I lost count of the number of mulberry trees in full bloom on this weekend’s run, but I did spot two runners taking a break to refuel with a bunch of ripe berries. Not my favourite of berries – they aren’t sweet or flavourful enough, but I decided to see how they’d fare in baked goods.
The result: a sweet crumb cake that makes for the perfect tea or dessert when paired with some freshly whipped cream.
Mulberry Crumb Cake
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup muscavado sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 cups fresh mulberries divided
For the Crumble
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup muscavado sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- pinch Salt
You will also need
- 1 20cm round cake tin
- baking paper / non stick baking spray
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 22cm cake pan with parchment and grease the bottom and sides.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Combine well and set aside.
- In another mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add one cup of mulberries to the dry mix and toss to coat.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined (don’t over mix the batter).
- In a small bowl, make your crumble by mixing the softened butter, oats, flour, white and muscavado sugars, cinnamon, ginger and salt together until you get a sandy like texture.
- Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the remaining cup of mulberries on top. Distribute the crumble on top of the berries
- Bake on the middle rack for 55-60 minutes until golden on top and you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
- Allow to cool and remove from baking tray. It will keep for about 3 days in a sealed cake tin outside the fridge and for about a week inside the fridge.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.