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52 Weeks of Baking: Berry Curd Swirl Cake aka Berry Bread Pudding Cake

For this week's baking experiment, I wanted to make something out of Heidi Swanson's new book, Super Natural Cooking. There were a few really great sounding recipes, but I wanted to use one that I had most of the ingredients for so I ended up settling on the Raspberry Curd Swirl Cake - only I had strawberries, not raspberries, so I gave that a try instead.

My final cake was actually delicious, unfortunately it didn't really turn out like it was supposed to - quite a few things went wrong, but ultimately they were happy accidents. The butter was supposed to be at room temperature, but it was really hot out that day and mine was at butter-soup temp and wouldn't cream correctly (I shouldn't have even bothered), I took it out of the oven too soon (it was getting late and I was impatient), and I didn't grease the pan properly (should've used a parchment paper sling, like my gut told me to). While it was baking, it looked wonderful, but while it was cooling it completely collapsed. I was pretty devastated, and contemplated rushing out and buying all the ingredients to start over again, but then I tasted it, and it was delicious. It was insanely moist (like bread pudding), the whole-wheat resulted in a delicious loaf, and the smell was amazing. I want to try it again, but I'm almost afraid that it will turn out correctly this time. If you want to check out the recipe and hope for your own happy accidents,

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SU3 SU3 9 years
:DROOL: looks fantastic Yum! I'm sure it tasted fantastic as well!
Food Food 9 years
shhh... don't tell heidi, but i cheated and used regular baking powder. Heidi's a big advocate of aluminum-free bp (many people are concerned by the aluminum content in regular bp). Two brands to look for are: Rumford and Bob's Red Mill (you can find them at places like whole foods, natural food stores, etc). If you can find it, here's heidi's alternative: 1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar and 2 parts arrowroot. hope that helps!
jendudley jendudley 9 years
Gawsh. That is sooo great looking. And it has so much fruit! It should count for like 4 servings of fruit!!!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
OMG YUM!
Mars215 Mars215 9 years
Looks and sounds fantastic -- Did you use Aluminum free baking powder or just regular baking powder? Where can one find Aluminum free baking powder?
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 9 years
It still sounds delicious - adding to my favorites right now.
andaman andaman 9 years
I won't post anything that won't work. Sorry I haven't posted anything lately I have been busy on load of stuffs but I am coming back soon. The curry paste still has a long way to go. I'm trying to pursue more paste :)
andaman andaman 9 years
I tried 3 times to make a perfect genoise cake. Third time lucky for me yum! At last I made a nice sponge cake with lovely air bubbles. My first one was just so inedible the second one was a cake but it didn't have a nice texture and the third one was okay but i will change flour next time. i will post it in my cooking club guys :)
SFKitkat SFKitkat 9 years
Looks so yummy!
jhuck jhuck 9 years
Still looks tasty! Just a bit of whipped cream on top... :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
that looks delicious regardless of what went wrong!
KWM KWM 9 years
This was amazing! The perfect hot day treat!
Molly Molly 9 years
OMG this tasted good. Serious Drool City.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Im sure this tastes great!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Certainly tasted super good!
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