Blueberry, Strawberry and Yogurt Cake

Some of you may have already known that, with the exception of strawberries, I have a hard time finding any berry fruit around here in Barcelona.

My fellow Spanish blogging buddy, Rosa, from Pemberly Cup & Cakes, is the one that receives most of my frustration regarding my berry searching. Rosa is a very talented cupcake and cake maker – and has a better berry provision than I in the city where she lives – so do visit her blog and have a look at her beautiful creations.

I adore all berry fruits, and have no idea why they are so hard to find here – when, for instance, you can get a mango around any corner.Β Then, a few weeks ago, I came across a stall in my local market that sells blueberries and raspberries. Yes, the prices where ridiculously astronomical, but I bought some blueberries to celebrate the finding. I shall definitely be visiting that particular stall more often.

Blueberries

Very embarrassingly, last time I posted muffins here, I wrote that next time I posted a cake I would write about a secret of the universe in cake making I had discovered. I just so happens that I should cancel that. At that time, I thought I had discovered the secret to baking perfectly risen, rounded, domed cakes. I promise I did make a few. But then I made this blueberry and strawberry yogurt cake, and it turned out a little on the un-domed side.

I was going to write that when you finish baking a cake, leave it to cool for about half an hour in the warm oven with its door slightly open. The laws of thermophysics should ensure that the big bubbles formed during the baking will stay in place long enough for the molecular structure of the cake to take on a risen domed shape.

My scientific reasoning behind my “failure”, my slightly un-domed cake, is that I had used about one quarter more of flour than usual, along with more fruit, while I used the same amount of heat and the same amount of time as usual. Therefore the cake did not dehydrate itself enough, nor were enough bubbles formed.

Don’t worry though, the result was a really moist cake. Even though it’s architecture was not the best, I personally thought it was the best tasting cake I’ve ever made!

Berry and Yogurt Cake

Blueberry, strawberry and yogurt piece of cake

Blueberry, Strawberry and Yogurt Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
150g blueberries
200g strawberries
250ml yogurt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
100g butter

Preheat the oven to 180Β°C. Grease a baking pan with some butter.

Wash the blueberries and strawberries. Cut the strawberries into pieces. Melt the butter.

In a big bowl, beat the eggs. Add all the rest of the ingredients, except for the fruit, and mix. Once it has become a uniform mixture, add all of the fruit and mix with a spoon. Pour into the baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

 

Strawberry, Blueberry and Yogurt Cake Recipe

52 Comments

  1. Sunny 2014-03-18 at 23:04

    Oh yum! Berries are actually not hard to find here, but they are pricey! I think we import blueberries from France. We do get REALLY good local strawberries. They’re smaller but very very sweet. The season isn’t long though! I can’t wait for summer to be here so that I can enjoy all the summer fruit!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 20:55

      We get local BIG strawberries here, but yes, I like those small ones that you say. Come and visit Bcn, I’ve had to change to lighter coats for this week, which means that summer is nearly here! Strawberries, cherries, .. πŸ™‚

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  2. Guillermina BΓ³squez Stover 2014-03-18 at 23:26

    Blueberries and raspberries are pricey here, too–but then I live in the cultural AND physical desert of the U.S.–the Southwest. HAHAHA!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 20:56

      HAHAHA you make me crack up Guillermina! Well Spain is also sort of like a desert, right? – though maybe not culturally!

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  3. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-03-18 at 23:49

    I am glad you found the berries. And, yes, Rosa is a great blogger (like you!). The cake looks extremely moist… it is, indeed, the best ever… I can see how rich it is from the photo and the ingredients, Sofia (which speaks to your great pictures, too).

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 20:58

      I’m sure you and your kids wold love this cake! Rosa is like a magician with cakes, for me she is anyway πŸ˜‰

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  4. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-03-18 at 23:51

    PS “”Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain” – Great quote!

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  5. Dalo 2013 2014-03-19 at 00:17

    Cake looks great, berries are the best ~ I usually just ignore the prices as I need to have them πŸ™‚ Looks great, and also looks healthy which means an extra slice or two can’t hurt.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:00

      This is one ingredient I’m ignoring the prices with, for sure. Ahaha you follow the same philosophy as me it seems, a few slices can’t hurt… and another later on. Except for the little bit of sugar and butter, the rest of it is EXTREMELY healthy! πŸ™‚

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      1. Dalo 2013 2014-03-20 at 05:26

        Exactly, in fact, I could easily just make that into my dinner with the promise of exercise the next day so I could really enjoy it πŸ™‚

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  6. Lisa 2014-03-19 at 00:34

    Beautiful, Sofia! Love the vibrant colors you chose πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:00

      Thanks Lisa, I think that’s part of the reason why I love berries: their vibrant colours!

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  7. Jess 2014-03-19 at 01:13

    Mmm this looks wonderful!

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  8. Darya 2014-03-19 at 07:31

    Hmmm, here in Lille, most berries can be found year round, they are horribly expensive and usually shipped over from North America (cranberries, blueberries) or Mexico (raspberries). When in season, you can find all kinds of berries at markets, but they are still quite expensive as they are hand picked. So I guess I understand your frustration ! The cake looks perfect to me πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:06

      Merci! Yes, I thought I was able to see more berries in Lille than here, but not really that much, and yeah they are expensive!

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  9. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-03-19 at 09:09

    Wow, Sofia, that cake is indecently luring me from the other side of the screen. It may have not got its always rewarding dome but still is a gorgeous cake (I’d hazard a rather tricky conclusion of mine; domes are a bit overrated πŸ˜‰ ). Maybe those flirty blueberries have a word on that πŸ˜‰
    I really appreciate your mentioning me and my blog; I find it greatly amusing this berry quest of ours πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy your day, Sofia (it’s a bank holiday here in Alicante; is it in Barcelona?)
    Besos

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 09:18

      Hola Rosa! I think domes are overrated too, it’s just that when I had achieved them, I felt like a scientist πŸ˜‰
      Sin problemas, tu blog me encanta asΓ­ que es lo menos que podrΓ­a hacer!
      Lucky you! No it’s not a bank holiday here… Besos!

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  10. Mabel Kwong 2014-03-19 at 09:44

    Berries and butter cake! Your cake looks very fluffy, I hope that was how it felt in your mouth! I must say, it looks a bit like a pie. It must be frustrating not being able to find berries easily in your city. I hope the ones you found weren’t overly sour – I can’t imagine eating a mouthful of sour berries πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:06

      Hmmm it was moist but dense but fluffy all at the same time πŸ™‚ Can you get berries easily?

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      1. Mabel Kwong 2014-03-20 at 12:27

        Here in Melbourne a lot of berries are pre-packaged into flimsy plastic containers for sale. In outdoor markets, you can pick berries from crates but these tend to be a tad pricey. My favourite berry is raspberry. Blueberry is a very, very close second, and also messier to eat in my opinion πŸ˜‰

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  11. Baking With Gab 2014-03-19 at 11:33

    Your friends blog is very cute…as is this cake! I love cakes with yoghurt in them. The addition of the berries must only make it even better!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:07

      I’m glad you checked out her blog πŸ™‚ I’ve made this cake with lemon before, but with berries its way better πŸ™‚

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  12. Karen 2014-03-19 at 13:44

    I can’t wait for sweet strawberries to arrive in the markets as your cake sounds great.

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  13. Ayesha 2014-03-19 at 15:02

    beautiful recipe…glad you shared! πŸ™‚

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  14. Amanda 2014-03-19 at 17:07

    So strange about the berries. But berries and yogurt in a cake? Wonderful. No tienes que sentir cupable si lo comes para el desayuno!

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  15. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-03-19 at 18:50

    This cake looks absolutely delicious, Sofia! I can almost smell it right now! I sympathise with your ‘fruitless’ (haha!) berry hunt. It’s the same here in Greece. You can get blueberries, but they’re so expensive for a tiny amount!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-19 at 21:11

      It seems that Spain and Greece may be similar in many ways then! Oh I wish you could try a piece πŸ™‚ xx

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  16. Michelle 2014-03-20 at 03:56

    Oh how I love a good yogurt cake! Funny about the berries, though. I’d have thought they’d be everywhere in Spain. During the season here (only a month or two away!) I buy them with abandon and never even look at how expensive they probably are. So, ssshhhhhh, don’t tell me.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-20 at 18:22

      How I wish they were here in abandon as you think! Only the strawberries are..
      I won’t tell, don’t worry πŸ˜‰

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  17. whatjessicabakednext 2014-03-20 at 18:03

    This looks delicious, Sofia! I love baking fruit into cakes, always so tasty! Definitely the perfect springtime bake πŸ™‚

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      1. whatjessicabakednext 2014-03-20 at 22:09

        Definitely planning on posting some fruity cake recipes especially in the Summer months! I always love baking cakes with fresh blueberries- I so need to make your recipe, it looks super amazing and I love the addition of the yogurt too. πŸ™‚

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        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-20 at 22:27

          I hope you try it, it’s one of those amazing breakfast cakes (and for any other time of the day). I’m looking forward to seeing your cakes!

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  18. davegon 2014-03-21 at 02:03

    This looks amazing the way it is! Domes are overrated, anyway. I have some frozen berries, do you think it would work well with them?

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-21 at 14:39

      Domes look grey on muffins but are really overrated with cakes. Frozen berries would work really well. I would use them if not for the fact that I can’t even find those here where I live!

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  19. Johnny Hepburn 2014-03-21 at 03:11

    Your cake looks perfect. Besides, with fruit it can lend a heaviness to the structure. Or am I guessing that?! Dome or no dome, after a slice – or two – I wouldn’t care. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-21 at 14:40

      Yes I think be both know that dented un-domed cakes are fine πŸ™‚ the taste is what counts. Hmmm maybe fruit adds a heaviness if you blend it into the dough (like when using bananas).

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  20. It's all in my hands 2014-03-22 at 22:17

    Sofia!!!! πŸ˜€
    Now I am on a berry-yogurt-cake-CRAVE ><
    All your fault! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  22. Dearna @tohercore 2014-04-26 at 11:12

    Oh wow, I am a sucker for berries in cake, and this looks absolutely delicious (even without the domed top! πŸ˜‰ That’s a shame that you struggle to get fresh berries in Barcelona, its no longer berry season here so I am in the same boat! I wonder if you could use frozen berries here?

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-04-26 at 12:17

      Hi Dearna! What I gather from other food bloggers in Spain is that they use frozen berries, so sure you can. In my case, I even struggle to find the frozen ones..

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