One of the things that you may have noticed about my style of cooking is that it tends towards the rustic end of the food-spectrum. Though I often find cakes with heaps of pretty icing and delicate touches rather impressive, they can also appear a little intimidating, or bring out the misanthropic person buried not-so-deep within; what baking inadequacy is being hidden under this particular fold of sugar? I will concede, of course, that the latter is probably very often an unfair reaction but still, my personal taste tends towards cakes with an honest, homely appearance. This spiel isn’t intended to offend anyone, many of you are truly spectacularly talented when it comes to icing and decorating cakes; it simply isn’t my way of doing things. Take this cake, for instance, it is simple, comforting and extremely delicious – baking, perhaps, as it was intended.
One thing I have talked rather a lot about over the past year is flavour combinations. Join the wrong ingredients together in one concoction and you’re probably going to end up with hazardous waste. However, I find that when pairing berries, of most varieties, with any citrus fruit, it is rather difficult to stray from the downright delicious. Insipidity will always be but a distant and meek whimper on the horizon of your gastronomic view, as long as one’s tongue is accompanied by a berry and an orange. The addition of ground almonds simply provides the proverbial (and rather ironic) icing on the cake!
You’ll be glad to know that I’ve found the light source in my new flat adequate, though a little more equipment will be necessary – this should appear within the next seven days. Still, it keeps me in business and the desires of you lot at least partly satiated. Indeed, I’ve spent what seems to be the entire weekend cooking – there’s plenty in store! But for now, enjoy this fabulous, rustic, but not overly seductive traybake.
P.S. I realise it isn’t raspberry season, but these were reduced to 25 pence! How could one not give in?!
Raspberry, Orange and Almond Traybake
Makes 15-20 slices
• 250g butter, salted preferably
• 175g golden caster sugar
• 5 medium eggs
• The zest of 1 orange and the juice of half
• 75g ground almonds
• 275g self-raising flour, sifted
• 150g raspberries
• A sprinkling of wholemeal oats
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a square cake tin (22x22cm). Cream together the butter and sugar, beat in the eggs one by one and gently fold in the zest, juice, almonds and flour.
2. Pour roughly half the batter into the prepared tin, scatter the raspberries over the top and then cover with the remaining mixture. Sprinkle over a few oats and pop in the oven to bake for 45-55 minutes – it is cooked when brown and a knife emerges clean from its depths.
3. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning out. It is best to allow it to cool fully at this point, but I didn’t and it was perfect!
Cost: Raspberries aren’t the cheapest ingredients, which is why I recommend buying them only when they are in season or heavily reduced. Still, I have to stick to my proverbial guns, so I shall be honest about the price – this entire cake, which is massive, should set one back no more than £4.20 (with full price raspberries). Rather a lot for this blog, but still, it does make an absurd amount of cake!
134 replies on “Raspberry, Orange and Almond Traybake”
What an absolutely gorgeous color from all the eggs! Care to send me a piece to enjoy after lunch? I’ll be eating in about an hour…
Haha – well, we do still have some in the freezer.
My husband would love his! Almonds are his favorite!
I’m sure he would – I adore ground almonds.
This looks mouthwateringly beautiful!! thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thanks for the comment 😀
Wonderful! I wholly approve of the new lighting even if it isn’t perfect yet 🙂 this humble little cake is right up my alley too! Looks yummy Nick!
Thanks, Shira! It’ll get even better soon!
This looks desperately tempting, I too am not an icing-on-the-cake maker but my excuse is laziness. This is a beautiful shot Fruge. Very, very pretty. Enticing.. c
Wow, thanks, Ceci! I loved it 😀
Your pics look great! And i make something very similar with cranberries a bit more pricy than raspberries but this being thanksgiving on this side of the pond are readily avail…:)
Thanks! Indeed. Cranberries must have worked very well.
Looks purely wonderful! Definitely one to make soon. (I have a stash of raspberries in my freezer, which I had actually forgotten about until now! 😉 )
Ahha – perfect timing 😀
Frugal, it’s beautiful! And you’re absolutely right, this trumps a fancy frosted cake any day. Your lighting looks fantastic and that pine table isn’t too shabby 😉
Thanks, Somer! it really does! I’m notsure about pine… might need to get a fancy plank.
How does one make a plank any way? Paint it, then sand it to make it look aged?
I think so, Somer!
I totally agree with you: when I bake a cake, it tends to be a rustic, comforting treat rather than a prettyfied one.
This one looks delicious! And as usual your writing is a delight too!
Exactly – I want comforting cake! Thanks! I do love to write.
Completely agree with your approach to cakes, it’s all about the ingredients and not the decoration– although you do have to have some skill to ice like a pro!
Fantastic! Yes, you need skill, but I find it largely unnecessary.
I feel you on the lighting issues (although if you hadn’t said anything, I wouldn’t have noticed). What equipment do you have coming?
(Oh yeah, the cake looks pretty great, as well 😉 )
Thanks :). More info coming soon, Korena – though there is a little in my latest post.
I have never been one for cake for cakes sake. If its cake sliding down my digestive tract it has to be CAKE! And this baby is just such a cake. I don’t like icing, I don’t like messing about with fiddly things…I hate oversweet chemical laced ingredients and this cake is sublime looking. I think I am going to have to make Steve one today it looks that good! No raspberries here yet but who cares…I can find some other fruit to approximate. What a coup! I am endlessly glad that I found this blog out there in the ether because that little bit of gourmet food Anthony Bourdain appreciation that resides in my homesteading vegan soul needs to be fed and your blog is just the ticket :). Viva la gourmet! 🙂
I’ll have to watch a bit of this Bourdain chap. This definitely is CAKE… not simply cake… Apricots work well too.
I prefer to eat my apricots perfectly ripe from the tree BUT this CAKE might just be the conversion factor for my cooked fruit phobia 🙂
OH, but dried apricots are so delicious 😀
I never leave my cake to cool completely. I don’t think anyone should. It looks delicious!
More than anything, it’s really hard to leave it to cool – I want to eat it.
Simple. Beautiful. Delicious! Happy to know you’re getting settled in your new place.
I’m with Korena–I’d love to know more about your lighting challenges and what creative solutions you’ve come up with.
Thanks! There’ a bit about my lighting in my recent post, but more to come!
Love the flavor combo. Your cake looks delicious!
Thanks! It was lovely 🙂
What a lovely cake!
Thanks, Michelle – I’m glad you think so 🙂
Looks great! Will try soon. cheers!
Thanks! Please do – I hope you like it.
Such homey deliciousness!
Hehe – thanks, Spree 😀
I’m a rustic baker also… not fussed on eating and can’t be bothered with icing or fancy appearance, just good cake from whole ingredients. Your recipe is similar but better than a multi-purpose recipe I’ve been using, and it will now be my new go to 🙂
Kindred spirits, clearly! Yes, give it a go!
Exquisite cake! I love the raspberries, orange and almonds together!
I could not tell that you need more lighting. The pictures are remarkable.
I wish to reblog this link on my reblog page : )
Thanks so much! Yes, do!
Help! I know caster sugar but don’t know golden….please clarify. This just looks so very good. I think it is going to be the birthday cake I make myself this year!
Well – it’s golden in colour. It’s unrefined (I believe).
Such a perfect combination of flavors in that wee slice.. I’ll have one.. or two pieces please:D I’m certain there are far fewer calories here as well.. not that having a second piece wouldn’t make up for that. Glad to see you found a lit corner.. and curious to see what equipment you find. I’ve looked forever. The light box seems small and restricting to me.. and those large shielded lights seem gargantuan for my space.
Hehe – thanks, Barbara! Yes, there aren’t too many :D. I’ll let everyone know soon enough. 😀
Woo HOO! I got to this before a thousand others! Didn’t even have time to take a nap. Looks awesome! Love the plates!
Haha! jolly good. Thanks, Cindy!
Delish! Can’t wait to make it this weekend. Thanks for sharing Frugal.
No problem – I’m glad you like!
Looks like something my crew would enjoy! I will be trying this one soon.
I’m sure they would! Please do!
Nice cake! I love almond meal and orange flavours together. By the way, as far as your misanthropic side goes, it’s not icing you have to watch out for… I have an expression ‘icing sugar hides a myriad of sins’. If you see a cake/slice etc covered in the stuff… you now know why.
Thanks, Aimee! Almonds are so nice in cakes! It does indeed! Good mantra :D.
I’m with you on that one. I much prefer a good rustic-looking cake with no icing or decorations. I even usually take the icing off if there’s any, I find it way too sweet and think it ruins the cake for me. That’s just me though, I love how pretty they look with icing, but I’m a sweet tooth who doesn’t things too sweet. Maybe I’m just confused, haha!
This cake looks delicious. I can never say no to a cake with almonds in it. Yum!
Awesome :). Yes, I put a lot less sugar in this than other traybake recipes do too – just doesn’t need it! Almonds are such a great addition to any cake.
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I too can appreciate a pretty cake, but to be honest, cakes like these (or “traybakes” as you call them, love that!) are my preference to eat! Now, if only I can get my hands on some raspberries!
Traybake is a term for an all together, no layer, no faff cake :D. You could use most berries or similar fruits really. Apricots would work well.
Nothing beats a simply delicious cake like this. Frosting usually hides a multitude of sins anyway. This looks delicious. No raspberries in my house but I have a punnet of blueberries kicking around. Now I just need to decide whether to orange them or lemon them.
You’re quite right 😀 That would work well! You could use both.
This looks wonderful! I like the look of this one, even if it’s not flashy!
Thanks! But it is flashy – in a different way 🙂
I agree with you! I’m not an icing frosting whipping cream person as well. I like good old-fashioned home baked cakes. Looks absolutely delicious!!
Exactly! I think the cake should be able to speak for itself.
great recipe, this cake looks really delicious, I love raspberry and almond together!
Thanks! Yes! They work so well.
I only ever bake these sort of cakes! I love having a slab of cake waiting for me in the oven 🙂
Good – me too :D.
What a bargain your raspberries were – and what a great traybake, looks delicious!
I know! I was so pleased 🙂
Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
Thanks – I hope you like it.
I love to bake cakes but there are times when I want to do something simple and delicious. I think this post certainly fits that description. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Thanks! Me too.
That sounds delicious!!! You always come up with the best recipes. 🙂
Thanks! I’m so glad you think so 🙂
Yum! I agree with your first paragraph, it describes me as well!
Thanks! I think it describes a lot of people 🙂
This looks so good! I love the raspberry color and I completely understand going with what’s on sale.
Thanks! IT’s such a waste if it’s going to go to waste anyway.
I have to agree with you and I’m certain my boyfriend would also. People around me seem to appreciate more a cake that looks like it was really made at home and not bought at a fancy patisserie, overdosed with frosting/icing/decoration. They would definitely love this cake, looks great! And don’t worry too much about lighting, this photo looks awesome as well.
Oh good! Exactly – I just want the cake! I know, I’m not as worried about lighting as I was last week.
Oh, gorgeous – I’ll definitely be trying this. Rustic cakes tend to taste better, too, and they have that home-made texture – not too dense and rich and not cotton wool, either.
Thanks, Catherine! This cake was pretty light, but yes, not like cotton wool. 😀
Argh, Frugalfeeding! I was late to read this post! I just finished my raspberries last night! Poor me.
I got 3 packs reduced price of raspberries from ASDA for only 10p! LOL.
I’ll have to save this your recipe. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂
Btw I’ve made your chocolate banana cake recipe and they are just absolutely fantastic! I added some walnuts as I always do with Delia’s recipe. I’ll make another one but perhaps I need to add one egg more as stated in the recipe since the batter seems like too heavy. 🙂
Oh no! Still, how very cheap and frugal!
Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed! Yes, try again!
It looks pretty seductive to me! 🙂
Oh it definitely seduced me.
Just saw this cake on FG. It’s gorgeous and looks moist and perfect!
Thanks! I’m glad you found it.
Awesome colours and a beautiful looking cake.
Thanks, Conor! It really was delightful (still got loads left).
hey Frugalfeeding, cake looks delicious and pictures beautifully shot. And I am glad you measure in metrics… 🙂
Thanks! Yes, me too… cups don’t make sense…
As you (I) get older you tend to want to enjoy your food without all the fiddling around that takes up valuable time. Don’t apologise for rustic, your cake looks delicious.
We’re all getting older :D. I shall never apologise 😀
Frozen fruit has its uses! 🙂
You’re quite right!
What a great combination! It looks wonderful. Blessings, Diane Roark http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com
Thanks again, Diane!
Your food looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try your recipes. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my toasted pumpkin seed recipe. Seeing yours, I’m flattered!
Thanks! Please let me know if you do! 😀 I too am flattered.
This looks fantastic!!!
thanks so much – we still have some left 🙂
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I seriously love decorating baked goods [I suck at it, but I love it].. but when it comes to eating them.. this one looks way more delicious than anything frosting-laden in my opinion. Yuummmm!
The icing can ruin it somewhat, there’s nothing like a good, moist sponge.
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Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. This tray bake is right up my street, the only issue are the fresh raspberries. I live in India and we don’t get those here. Would dry raspberries be fine?
No problem! I have no idea… give them a go – it’ll taste delicious, I’m sure.
This looks so good! My kind of cake. I may have to try to adapt this to a sugar-free version for my diabetic daughter. Looks like it would be worth it. I like the “hidden” berries;a nice twist. Glad I found your blog. It always makes me hungry when I look at it. Thanks for “liking” my stuff too. (I was kind of surprised to hear you say something about your lighting. I think your photos look great–what I someday aspire to do with mine, if I ever get time!)
Good idea! Thanks so much, but things can always be improved 😀
It’s definitely a winner, I’ve just baked it for the third time! 🙂
Thanks! Really?! You’ve baked it twice more than I have 😀
Hm, I don’t know if that inspires confidence! 😉
OH it should, I’m sure 😀
Just lovely! This looks like it needs to be demolished, all in one afternoon, with plenty of tea.
Haha – thank you. IT went very well with tea.
I bet those would be just delightful! I am a lover of all things baked and cran-orange flavored. This I must try!
Thanks! Please do, it’s delicious!
Perfect with frozen raspberries, too. Thanks!!
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Just came across your recipe whilst searching for fruit traybake. Loved the look of yours so I’ve made it – but with dried fruit that needed using up (very frugal). It’s still cooking in the oven. Will let you know the verdict!
Please do – I hope it all turned out ok!