Blueberry poke cake courtesy of Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio

Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio’s recipe for blueberry poke cake makes for the perfect summer dessert.

This recipe is simple and easy enough to make for any occasion, but also fancy enough to serve at special events or for afternoon tea on a warm sunny day.

Ingredients (serves 8 - 10 )

For the cake

4 large eggs

200g of Siúcra caster sugar

180g of butter, melted

1 lemon, zest and juice

320g of plain flour

2 teaspoon of baking powder

60ml of milk

For the drizzle

125g of blueberries

50ml of orange juice

50g of Siucra icing sugar

For the topping

100g of softened butter

4 tablespoon of soft cream cheese

250g of icing sugar

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 lemon, zest and juice of ½

Blueberries, to decorate

Sprigs of rosemary, to decorate

Method

To prepare the cake

Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

Line a 25cm square cake tin with baking parchment on the base and brush the sides with melted butter.

Place the eggs and Siúcra sugar into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy.

Pour in the melted butter, lemon zest and juice and whisk for a further one minute.

Sift the flour and baking powder together then carefully fold into the mix. Add just enough milk to form a soft cake batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer is inserted and it comes out clean.

Leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.

To prepare the topping

Place the butter, soft cream cheese into a mixer with the icing sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and juice.

To assemble the cake

When the cake is completely cold, make large holes with a skewer or a straw randomly into the cake but not all the way down.

To make the drizzle

Place the blueberries, orange juice and icing sugar into a blender and puree until smooth. Then pour into a saucepan and heat. When warm, pour this over the top of the cake and leave to cool before decorating.

To decorate

Spread the topping over, sprinkle blueberries on and arrange the sprigs of rosemary.

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