We wanted to make a cake. We were going to our friends house and wanted to bring a cake. Iris had been asking for days and days to bake something and now a great occasion appeared. It’s just that when you have wanted something for a long time and it finally happens it almost never lives up to your expectations. I can’t exactly remember how it all started but Iris was suddenly very moody, Roberto stressed with a lot of things to do and me asking for help all the time, Greta eating everything that fell on the floor and constantly being in the way and me trying to make a cake. It was not a surprise then when I smelled something burnt. But after taking care of that we reinvented the cake and it actually turned into a better cake. We like to call it our surprise cake since you in the reinvented version can’t really see all the yummy ingredients until you cut it. It is so filled with flavour and it taste great together with some whipped cream and in company of good friends.
The cake was finally done and the chaos was over!
We were planning on using only red currants but then Roberto came home with some hand picked blackberries. Both of these berries grow in a lot of public places where you can pick them.
Iris mood was a little better because she knew that soon it was time for…
…what she had waited for all along.
And this is what it looked like at our friends house the same evening.
Recipe for Surprise Cake
For the batter
100 g melted butter
1,5 dl ( 3,55 cups ) sugar
2 limes ( only the peel )
2 dl ( 4,73 cups ) flour
1 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
For the filling
2 dl ( 4,73 cups ) of berries ( we used 1 dl red currants and 1 dl blackberries )
75 g butter
0,75 dl ( 1,77 cups ) sugar
0,75 dl ( 1,77 cups ) golden syrup
0,5 vanilla pod
1,5 tbsp flour
1,5 tbsp milk
2,25 dl ( 5,32 cups ) grated coconut
A pinch of salt
Breadcrumbs and butter for the baking pan.
Heat the oven to 175° C ( 347° F). Butter a baking pan ( approx 24 cm diameter) and spread the bread crumbs. Start with the filling. Put all ingredients, except the berries, for the filling into a saucepan and heat it while stirring in low to medium heat. When it is done, set aside and place a plate over it to keep it warm. Now mix the eggs and sugar until it turns white and fluffy. Add the lime peel and melted butter. In the meantime blend all dry ingredients for the batter and carefully turn it into the wet mix. Pour it into the baking pan and spread the berries evenly over the batter. Do the same with the rest of the filling using two spoons. Don’t try to spread it out since the filling is to thick and sticky for that. Simply drop small spoons of filling into the cake. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes then take it out and let it cool. Enjoy!