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Vanilla cake with custard baked into it, studded with bursting blueberries. Rustic. Simple. Dreamy.

The custard layer particularly is one thing else! It’s melt-in-your-mouth creamy however set sufficient to chop into neat slices. If the picture under has you drooling, learn on …

Close up of a slice of Blueberry Custard Cake
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Custard cake with blueberries

This cake took place as a type of “wouldn’t or not it’s superior if…….” concepts that all of the sudden materialise in my thoughts and I have to blurt out to anyone inside earshot. I gestured enthusiastically as I described my imaginative and prescient of a cake and the way I believed I may make it work. My pleasure constructed as I began imagining the way it was going to style, till it bubbled over and I needed to give it a go.

So I made it. And the truth turned out even higher than I imagined!

It goes like this. Take a vanilla sponge base, perfumed with a delicate whisper of lemon. Smear a critical layer of custard on prime. And I imply critical – as in equal in quantity to the cake; we would like tons. Lastly, stud stated custard generously with plump, juicy blueberries. Now bake that pet!

A mouthful of tender vanilla cake, creamy custard and a blueberry bursting in your mouth is likely one of the greatest issues you’ll ever expertise in your life.

The factor that’s beautiful in regards to the custard layer is it’s set sufficient with cooking which you could lower excellent, neat slices like a cake. However the second you eat it, the custard melts and floods your mouth with lush, creamy richness. And it’s wealthy, however not overly so. It’s additionally positively not too candy with only one/3 cup (60g) sugar in the entire custard layer.

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In case you doubt me, right here’s proof of creaminess:

Showing the creamy custard layer of Blueberry Custard Cake
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Anatomy of this Blueberry Custard Cake

  1. Vanilla sponge cake base – I selected to make use of my yogurt-based cake batter for this cake as a result of it’s designed to rise nicely even when weighed down with heavy toppings (instance: this Strawberry cake with 500g / 1lb of contemporary strawberries!). My signature Vanilla Cake batter, whereas extra plush, would get squished right into a pancake with such a thick layer of custard on prime.

  2. Custard layer – The custard is a crème pâtissière, a kind of French custard. It’s luxurious in mouthfeel however not overly candy or wealthy, a high quality balancing act our Gallic mates have mastered with so lots of their desserts. It’s the identical custard used within the well-known Flan Pâtisseier, a large French custard tart!

  3. Blueberries – I suppose cake and custard alone would have been sufficient already to make an excellent cake. However I couldn’t resist including blueberries. It’s partially for visuals – love these explosions of purple dotted via the cake. Nevertheless it’s additionally as a result of a mouthful of tender vanilla cake, creamy custard with contemporary blueberry bursting in your mouth is likely one of the greatest issues you’ll ever expertise in your life.

Side of Blueberry Custard Cake
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What you could make Blueberry Custard Cake

I believe you’re additionally going to like that there’s nothing uncommon or gourmand referred to as for on this recipe!

1. Custard layer

Right here’s what you want for the custard layer:

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  • Milk – full fats dairy please. Low fats will work however you’ll lack that wealthy mouthfeel. I’ve by no means tried non-cow milk, both.

  • Egg yolks – I’ve pictured 4 eggs as a result of that’s what you’ll most likely want for the yolks referred to as for on this recipe. Egg yolks give custard the silkiness, yellow color, in addition to thickening energy. On this cake it additionally units the custard so it doesn’t run in every single place if you lower a slice.

    What to do with leftover egg whites? Egg white omelette, Italian almond cookies, use for egg ribbons in Sizzling & Bitter Soup, Chinese language Corn Soup or simply add additional white to your subsequent omelette or frittata. Additionally, I’ve made these Chocolate Cookies from the web site As Simple As Apple Pie – they’re dangerously addictive, type of like brownies meets chewy meringue cookies! Browse right here for extra egg white utilization concepts.

  • Vanilla bean paste – I take advantage of the paste as a result of I just like the little vanilla seed specks in my custard. Nonetheless I select paste over actual vanilla beans on this and different custard recipes I make (equivalent to Creme Brûlée, Flan Patissier, Creme Anglaise) as a result of it doesn’t dissipate an entire bean. I I do know it could personally irritate me to see a recipe calling for “half a vanilla bean” so I gained’t do it to you both.

    Substitute with vanilla extract (no specks, however that’s cool). For a recipe like this, I believe it could be a disgrace to resort to synthetic vanilla essence, so keep away from.

  • Sugar – caster sugar / superfine sugar with finer granules is healthier because it dissolves extra simply. Nonetheless, common / granulated sugar will likely be high quality too.

  • Cornflour / cornstarch – This thickens the custard together with the eggs. Equally it additionally set the custard so it’s sliceable.

  • Butter – This enriches the custard. You already know butter isn’t an unwelcome visitor, and this recipe isn’t any exception!

2. Cake layer

And right here’s what you want for the cake:

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  • Yogurt – Yogurt is somewhat baking trick that make desserts with a young, never-dry crumb. It provides moisture to your batter with out thinning it out like, say, milk. Which implies you don’t want to make use of as a lot flour. And fewer flour means a extra moist cake!

    Acidity in yogurt additionally reacts with and prompts baking soda. Nonetheless this isn’t relevant to this recipe as we’re utilizing baking powder moderately than baking soda. I discovered baking powder made my yogurt batter rise extra evenly (baking soda ends in an ugly hump!).

  • Oil – One other cake moisture-improvement trick. Whereas butter provides flavour, oil will provides you a moister outcome than butter. We actually want good moistness on this cake, to make certain the cake stays tender even after the 45 minute bake time required to set the custard.

  • Sugar – As above, superfine / caster sugar is most popular however common / granulated will work high quality.

  • Lemon zest – Mixed with the yogurt, the zest provides the sponge layer a touch of freshness. This distinguishes the cake part from the vanilla custard so the dessert shouldn’t be so one-dimensional in flavour. This was a late addition and I actually appreciated what it delivered to the cake!

  • Vanilla – I take advantage of vanilla extract right here, not vanilla bean paste which I believe is wasted as a result of you may’t see the specks. Attempt to give synthetic essence a miss as a result of it tastes, nicely, synthetic.

  • Blueberries – Recent or frozen. If utilizing frozen, don’t thaw else it’ll bleed terribly if you combine it via the custard!

  • Flour – Simply plain / all-purpose flour.

  • Baking powder – The rising agent on this cake. As talked about above, I’ve used baking soda up to now for this batter however I discovered the cake obtained an ugly hump within the center. Baking powder provides it a way more even rise.

  • Egg – Only one egg is all you want.

  • Salt – Only a pinch. It’s good baking apply so as to add somewhat salt because it brings out the opposite flavours.

The way to make Blueberry Custard Cake

There’s just a few elements to this cake (custard, cake batter, layering), however I promise it’s simple. Bear in mind, it’s a country cake, so calm down. We aren’t looking for excellent layers and placement of blueberries right here!

1. Custard

Custard is a lot extra simple than most individuals realise. Custard is simply milk thickened with cornflour/cornstarch and egg yolks, then baked within the oven to complete setting it.

The one factor to be careful for is to keep away from scrambling the eggs with the new milk, however the recipe steps are designed to keep away from this danger.

  1. Warmth the milk with vanilla and half the sugar, simply till it’s steaming. Watch to verify it doesn’t boil over – it will possibly occur in a blink of an eye fixed!

  2. Whisk yolks – In the meantime, utilizing a handheld whisk, whisk the egg yolks with sugar till included (5 seconds). Then whisk within the cornflour till you may now not see white. It’s simpler to do it on this order to keep away from a storm of cornflour erupting in your face. Simply belief me on this.

  3. 1/2 cup scorching milk – Whereas nonetheless whisking, slowly pour in about 1/2 cup of scorching milk. As soon as included, pour within the remaining scorching milk whereas whisking constantly.

    This technique of steadily combining the new milk with the egg yolks (tempering) is to verify the new milk doesn’t by accident scramble the eggs.

  4. Return to range – Pour the combination again into the identical saucepan and over medium (or medium excessive, for execs), whisk continuously for two to three minutes. (The precise time will depend on how scorching your milk was, residual warmth in saucepan and so on.) At first, the custard will likely be watery however because it heats up, it’ll thicken and you’ll immediately really feel it. See picture in step 5 under.

    If at any level you are feeling prefer it’s thickening too quick, simply take it off the range and preserve whisking. And if it begins to look lumpy as it’s thickening, don’t fret, it does that typically! Simply preserve whisking and it’ll easy out.

How to make Blueberry Custard Cake 1a
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  1. Bubbles → 30 second whisk – As soon as the custard turns into thick and scorching, you will note large lazy bubbles showing on the floor and bursting (pause whisking to examine). On the sight of the primary bubble, with the range on low, whisk for an extra 30 seconds then take away the saucepan from warmth.

    The looks of a lazy bubble is the sign that tells you when the custard is cooked sufficient. How for much longer you cook dinner it for after the bubble seems is decided by the amount of custard you’re making and the thickness you’re aiming for. In our case, 30 secs whisking is true.

  2. Enrich with butter – With the pot off the range, whisk within the chilly butter cubes till totally included.

  3. Pour custard into the identical bowl you used to whisk the egg yolks, to avoid wasting dirtying a brand new bowl.

  4. Cowl with cling wrap pressed in opposition to the custard floor to keep away from a pores and skin forming. Put aside on the countertop when you put together the cake batter. The custard can nonetheless be heat once we layer it onto the cake however we don’t need it piping scorching.

    Making forward – The custard could be made the day earlier than and refrigerated after it totally cools. In reality, the flavour of the custard improves in a single day. It is going to solidify right into a rubbery mass however don’t stress. Simply use a handheld beater to beat it and watch because it magically turns right into a creamy, dollop-able custard once more!

2. The easy cake batter

Oh this magic yogurt cake batter, utilized in so numerous desserts on this web site that lots of you like a lot!

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  1. Whisk moist – Place all of the moist components in a bowl and whisk till mixed. That’s the yogurt, sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and lemon zest.

  2. Add dry – Add the dry components (flour, baking powder and salt), and whisk till easy.

  3. Pour right into a lined 8″/20cm springform pan.

  4. Clean the floor.

3. Custard layering

The precise layering method I take advantage of is all about reaching a straight and stage line the place the cake and custard interface, and a fair distribution of blueberries all through the custard. Fussy, who me? 😳

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  1. Half custard – Dollop half the custard across the edges of the tin on the floor of the batter then unfold inwards to unfold it throughout the floor of the cake. This technique creates a straight, even line the place the cake meets the custard. If you happen to dollop it within the center, you form of find yourself with a cake crater full of custard. Not a nasty factor, thoughts you.

  2. Half blueberries – Scatter over half the blueberries.

  3. Combine blueberries with custard – Then combine the remaining blueberries with the remaining custard.

  4. High the cake with this blueberry and custard combination.

  5. Clean the floor, urgent within the blueberries as greatest you may.

  6. Bake for 45 minutes at 180°C/350°F (160°C fan).

4. Non-obligatory blueberry burstage encouragement (& custard setting)

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  1. Blueberry burstage (OPTIONAL) – With the variety of instances you’ve already learn the “blueberry burstage” and “bursting blueberries”, you’ve most likely found out that this explicit function appeals to me!

    A lot in order that I prefer to encourage blueberry burstage by pulling the cake out of the oven 10 minutes earlier than it’s executed to intentionally burst some blueberries utilizing a small knife.

    You don’t have to do that step. It’s completely non-obligatory. (*She says, unconvincingly*)

  2. Cool on counter – The cake is finished when the custard floor is ready (ie. you may contact it and your finger stays clear) however there’s nonetheless a little bit of a wobble beneath. You need some wobble. No wobble means the custard is overcooked and consequently will turn out to be firmer in texture than perfect as soon as cooled.

    By the best way, I’m positive you’ve figured it out by now however this recipe is particularly designed so the cake and custard each bake to perfection in the identical time. To this finish, there ought to be no browning on the floor of the custard. It ought to simply be yellow with (hopefully) plenty of blueberry guts seeping out and thru it (are you counting what number of instances I take advantage of these type of graphic descriptions??!😂)

  3. Fridge 12 hours – This step is to totally set the custard so you may lower neat slices of the cake. Don’t skip or shortcut the refrigeration time! Having executed this myself chopping into the cake to early to search out the custard shouldn’t be totally set, I can inform you that 6 hours shouldn’t be sufficient and eight hours remains to be excessive danger.

    In a single day, and minimal 12 hours, is a protected wager!

    PS. If the custard shouldn’t be totally set, whereas visually it could not current fairly the identical as what you see within the images, let me guarantee it’s nonetheless a heavenly consuming expertise. Some may even say a greater one since you get large dollops of creamy custard.

  4. Voilà! Right here’s your (rustic, fabulous) masterpiece!

    If you happen to’re somewhat fussy like me, you may trim alongside the perimeters of the cake to make the perimeters easy simply utilizing scissors. Don’t toss the trimmings, eat as you go. Assume – blueberry fruit leathers (in scrappy, mini type.)

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Serving, storing

I topped the cake with additional blueberries for {photograph} functions solely. You actually don’t have to for serving, there’s a lot happening within the cake as it’s.

As for serving, lower like a cake and serve like cake.

The one factor I’ll actually encourage although is to eat it at room temperature as an alternative of fridge-cold. Chilled custard is good. However room temperature custard is healthier. It’s creamier and tastier. Similar goes for cake.

So take the cake out of the fridge a minimum of half-hour previous to serving, ideally 1 hour. If you happen to can, slice fridge-cold then let the slices come to room temperature. The reason being you’re going to get neater slices with sharper edges when the cake is lower chilly, because the custard smears much less on the knife. The cake is at room temperature in all of the images on this put up, and once I lower the cake within the video under.

I’d like to know if you happen to do that cake. And if you happen to do, inform me if the place you sit on blueberry burstage! Did you are taking the additional step to encourage burstage? *Do it! Do it! Do it!* – Nagi x

Watch methods to make it

Word: On this video I don’t unfold the custard on the cake correctly! The higher method to do it’s as per the recipe card under – put large dollops across the edges of the cake and unfold inwards. I’ll replace the video after I make the cake once more!

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Close up of a slice of Blueberry Custard Cake

Blueberry Custard Cake


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Recipe video above. A vanilla cake with custard baked into it, studded with bursting blueberries. Rustic. Simple. Dreamy. You will love how one can lower neat slices however the custard is melt-in-your-mouth!



  • Warmth milk: Warmth the milk with vanilla and half the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium warmth till scorching.

  • Whisk egg: Whisk yolks with remaining sugar, then whisk within the cornflour.

  • Milk into egg: Slowly pour about 1/2 cup scorching milk into the eggs whereas whisking. As soon as included, pour in remaining milk and whisk to mix.

  • Thicken: Pour the combination again into the saucepan. Prepare dinner on medium, whisking continuously till you are feeling it beginning to thicken then instantly flip right down to low (2 – 3 minutes). Preserve whisking then if you see a lazy bubble seem and burst on the floor, whisk for 30 seconds longer.

  • Enrichen with butter: Take off the range. Whisk in butter till easy. Scrape right into a bowl then cowl with cling wrap touching floor. Go away to chill whereas making the batter (Word 5 for custard suggestions)


  • Batter: Whisk Moist components in a big bowl. Add the Dry components then whisk till easy. Take away 1/3 cup of the batter (Word 5) then pour the remaining batter into the ready pan and easy the floor. (Bake the 1/3 cup batter in a separate greased ramekin for 25 minutes).

  • Custard topping: Whisk custard till easy. Dollop half across the edges of the cake floor then unfold inwards with offset knife. Clean the floor, then scatter with half the blueberries. Combine remaining blueberries into remaining custard, then unfold throughout the cake floor, urgent blueberries in to flatten the floor.

  • Bake 45 minutes: Place the cake within the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Take away, then use 2 small paring knives to burst a few of the blueberries on the floor (1 knife to cease blueberry spinning, the opposite to burst). Restrict bursting time to 1 minute, now not! Then bake for an extra 10 minutes.

  • Cool: Take away cake from the oven. Absolutely cool within the cake pan (round 3 hours). Then refrigerate for 12 hours, nonetheless within the pan.

  • Serve! Take away cake from the pan then lower into slices. Finest served at room temperature moderately than fridge chilly!

Recipe Notes:

1. Sugar – Superfine / caster sugar is greatest to make use of because it dissolves extra simply. Nonetheless, common/granulated will work okay too.
2. Yolks – I wouldn’t ask you to measure the yolks if it didn’t matter. For custard, it issues! The dimensions of yolks differs from egg to egg so it truly is greatest to measure.
What to do with leftover egg whites? Browse right here for concepts. Egg white omelette, Italian almond cookies, use for egg ribbons in Sizzling & Bitter Soup, Chinese language Corn Soup or simply add additional white to your subsequent omelette or frittata. Additionally, I’ve made these Chocolate Cookies from the web site As Simple As Apple Pie – they’re dangerously addictive!
3. Giant eggs are of a dimension that’s an business commonplace 55g/2o every, offered in cartons labelled as such.
4. Yogurt is a superb trick for making desserts with a moist crumb, learn in put up for why. Full fats is greatest although low fats works okay. Use a plain yogurt, not sweetened.
5. Custard – Don’t fear if it begins to look lumpy on the range, as you proceed whisking it’ll turn out to be easy. To keep away from scrambled eggs, whisk continuously (however leisurely!) whereas on the range. In case you are involved about bits of scrambled eggs, simply pressure the custard via a high quality mesh colander into the bowl. Custard could be barely heat when placing in batter however not piping scorching. It is going to agency up because it cools. Give it a whisk and it’ll loosen and turn out to be easy once more.
6. Eradicating 1/3 cup batter – That is simply to provide the appropriate ratio of cake to custard on this cake for each consuming expertise and guaranteeing the cake and custard cook dinner in the identical time. Cutting down the batter barely was too troublesome, simpler to take out 1/3 cup and simply bake a mini cake. Use a ramekin or comparable, not a muffin tin, it’ll have an effect on warmth circulation within the oven.
7. Storage – This may preserve within the fridge for 4 to five days. Finest to serve at room temperature so the custard actually melts in your mouth!
8. Vitamin per slice.

Vitamin Info:

Energy: 220cal (11%)Carbohydrates: 30g (10%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fats: 10g (15%)Saturated Fats: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 5gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 78mg (26%)Sodium: 26mg (1%)Potassium: 168mg (5%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 18g (20%)Vitamin A: 226IU (5%)Vitamin C: 3mg (4%)Calcium: 91mg (9%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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