Summer Berry Crumble Cake
Due to some home improvement works, my kitchen is currently off-limits! This means that over the past few weeks there has been an abundance of takeaway pizza for dinner and binge-watching Netflix in bed, which secretly I don't mind at all!
I could live without the home cooked dinners, but going bake-free was out of the questions so, before the work started, I packed up my kitchen essentials and moved myself into my sister’s kitchen. She didn’t have much of a choice but, at the same time, her fridge has never been so full of sweet treats – so she can't complain too much.
Whilst brainstorming cake ideas, I found myself scrolling through old photos, and came across a picture of a summer berry crumble cake I'd made a couple of years ago. Admittedly, the cake was a little on the rustic side – but I remembered it being a successful bake, so I thought I would recreate it with a bit more finesse.
This cake encompasses all of the comfort of a classic crumble – a lightly spiced brown sugar sponge cake, complete with a crunchy, yet chewy crumble topping – whilst celebrating summer with fresh berries, homemade compote, and a light and creamy Swiss meringue buttercream.
Each layer is filled with the compote, and topped with a handful of berries – adding a tartness that works to balance the sweetness of the compote and buttercream. The colour of the buttercream is completely natural as well – using blitzed up blueberries and raspberries. I’d recommend adding teaspoon of the puree at a time until you have reached the right shade of pink. You don’t have to use it all, depending on how vibrant you want your cake to be. Initially, I only used about ¾ of the puree and ended up adding the rest of it to the buttercream once I’d finished the crumb coat.
There are a few different elements to the cake, but don't be overwhelmed by the length of the recipe - just make sure to read through all of the steps before starting to get your timing right! This cake will keep for up to 2 days, unless you have hungry builders around too – in which case, it won’t last for long…