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Strawberry raspberry jam cake

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Wow, who would have thought that the pandemic will make a baker out of me?! I have always loved cooking but I was never into baking. I mean, I dabbled in baking banana breads and occasional cookies during the holidays for my work's annual cookie exchange party. (As of today, 2 months into quarantine, I have baked a least 2 dozen loaves of banana bread!) I thought that that would have been the extent of my baking resume. I do have a sweet tooth but really just small one. Plus I feel that baking takes a lot of work and I do not have the patience. At least that was what I thought. Maybe I just did not have the time pre-pandemic. My current baking repertoire is still limited to muffins and simple loaf cakes. I was so proud of myself when <a href="https://autumnbaygal.blog/2020/04/19/in-my-kitchen-scallion-pancakes/">I made scallion pancakes</a> that require kneading. Although not baking, it was my first time cooking something that required kneading which I was too intimidated to try before. (I am proud to say that after few tries, I perfected achieving those layers that make good scallion/green onion pancakes!) I have yet to make bread that requires yeast. Wow, who would have thought that the pandemic will make a baker out of me?! I have always loved cooking but I was never into baking. I mean, I dabbled in baking banana breads and occasional cookies during the holidays for my work’s annual cookie exchange party. (As of today, 2 months into quarantine, I have baked a least 2 dozen loaves of banana bread!) I thought that that would have been the extent of my baking resume. I do have a sweet tooth but really just small one. Plus I feel that baking takes a lot of work and I do not have the patience. At least that was what I thought. Maybe I just did not have the time pre-pandemic. My current baking repertoire is still limited to muffins and simple loaf cakes. I was so proud of myself when I made scallion pancakes that require kneading. Although not baking, it was my first time cooking something that required kneading which I was too intimidated to try before. (I am proud to say that after few tries, I perfected achieving those layers that make good scallion/green onion pancakes!) I have yet to make bread that requires yeast.

I am thrilled to share my recipe for Summer Strawberry Raspberry Jam Cake. After baking for quite a bit now, I recognize good recipes as I am slowly learning more about baking such as there are basic ingredients specific to a type of pastry or bread. (I have been stalking food blogs!) And good practices to baking (such as to NEVER overmix your batter!).

With hours of reading inspiring food blogs and hours of baking loaves of banana bread, (my banana breads are now quite a rave among the recipients including Mr Sweetie) I am amazed myself that I was able to put together this easy cake recipe. It is moist with a nice hint of almond, not overly sweet and has a nice texture because of almond meal. It is very easy to make as well:

SUMMER STRAWBERRY RASPBERRY JAM CAKE

  • 1 cup *almond meal
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 c half and half
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 6 teaspoons raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease square 8×8 baking pan.
  3. Mix almond meal and self-rising flour together. Set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar.
  5. Add eggs, half and half, and almond extract to butter and sugar.
  6. Mix until combined.
  7. Fold almond meal and self-rising flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
  8. Pour half the batter into the baking pan. Scatter half a cup of strawberry slices on the batter.
  9. Pour the remaining batter on top of the first half.
  10. Put the rest of strawberries on batter. Just push them down a little into the batter.
  11. Put dollops of raspberry jam all over the batter, about 1/2 a teaspoon each.  
  12. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool for about 8 minutes before slicing.
  13. Using a colander, dust with of powdered sugar.

There you go! An easy delicious summer cake, and with less gluten as well because of the almond meal. (But please do not quote me on that. I am not a nutritionist.) I do not think I will ever find myself baking a pretty birthday cake but who knows, right?! Maybe, one day! Enjoy!

MY NOTES

  • You may use vanilla extract if you do not have almond extract on hand.
  • You may also use other types of milk if you want instead of half and half.
  • Almond meal and almond flour can be used interchangeably according to this webite.


6 comments on “Strawberry raspberry jam cake

  1. This makes me hungry!!!!!

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  2. Your cake looks divine! Love the inclusions of strawberries and raspberry jam – absolutely perfect for wonderful summery weather. Is it getting warmer in the Bay Area? You’re most definitely an awesome baker! It’s amazing that quarantine has brought out various talents and gifts that have been waiting to shine. Loaf cakes and muffins are some of the coziest and most wonderful treats 😃

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    • Thank you! I never thought either that I would/could be baking this much!I have baked banana breads and chocolate cookies before. Baking is definitely fun most especially if my friends and loved ones like the finished products. 🙂 It is warmer now in the Bay Area. It has been in the high 70s and low 80s since last week, Not hot based on some other US states’ standards like in hot states like Texas and Arizona but this is hot for us here in the Bay Area! 🙂 Is Singapore open now and no longer sheltering in place?

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      • The weather sounds lovely! Our ‘circuit breaker’ period has ended and we can step out (finally!) but everyone’s encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Everything’s opening slowly in phases. Wearing masks is compulsory and social distancing measures have been established. Has the shelter in place period ended in the Bay Area? Hope everything’s getting back to normal there too! 🙂

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      • Shelter in place has not been lifted and it will stay indefinitely. In CA we are mandated to wear masks and social distancing is in effect. California is doing well in comparison to other US states such as New York, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, etc. I am also continuing to stay at home except to to go to work 2x a week and to do grocery shopping. Take care! 🙂

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