Tuesday, 16 June 2009

broccoli cake...

This is a gorgeous cake to make and so impressive when you slice through it and discover the broccoli florets in the middle. My mum would find it hard to make as it has 7 eggs in and with her post rationing upbringing and make do and mend approach, to have that many eggs is very indulgent!

serves 8

500g (2.5 cups) unsalted butter, softened
800g (1 lb 12 oz) broccoli cut into florets
100g (1/2 cup) caster/superfine sugar
7 eggs
550g (3 2/3 cups) plain/all purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 rounded tsp turmeric
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4.
Butter a 25cm loaf tin and line its base and sides with parchment paper.
Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for about 3 minutes, then drain well and set aside.
Beat the butter till it is very light and creamy, then beat in the sugar.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Mix together the baking powder, turmeric, cayenne, curry powder and salt and fold into the mixture with the flour. Mix well and spoon into the prepared tin.
Push the broccoli into the mixture - be quite generous so that each slice will have a good number of florets.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the tin before taking it out - but eat on the same day. This cake does not keep very well.


  1. i've got this book and adore it. aren't the photos gorgeous! tell me emma, how did you re-do your blog so you have images and text on either side of your posts? x

  2. Hi Jodi, how are you?
    I followed the instructions here http://www.threecolumnblogger.com/2008/09/three-column-minima-layout-version.html and voila a 3 column format! Emma x

  3. OOOOh I love the sound of that! I am going to give it a go. Love your blog! Lucy x

  4. I have NEVER heard of broccoli cake, but it sounds very good. I've listed it in a Spring Break roundup on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. I've got tutorials on things to make and things to bake and a couple of cool etsy artists for things to take this spring break. Come on over and check it out and thanks for the inspiration!


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