Stew You

24 Apr


So me & Mr. Cakes have started getting our groceries delivered from the most amazing Hubbub. If you live in Shoreditch and are too lazy don’t have enough hours in the day to take the trip over the Victoria Park Ginger Pig, or Bottle Apostle, just tell Hubbub what you want and they’ll go to the shops and buy it for you. And deliver it to your door. Like I said, a-mazing. Mrs Lovell’s Greengrocer will do you an £8 fruit surprise, and if you happen to find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer volume of fruit you get for your money, why not at the end of the week stew up any older looking bits for this squidgy, cupcake-like cake.

Stewed Fruit Cake
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
120g butter
120g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
350g stewed and puréed fruit. I used plums & apples, use whatever you have handy.

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4, butter and line a 9 inch square cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs and vanilla, and then the stewed fruit.

Mix together the dry ingredients, them fold into the whisked butter, egg and fruit mix. Put the mix in the cake tin and level out. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly in the tin, then transfer to a cooling rack. When completely cool you can top with icing. Cream cheese frosting would be pretty good, but I went with a scant drizzle of glacé icing, made with 2tbsp lemon juice and 50g icing sugar. I was feeling frugal!

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