Czech Bubble Cake

Uploaded: 31 July, 2023

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Introduction

Its real name is bublanina and it is a traditional Czech cake, perfect for a summer afternoon tea

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Requires a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33cm)  traybake tin.

Ingredients - Serves: 12 Generous Servings

240 ml double cream

3 eggs at room temperature

260g plain flour

200g caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped.

400g fresh cherries

Icing sugar for dusting

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C / 150°C Fan / Gas mark 3.

Wash the cherries to remove any remaining dirt, then stone them. Leave in a colander or sieve to drain.

Grease the baking tin and dust with flour.

Break the eggs into a large bowl then beat them using a food mixer or hand mixer until they are foamy. Gradually add the caster sugar while increasing the speed. It takes about five minutes to produce a voluminous silky mixture.

Reduce the mixer speed to its slowest setting and sift in the flour and baking powder as you mix, then add the cream, mixing slowly all the time. Finally, add the lemon zest.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin. The batter is thick, which helps to stop the fruit from sinking. Sprinkle the drained cherries over the top.

Place the bublanina into the preheated oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the surface turns golden brown.

Allow to cool, then dust with icing sugar before slicing into squares.

You can substitute most summer fruits for the cherries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

NOTE – Don’t be tempted to substitute the double cream for a ‘light’ version though. There is no other fat in the cake so the fat content of the cream is important (it should be at least 30%)