in oven (chasing my 1 year old around the house) so I just added them afterwards (simple mistake but still came out yummy). You can also add chopped nuts to the crumble mixture on top if you like a bit of a crunch! Of course like any other recipe you can adjust and revise the ingredients to your own liking!