Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 28 comments

Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes for #SundaySupper

For this Saving Sunday Supper, hosted by Stacy of Food Lust, People Love and Tara of Noshing with the Nolands , we’re sharing recipes to save and celebrate the bounty of the summer. Of course, if I can find a way to make a theme involve cake, I’ll run with it! So, using one of the best British berries around, I’m offering up these Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes.

It’s my first #SundaySupper for months! My travel blog has gained from the time spent living and travelling in Portugal, but this one was left abandoned! I’m back in the UK now, with a whole raft of Portuguese recipes to try out in my British kitchen, and I can’t wait to get back to regular Sundays in the company of my favourite food bloggers. 

We’re racing through August already, and in the hedgerows around the fields nearby, blackberries are ripe for the picking. They last for just a few weeks in their plump, purple luscious state, and it would be a crime not to make the most of them.

Lemon Meringue Cake

My mum is a more accomplished baker than me, so her birthday always poses the challenge of giving her an inventive, unusual cake that she hasn’t made or tasted a hundred times before. I was inspired by the idea of turning lemon meringue pie into a lemon meringue cake, and with a bag of fresh blackberries needing to be used, the recipe began to come together. 

I wanted a delicate, flavourful sponge, so I added ground almonds to the mix. I thought using two egg yolks and only 1 full egg might make it a little heavy, but I gave it a good beating and it turned out light in texture, but rich in taste. 

I pondered about making the meringue topping separately, but in the end, I was short of time, so the whole lot ended up being baked altogether. It’s not a perfect recipe – the blackberries on top of the meringue caused some quite dramatic sinkage – but the contrast in textures, tastes and blackberry signature worked well. 

Meringue Cakes

It’s definitely a recipe I’ll experiment more with and it would work with so many different flavour combinations – it’s a unique little cake to try out if you’re bored of just making cupcakes.

Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes
Yields 12
A twist on Lemon Meringue Pie, a layer of meringue covers a delicate, fruity sponge.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4oz gluten-free self-raising flour
  2. 3oz light brown sugar
  3. 4oz butter
  4. 1oz ground almonds
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 4oz caster sugar
  7. 4oz blackberries
  8. 1 lemon
  9. Flaked almonds, to decorate
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and line cupcake tins with 12 cases.
  2. Separate two of the eggs and put the whites into a mixer. Start mixing on a medium speed. Keep your eye on this as you prepare the cake mixture - the whites should be mixed until they form stiff peaks - about 3 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the yolks and the third egg with a pinch of the flour.
  5. Reserving 12 blackberries to decorate, roughly chop the rest and grate the zest of the lemon. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  6. Fold in the flour and ground almonds, then stir in the fruit.
  7. When the egg whites have formed stiff peaks, slowly add in the caster sugar mixing continuously, until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
  8. Spoon the cake mixture into the cases and top with a fairly thin layer of the meringue mixture.
  9. Top each cake with a whole blackberry and a few flaked almonds.
  10. Bake for about 40 mins until the meringue is risen and just turning golden.
  11. Serve on their own or with a little fresh cream.
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28 Comments

  1. Good to have you back, Katy! I’m sure your mum was thrilled with those beautiful little cakes for her birthday. I would be!
    Stacy recently posted..Candied Habanero Bacon #BaconMonthMy Profile

    • Thank you Stacy! She loved them, thankfully!

  2. Oh my gosh! Your meringue cakes look amazing! I love this recipe, so creative!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Jennifer!

  3. What lovely and inventive cakes! And I can’t wait to see the Portuguese recipes to come.
    Renee recently posted..Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños with Herbs for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee! I can’t wait to start posting some Portuguese recipes :-)

  4. These look amazing! My husband is a big fan of blackberries!

    • Thank you, Amanda!

  5. I am a blackberry lover, these sound SO yummy!
    Shaina recently posted..No-Dehydrator-Need Dried Fruit #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Shaina! I am a blackberry lover too!

  6. So happy to see you are back, we missed you!! Those meringues look heaven sent, amazing!!

    • Thank you, Tara! It’s so great to be back!

  7. What a heavenly combination of flavors and textures! Perfect for any celebration! I’m sure your mom loved these beauties!

    • Thank you, Liz! She did like them – phew!

  8. How gorgeous are these? I love the lightness of meringue for a summer dessert!

    • Thank you, Mallory!

  9. Such a gorgeous and striking dessert! I wish I had one right now!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..How To Freeze Cherries #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Laura!

  10. Yay! Katy is back! As a cake fan, meringue atop cake with blackberries sounds soooo wonderful =) I’m sure your mum was beyond the moon…So glad you had a great time in Portugal. Looking forward to those recipes.

    • :-) Thank you Kim! It’s great to be back in the #SundaySupper family!

  11. I am so excited to see your smiling face and fantastic recipes back around the family table for #SundaySupper. We missed you!!

    • Thank you, Isabel! :-) I missed being around the #SundaySupper table and I’m so happy to be back!!

  12. This would be so good after a hearty Sunday dinner
    Sarah recently posted..Super Chocolatey Zucchini BreadMy Profile

  13. Awesome little cakes, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Freezer Harvest Soup Kits #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Oh my … these look amazing!

    This recipe is going on my “to make” list ASAP!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Kimberly recently posted..How To Freeze Herbs for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. Wow these little cakes look like a great way to enjoy Summer!

  16. Lemon and blackberry is such a perfect summer flavor combo! These look delicious!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Water Bath Canning BasicsMy Profile

  17. WOW! Those cakes look and sound soooo good!! Lovely, just lovely!
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