Mini strawberry crumb cakes

by Sunita on May 31, 2010

Hope all of you have had a refreshing weekend. In some parts of the world, like us, today is a holiday too, so it’s a nice long weekend for us. The temperatures in our neck of the woods have droppped a bit, but its’ still very pleasant, so no complaints on that front.

It’s also the kids’ half term week, so a quick post here before I rush off to a call from somewhere to solve a few squabbles or join in the laughter.

The inspiration for these mini strawberry crumb cakes

came from the nutty cherry cake that I had posted earlier ( read that as more than two years ago). A trip to the local countryside landed plenty of these luscious strawberries in our kitchen.

After enjoying most of  them in their natural state, a few were used to make these mini strawberry crumb cakes. They went down really well. I had made a few minor changes to my earlier recipe, so here it is-

What’s needed-

6-7 tblsp of almonds
7 Tblsp + 2 tblsp of whole wheat flour (atta)
5 tblsp of dark muscovado sugar ( or any other dark brown sugar)
4 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 C milk
1 egg, beaten
1C of fresh strawberries, chopped

How to-

  1. Place the nuts in a pan over heat and lightly brown them.
  2. Cool a little and grind to a similar consistency as coarse semolina.
  3. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and grease 7-8 ramekins ( I used small stainless steel bowls)
  4. Place the ground nuts, 7 tblsp of flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well with fingertips to remove any lumps.
  5. Add the oil and vanilla and mix well.
  6. Reserve 7 tblsp of this mixture for the topping.
  7. To the rest,  add the rest of the flour and baking powder and mix well.
  8. Mix together the beaten egg and milk and add to the flour mixture. Fold in.
  9. Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins/bowls and smooth the top.
  10. Arrange the chopped strawberries over the mixture, slightly pressing them in.
  11. Sprinkle the reserved 7 tblsp of mixture around the strawberries, pressing in a little.
  12. Place ramekins/bowls tin in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre comes out clean.
  13. Cool in the bowls for a couple of minutes, on a rack.
  14. Run a spoon round the cakes and gently lift them out ( instead of turning them upside down).
  15. Cool completely on a rack and serve on their own or with some cream. They can also be garnished with fresh strawberry slices ( as I’ve done).

That’s it! The cakes are now ready to be enjoyed.

They taste best on the same day as the top tends to turn a little soggy the next day.

So, go on and enjoy these treats. I am off as I can hear some one hollering already :-)

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa May 31, 2010 at 8:54 am

Mmmmhhh, delicious! Those cakes look heavenly. Now that I’ve discovered that I like cooked strawberries, I’ll have to try making such cakes…

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Happy Cook May 31, 2010 at 9:05 am

Looks so so good, i love how you used those bowls to make them. Wish i had one with my tea right now.

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3 Sonia May 31, 2010 at 10:29 am

Refreshing post, Sunita! Easy-peasy recipe. How does it taste? Your pics are just feast for my eyes! :)

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4 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal May 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Sunita, what a lovely looking cake. This is a perfect entry for my CFK event dear. Please send it in (today is the last day), if you would like to participate.

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5 Erica June 1, 2010 at 1:41 am

These look beautiful!They look perfect for a springtime afternoon tea outside or a Sunday brunch.

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6 Vaishali June 1, 2010 at 5:16 am

Wow…these look so delicious! Love the gorgeous pics!

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7 PJ June 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

Delicious!!Can I have a nibble? :)

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8 Gloria June 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Sunita, these look beautiful! I love these beauties!!!
Love your blog, huggs, gloria

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9 Apu June 2, 2010 at 2:54 am

Very nice – these look great!!

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10 Cherine June 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

those cakes are irresistible!

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11 Lawyer Loves Lunch June 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

These are absolutely adorable and look delicious! Makes me wish I had one right now :)

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12 5 Star Foodie June 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Such adorable and scrumptious little cakes!

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13 Suman June 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

Hey Sunita,

Delicious looking capkes. Really liked your blog.

I am Dinesh’s colleague and got to know about your blog through him

Well maintained website with great writing and awesome recipes :)

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14 Sunita June 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Hello Suman, glad you like this space, thanks for the nice words.

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15 Sunita June 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Thanks everyone for your kind words :-)

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16 Jeanne @ CookSister! June 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oooh, how lovely! Like muffins but even prettier! I love using fresh fruit in cakes/muffins so definitely bookmarking these!

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