Next weekend, we have our inaugural Clandestine Cake Club meeting and the theme is "Cakes with Benefits" so the mission, should we choose to accept it, is to bake a cake that's in some way good for you. Now, I have been able to justify most things cake-wise because if you look close enough (and yes, I accept that sometimes you have to really squint), there's always a health benefit in there somewhere. So fruit seemed like a good place to start. My plan was to bake by the seat of my pants for our meeting, but why take a chance when you have willing tasters on hand? It's all very well using 'healthy' ingredients but it's not much use if it doesn't taste ok.
So the cake: thought I'd give the blueberry soured cream cake a whirl from the Good Food site. It has lots of good reviews, one of which mentioned adding raspberries for contrast which, I have to agree, does make it look tasty. In terms of the baking, it was a doddle. Everything happened like the recipe said it would. Ultimately, I may not go with this one for the CCC meeting - I have a hankering for rhubarb having read Baking Explorer's recent post. I'll see how the results go and what sort of mood I'm in next week.
As for the health benefits of blueberries, well they do make fascinating reading. Free radicals this, antioxidants that. They can reduce brain damage in rats, which is something I insist on, fruit-wise. They can also, so the interweb tells me, improve memory and learning in older adults. I must order a shed-load. If I remember.
Having had a wagon-based wobble on the pig, cake and gin night last week (I totally blame - and thank - @recipejunkie and @talkingtable for this minor lapse), it's interesting to note that juniper berries are also technically a bit fruity....
Before I take my leave to deliver the cake, a plea for help. The niece turns 18 in a week or two. For someone who looked vaguely simian at birth (a good thing), developing into a gonk, complete with acrylic hair, by the age of 3 (a bad thing), it's gob smacking that she's now a complete beauty with a real talent for photography, a great sense of humour and an appetite for chocolate cake that is scary to behold. I have promised her a birthday cake and just wondered if anyone had a fail-safe, knock-out recipe suitable for someone with a chronic chocolate habit? Any recommendations gratefully received.