Sprüngli Truffle Cake – wonky chocolate cake

Seductive specialties, light and airy temptations, delicately smooth chocolate indulgences, confectioner’s craft with tradition. Sprüngli is loaded with superlatives. I got their classic truffle cake recipe and boy it did not dissappoint.  I want to think  my homemade truffle cake belongs to that 1st class.NakedPlate-TruffleCake

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Cranberry Upside Down Cake with Toffee – Cranberry madness continue

What’s with the cranberries! I have fell in love with them on this season. I promise this is the last cake or bake with cranberries, well ….almost, I had something in my mind, I’d love to share later. This is the season after all.

Everyone knows Pineapple upside down cake, but have you ever tried to make cake upside down with cranberries.
I like the flavor of brown sugar with cranberries, they match together so well with hint of cinnamon, which I left out this time, because my dear cake-taster doesn’t like cinnamon. I left out butter from topping and drizzled the cake with toffee sauce and few flakes of coconut.

 

Cranberry Upside Down Cake recipe

Ingredients

Cake:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
120 g butter, softened
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

Topping:
4 cups cranberries, rinsed, get rid of bad cranberries, and at room temperature (just a bit less than a 350 g bag of cranberries).
50 g butter
1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Preparation method

1. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
a. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
b. On low speed add half the flour mixture then mix to combine.
c. Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix to combine.
d. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until smooth.

3. Butter a 18 cm (9″) cake pan and sprinkle evenly ½ cups sugar mixed
with one teaspoon cinnamon on bottom, add cranberries and bits of butter here and there.

4. Spread batter evenly over the cranberries in the cake pan.

5. Bake at 180 – 200°C until golden brown, edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan, and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Run knife around edge to loosen cake. Invert onto plate.

Note: When you pull out cake of the oven to test, it might appear liquid. The cake is like moving on top of the layer of cranberries. The large amount of butter and shifting cranberries made an almost liquid layer on the bottom of the cake. It will come together when cake cools, the cake is at best on next day when it’s settled.

Toffee sauce

Ingredients

120g light brown sugar
120g butter
100ml cream or full cream milk

Preparation method

1. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved but not burned.
2. Stir in the cream or milk and heat gently until bubbling, stirring continually until thickened (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and serve warm.

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Surprise your loved ones, friends and neigbors with lovely home made gift. I did two cakes with this recipe and used two 15 cm cake tins. Wishing you very happy festive season!

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Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberry season is here!

When I was a kid we spend every summer holidays in my grandma’s farmhouse in the middle of Finland. Every year we followed my parents with my sister and brother to the forest beside the farm. It was not just another picnic day. We were picking up blueberries, cloudberries, raspberries and mushrooms. Best part of the harvest trip was my mom’s homemade snacks we got to eat on the trip. We had hardly arrived to those blueberry tussocks when we started to ask if we are already there and can we eat already.

Best bake made of blueberries is traditional Finnish blueberry pie made on mildly-sweet dessert bread dough called pulla in Finnish. Making pulla is challenge for me I have not yet succeeded.
Instead I have another easy recipe for blueberries Blueberry Upside down cake. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Now let’s get blue lips….

Recipe
Blueberry Upside down Cake

Topping:
3 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed & drained)
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
2-3 tablespoons butter

Spread berries evenly in bottom of greased springform or cake pan. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine sugar and corn starch and pour over berries. Dot with butter.

Cake:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream or yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. On low speed add half the flour mixture then mix to combine. Add sour cream or yoghurt and vanilla. Mix to combine. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until smooth. Spread batter evenly over the blueberries in the springform or cake pan.

3. Bake at 180-200°C (350°F) until golden brown, edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Run knife around edge to loosen cake. Invert onto plate. Invert again onto serving plate. If any blueberries remain in the pan just put them back on top of the cake. Cut into wedges and serve.

Note: At first when you pull the cake out of the oven to test, it looks that the cake is still very liquid. On second time you test and it still appears to be just as liquid, it’s because the cake is moving on top of the layer of blueberries. The large amount of butter and shifting blueberries makes an almost liquid layer on the bottom of the cake. It’s normal and it will set after cooling.