Indulge in the fresh and zesty allure of the basil-infused berry delight cake, a treat truly capturing summer vibes. For those unfamiliar with the delightful synergy of aromatic basil and the sweet tang of berries, prepare for a captivating flavor journey.
An Unexpected Summer Symphony
Merging the lushness of fresh basil, which blends seamlessly into the cake, with the succulent mix of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, this cake paints a picture of sunlit afternoons, poolside parties, and flourishing summer gardens.
Unlike your typical dense dessert, this basil berry masterpiece delivers a light and fresh bite, perfect to round off any meal—whether hearty or light. Infused with the spark of lemon zest, balanced with the warmth of basil, and perfected with a radiant apricot jam glaze, this cake truly embodies the spirit of summer.
(And just between us, if you’re not a fan of fresh berries, well, let’s just say you’re unique, and that’s okay.)
Ready to dive in? Here’s your guide:
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 12 fresh basil leaves
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup butter (softened, 1 stick or 113g)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups assorted berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries; dice strawberries into smaller pieces)
- ¼ cup apricot jam
Steps to Berry Brilliance
1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Prep a 9-inch round springform pan with grease and flour. Fit the base of the pan with a matching circle of parchment paper.
2. Using a food processor, blend together sugar, basil leaves, and the zesty lemon. Continue processing until the mixture is uniform, with no visible basil fragments.
3. Retain 1 tablespoon of the sugar mixture. Transfer the remainder into a mixing bowl, and blend with the softened butter, baking powder, and salt till you get a smooth texture. Incorporate eggs one at a time, ensuring each is well-combined before adding the next. Stir in the vanilla essence.
4. Gently fold in the flour on a low setting, ensuring a smooth batter without overmixing. Evenly spread this batter in your prepped pan. Scatter the berries atop and gently press them in. Finish by sprinkling the reserved sugar over the cake.
5. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick emerges clean from the cake center. Allow it to cool for a short while post-baking.
6. As the cake settles, heat the apricot jam, either in a microwave or on a stovetop, until it’s slightly warm. Gracefully brush the cake’s surface with this warm jam. Relish this masterpiece either warm or cooled down, stand-alone or with a dollop of whipped cream complemented by fresh berries. Enjoy the taste of summer in every bite!