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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Black Currant Drizzle Cake

I think I baked my absolute most favourite cake of the year today! And, YES, that IS saying a lot!!

I picked up the August issue of Good Food Magazine yesterday on the strength of the picture on the cover alone . . . a lovely looking loaf cake covered with a sugared mixture of summer fruits, and studded throughout with the same. Oh my but it looked some scrummy.

I could not wait to make it. This week I discovered a Black Currant bush in our back garden. I had seen this bush with the berries on it a few weeks back but had no idea of what they were until this week . . . one taste confirmed it . . . Black Currants! Nom Nom!! I hadn't noticed them last year, probably because we were in Canada when they ripened. Our loss was the bird's gain!

We love Black Currants in this house. We really do. I even buy my cough sweets in Black Currant flavour! When I saw this lovely recipe I knew exactly what fruit I wanted to use for the topping. You guessed it! Black Currants!

Oh my . . . it is the most delicious cake. All buttery and moist, and studded with sweet yet tart black currants . . . and that sugared topping . . . double oh my . . . it is heavenly, pure bliss, sooooo scrumdiddlyumptiously moreish.

This cake is soooo good in fact . . . that I skipped supper tonight and had two slices of it instead . . . I know . . . I am a bad puddy tat! =^..^=

One taste and you'll know why . . . it is totally impossible to resist the scruminess of this delicious treat. I can only imagine how good it would be with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Be still my heart! ♥♥♥ This was love at first bite! (Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine, August 2011) If you only bake one cake this season . . . let this be the one!!

*Black Currant Drizzle Cake*
Makes one 2 pound loaf
Printable Recipe

A delicious cake that is just right for taking on a picnic, or for a garden party or for just because!!

6 ounces of very soft butter (3/4 cup)
6 ounces golden caster sugar (3/4 cup)
9 ounces self raising flour (1 1/2 cups) sifted
2 large free range eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla
6 ounces of black currants (about 2 cups)
5 ounces granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
2 TBS of fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a 2 pound loaf tin and line with baking parchment, allowing the ends to drape over for easy removal.

Put the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla into a large bowl. Beat together with an electric whisk until pale and creamy, about 5 minutes. Spread one third of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the black currants.. Dot another 1/3 of the batter over top of the currants. Spread over carefully. Sprinkle another 1/3 of the black currants over top. Finaly spread with the remaining batter, reserving the remainder of the currants for after.

Place into the heated oven and bake for about one hour, until risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

Place the remainder of the currants in a bowl along with the granulated sugar. Add the lemon juice and stir in with a fork, lightly mashing the fruit just a bit.

Take a skewer and poke holes all into the top of the cake. Spoon the fruit,sugar and juice mixture over top evenly. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. The top should be set and crisp. Cut into slices to serve. Eat within a few days. (So NOT a problem!!)

PS - You can use any summer fruit. Some suggestions are
  • diced apricots
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • diced nectarines
  • diced peaches
  • diced plums
  • raspberries
  • red or black currants
  • strawberries, diced if large
  • any mixture of the above fruits


  1. This looks fabulous! Wish I was there to take a bite!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. The cake looks delicious! Hello, Laura

  3. Marie, this looks wonderful! We don't have a blackcurrant bush in our garden but we DO have a redcurrant one and I'm always wondering what to make with them! I usually wash them with some stalks on and open freeze them, then use them for decoration on ice-cream, cheesecakes etc. This cake is a much better idea. The only thing is, the bush will be dug up soon to make way for a patio area, perhaps we can transplant it now that I have this recipe!!

  4. That looks gorgeous. I love blackcurrants but I have never been able to grow them or should I say harvest them as I encourage the birds to my garden and they don't understand they are not meant to eat these particular berries.;)

  5. This looks so lovely and summery.

  6. when i saw this coming up I didn't stop tp comment on the almond tarts, I just came right here,, this is my kind of cake as well.I AM making this,, delicous.I'm sorry your dish washer didn't come, you would have thought they would call you instead of having you wait like that.We had a geat celebration,, looks like a lovely day today as well.Don't eat too much of the cake,, lol.It will be a hard job leaving that one alone.

  7. Just brown sugar like we have here will do Marie? looks great ..I have blueberries..may do this this week for J.

    Made your potato salad today to bring with..
    Thank you as always for the great recipes..Have a great weekend~

  8. Monique, don't use brown sugar. Use granulated white sugar or white caster sugar. Hope this helps!

  9. wish i could find some black currants!

  10. The currants look just beautiful resting on the top of this cake. Congrats on making your favorite cake of the year so far!

  11. This make me droll dear Marie you know, look amazing, huggs my dear,gloria

  12. All these blackcurrant recipes appearing on blogs recently are making me envious. I will have to go and pick a few punnets up I think, this cake looks fab, perfect for afternoon tea ;0)

  13. Greetings from Stockholm - Thank you for the recipe! I saw the magazine on my iPad and hoped someone had been kind enough to post it :)

  14. We bought some red and blackcurrants from a little stall outside someone's house - we live near to Folkestone- so we needed a recipe to use them - found yours on Sunday 10 July - we had twenty people coming for lunch / afternoon tea but decided anyway to go for it, even tho it hadnt been tried before - my sister who is staying with us from SA is an excellent baker, so I had faith! The cakes were a huge success - thank you!! Julie

  15. Your black currant drizzle cake is amazing. I never know what to do with all my black currants after jam, ice cream, summer puddings so stockpile them in the freezer. Just so delicious!!

    Lizzie in Somerset

  16. Thank you for this recipe! My husband says it is the nicest cake he has ever had! I think I'll be making it all blackcurrant season.

  17. Thank you for this recipe, mu husband says it is the nicest cake he has ever tasted!
    I guess I'll be making a few more while it's blackcurrant season.

  18. Can I replace butter with vegetable oil ?

  19. Rabia as I have never done so, I would not like to say for sure that it would work out.

  20. Rabia, I found this information about subbing oil for butter on the Nigella cooking site:

    In some cases it may be possible to switch between oil and butter in a cake recipe but it is not something we recommend. Butter adds a surprising amount of flavour to cakes, particularly vanilla or plain cakes. If oil were used instead the cake would taste bland and be much less appealing. Also if the cake is made by the creaming method - beating butter and sugar together and then beating in eggs - then oil is not a suitable substitute as it cannot be beaten to incorporate air and if oil is used the cake will be flatter and denser than the creamed version.
    Unsalted butter also contains roughly 80% fat, 18% water and 2% milk solids so even in cake recipes where the butter is melted you can't switch vegetable oil directly for butter as oil is 100% fat and the cake could become too greasy or heavy. You will need to use 80% of the weight of butter as oil and make up the difference with another liquid such as milk or sour cream.

  21. Our blackcurrant season is just about to begin and I still have some from last year so I am going to try this cake as it looks delicious. Does this cake freeze so I can make this as well as jam with the new seasons!

  22. Linda, I am sure you could freeze the cake. I am not sure about the topping, but you could just make a simple drizzle icing when you thaw the cake out and serve it with some of your black currant jam! xx

  23. hi,

    I made this cake yesterday as our freezer is full of blackcurrants (and I want to make room for brambles!) I don't normally use butter for making cakes as (A) I find it difficult to work with (B) its expensive (C) I never remember to take it out of the fridge in time. but on this occasion I did use butter as we had almost run out of olive spread and for once I did actually take it out early to soften. I found the cake was difficult to make (see point A above!) as the cake mix was very thick and just formed a solid blob around the beaters on my mixer. Adding some milk helped a little bit. But in the end the cake is very good, like a Madeira cake with sharp blackcurrants to balance the rich sweet buttery-ness. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. I didn't have that problem Carolyn, but it is a thick batter which is why I suppose they suggest spreading it into the pan instead of pouring it in. That enables the fruit I suppose to stay where it is supposed to. It is a very good cake, but dense and Madeira (pound cake) like for sure. Glad that you persevered and were able to enjoy it! xx

  25. Can this be made using a straight substitute of gluten free flour?

    1. Having never done that myself, I cannot answer your question with any certainty Unknown. Sorry!

  26. Super delicious cake.
    I made it for my dad's birthday as it be blackcurrant season in Suffolk.
    I threw in an extra egg, a good glug of milk and some water to lighten the dough as an experiment and the cake was completely demolished by the hungry hoards.
    Thanks Marie, I'll be making this again :)

  27. So happy it was enjoyed Nick! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us all know! Happy Birthday to your Dad! xo

  28. Hi. It's not clear if you cook the blackcurrants that go on top of the cake with the sugar and lemon juice. Can you explain for me please as I want to make this cake today. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sally, the currants are not cooked that go on top. They don't get crisp, but the sugar coating does. I hope you like this cake. We really like it a lot! You can also use other fruits. xo

    2. Thanks Marie. Going to make it now.


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