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Raspberry, Orange and Almond Traybake


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”

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 😉

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!

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! 🙂

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.

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 🙂

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.

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.

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!

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.
Lovely photos!!!!

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, 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.

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. 🙂

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!

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?

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!)

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!

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