Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sultana grape cake



One of Australia's greatest cooks is Maggie Beer, co-star of The Cook and The Chef, and producer of her own range of food products.  For some time, I have owned one of Maggie's cookbooks, Maggie's Kitchen, and I have been eyeing up her Sultana Grape Cake ever since then.

The Sultana Grape Cake contains 3 cups of sultana (green) grapes and the zest of 4 lemons, which combine to produce a fresh, fruity cake.  Maggie also made this cake on The Cook and The Chef, and you can find the recipe here

The top of the cake is supposed to have grapes on it - unfortunately, mine all resolutely sank into the cake.  No matter - I still think it is quite handsome, don't you?

I absolutely adored this cake.  Not only is it fresh and fruity, it is light and fluffy, and compared with many cakes, contains a minimal amount of fat from butter and oil.  I would make this cake again in a heartbeat - it's a shame that it is only possible during grape season.



10 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Wowo with fresh grapes, i have never baked aything with fresh grabpes and i agree with you even though the grapes have sunken the cake looks yumm.

Beth said...

Grapes are something that I have never cooked with, but this cake sounds wonderful. It looks beautiful both in your photo and Maggie's with the grapes on top.

Elaine said...

I have never made a grape cake before - this looks so moist and delicious!

jillbert said...

I've never baked with grapes, but this sounds good!

Ivy said...

Gaye, I don't think that the grapes can stay on top after only 15 minutes of baking. I think that she may added some just before it was baked. With or without grapes on the top it sounds delicious and you just reminded me that during the summer I made some muffins with grapes, which I never posted.

yummychunklet said...

I love green grapes! I'm definitely trying this recipe. Your cake turned out very good! By the way, I've awarded you a "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!" Congrats!

Hazel said...

How interesting using fresh grapes! I agree with Happy Cook - still looks very appetising despite the grapes sinking!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Sultanas/grapes are one of life's pleasures as far as I'm concerned. I like Maggie's recipes but I haven't seen this one before.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I thought at first that it would look like a fruit cake but it looks more butter cake than fruit cake! :)

Johanna GGG said...

mmm have had cakes with grapes and they are lovely - this ones looks lovely even if the grapes aren't on top