Saturday, 26 June 2010

The 21st Century Housewife's White Chocolate, Macadamia and Blueberry Cake


How could anything with these ingredients not be delicious?  This is a beautiful cake for summer, light and delicious, and it couldn’t be easier to throw together.  Be sure to stir the blueberries into the flour as directed or they will sink to the bottom of the cake.  I use roasted salted macadamia nuts for this, but if you only have plain ones, just add a generous pinch of salt to the batter with the baking powder.  
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla 
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup fresh blueberries, washed and well drained
1 cup milk 
½ cup white chocolate chips or chunks
½ cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped plus
¼ cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped for decorating
Preheat your oven to 350℉ or 160℃.  (This is just a guide as oven temperatures vary so radically.)
Cream together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla.  Remove the bowl from the electric mixer.
Sift together the flour and baking powder.  Reserve about 2 tablespoons of blueberries, and gently stir the rest of them into the flour mixture.  Using a wooden spoon, add the flour and blueberry mixture alternately with the milk in two additions.  Stir gently so as not to break up the blueberries.  Add the white chocolate chips and the half cup of roughly chopped macadamias and fold in very gently.  
Pour the mixture into a greased and floured (or lined) eight or nine inch square or round pan.  Bake for  25 to 35 minutes (depending on your oven), until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.  If necessary, lower the heat towards the end of cooking to prevent over-browning.  Let the cake cool for a bit before taking it out of the pan and letting it finish cooling on a wire rack.  
Allow to cool completely before frosting with buttercream.  Just cream ¼ cup softened butter with 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar) and then add 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough cream (usually about 2 to 3 tablespoons) to make a soft, spreadable icing.  If I’m in a rush I use Betty Crocker’s Buttercream Icing instead so feel free to try that as well!  Sprinkle with the finely chopped macadamias and scatter the reserved blueberries over top. 

2 comments:

  1. Waw!! I just found your lovely blog!! I think that your blog & this special cake recipe is divine!!

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    Many greetings from sunny & hot Brussels, Belgium!

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  2. This sounds so delicious! I love white chocolate!

    Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

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