Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake

With the last of the summer holidays on the horizon, I wanted to  add the recipe for the Strawberries and Basil cake that I made for the recent Cake Club. Everyone was taken by the flavour combination and pretty colours!

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g olive oil
  • 25g fresh basil
  • green colour paste (optional)
  • 100g strawberry jam
  • 150g vanilla frosting
  • fondant icing (to cover) or you could use vanilla frosting

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 6″ cake tin.Strawberries & Basil Cake - batter
  2. Blend the basil leaves with the olive oil until you  have a paste consistency.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and basil paste – fold together gently.
  6. If you would like the cake to have a stronger “green” colour then add the paste at this stage and mix thoroughly into the batter.
  7. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before icing.
  9. Divide your cake into 2 or 3, layer and stack with vanilla frosting and jam then cover with fondant icing or vanilla frosting.