my blueberry birthday

blueberry birthday cake with a light cream cheese filling

This is my birthday cake.

I am absolutely, 100%, not ashamed to say that I baked my very own cake.

Mel’s been making fun of me since last week. He keeps telling me that a person absolutely should not be making their own cake. He might be right.

I on the other hand absolutely insist that it’s not a birthday unless there is cake. Which presents me with a problem. There are no gluten-free bakeries on the island, & other peoples ovens make me nervous. I want a reaction-free cake. Then there’s the problem that Mel’s no baker. Which leaves me with my one & only options of….. You guessed it… ME!

I had wanted a cherry & amaretto cake since I’m absolutely addicted to the combination at the moment…. but I’m a moron & forgot that cherries were out of season. Didn’t want chocolate. I feel like all I ever do it use chocolate. Carrot cake I’ve made countless times. So, what else? Banana? No, Eirini doesn’t like banana. Vanilla? Too boring. Fruity. But not peach.

Lucky for me, I love the colour purple & always have blueberries in my freezer. Problem solved. Blueberry cake for Lauren.

Don’t make fun. I put my age on it too. Yeah, I’m a bit of a strange one. Enjoy the recipe!!!

As for me, I special ordered the harvest moon tonight & it should be arriving here in an hour. How’s that for a birthday present!

Ingredients, cake:
– 300g frozen blueberries, thawed
– 250g light brown sugar
– 200g unsalted butter, room temp
– 4 large eggs, room temp
– 100g quinoa flour
– 100g almond flour
– 100g gluten-free all purpose white flour
– 1.5 tsp baking powder
– 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 1 tsp xanthan gum
– 0.25 tsp salt
– 0.5 tsp cinnamon

Directions, cake:
1. pre heat the oven to 175C. Grease & line two 20cm cake tine with parchment & set aside.
2. in a large bowl, combine the blueberries, sugar, butter & beat until the blueberries have been completely mashed. Add the eggs one at a time & beat between each addition.
3. in a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients & whisk to combine. Add half the dry ingredients to the wet & beat until everything has been incorporated. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients & beat until you have a nice, smooth batter.
4. divide the batter evenly between your two prepared cake tins & bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven & allow to cool completely.

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Ingredients, filling:
– 250g heavy cream
– 100g icing sugar
– 100g cream cheese
– 0.25 tsp vanilla extract

Directions, filling:
1. combine the icing sugar & heavy cream & beat together until stiff peaks. Fold in the cream cheese & vanilla.
2. spread the filling on top of one of the cooled cakes, & then place the second cake on top of it. Make sure it’s centred.

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****the cake could be complete here! If you feel you want an additional layer of sweetness or decoration though, proceed onto the buttercream.

Ingredients, buttercream:
– 200g unsalted butter, room temp
– 400g icing sugar
– 50g thawed blueberries

Directions, buttercream:
1. combien all the ingredients in a large bowl & beat for 3 to 5 minutes until thoroughly creamed, light & fluffy. Spread the butter cream on the outside of the cake & enjoy.

Tips:
*** the cake should last for up to a week in the fridge. However, it should always be brought to room temperature before serving to ensure it is at its best.
*** you can use fresh blueberries instead of frozen. I personally prefer them frozen because the freezing process breaks down the cell walls & makes the berries mushier, making them easier to blend.

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4 thoughts on “my blueberry birthday

    • Thank you Angie! It’s so nice to have birthday wishes from a fellow food blogger (nice blog by the way, love the pictures). x

    • Hi Aimee. Thank you for the birthday wishes! Let me just say, there’s no cake left & there were only four of us for dinner. & yes, I made sure to properly feed my guests before serving the cake. The pumpkin & ginger tray bake bars look absolutely divine!

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