Berry Cider Cake With Mascarpone Cream

Berry cider cake with mascarpone cream icing - light, slightly spiced cider cake with berries & a thick layer of vanilla mascarpone cream

A marvelous thing happened the other day – I was able to go outside without a coat! Since then there have been a few days where it has been warm enough to venture out without one (though certainly not every day!), the sun has been making a regular, much welcomed appearance, and last night it was still just about light at 8pm. All of this has left me in quite a cheery mood and very much ready for summer, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a suitably cheerful cake? This berry cider cake is exactly that; although it may be a little early for berries I just couldn’t resist buying some, more for their beautiful, bright colour than anything else!

Berry cider cake with mascarpone cream frosting

I was sent a box of Waddlegoose cyder, a new cider from Aspall’s, to try; it comes in two varieties – apple, which is made with modern varieties of apple, such as Gloster 69, Zari and Gala which are bred to be crisp and flavoursome; and three berry, which includes blueberry, blackberry and raspberry and was the inspiration for this cake. Both ciders are very refreshing, crisp and easily drinkable and suited my palate perfectly; they are medium bodied – not too dry, not too sweet, which I find is especially a problem with a lot of the modern fruit ciders (like Koppaberg/Rekorderlig), they are tasty, but sickly sweet; not so with Waddlegoose three berry. I really enjoy both ciders, though the apple is my favourite, and very handily my partner prefers the three berry so there’s no squabbling!

Lightly spiced mixed berry cider cake with vanilla mascarpone cream frosting

I thought that the flavours of the three berry cider would be perfect for a cake and so this berry cider cake with mascarpone cream was born. The cake layers are made with cider (I used the Waddlegoose three berry but any medium to dry (hard/alcoholic) cider will do), which produces a lovely moist cake with a hint of apple flavour; it is a lightly spiced, not too sweet cake that works perfectly with the fresh berries and a generous layer of vanilla mascarpone cream. The mascarpone cream is amazing, I could happily eat a bowlful of it it is that good; it is also incredibly simple to make and again is not too sweet so the cake feels quite light and would be perfect for a spring or summer celebration; I took both the cake and cider along to a party at the weekend and they both went down incredibly well!

Berry cider cake with vanilla mascarpone cream icing

Berry cider cake with mascarpone cream icing - light, slightly spiced cider cake with berries & a thick layer of vanilla mascarpone cream
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Berry Cider Cake With Mascarpone Cream

I baked my cake in two 15cm/6in round tins, but you can probably also use two 18cm/7in tins for thinner layers, or one deep 20cm/8in tin, bear in mind that baking times (but not temperature) will vary. Serves 8
Author Domestic Gothess

Ingredients

Cake

  • 100 g (1 stick) softened butter
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 1tbsp) light brown soft sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 225 g (1 + 3/4 cups + 2tbsp) plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 150 ml (1/2 + 1/8 cup) medium to dry (hard) cider

Mascarpone Cream

  • 250 g (9oz) full fat mascarpone
  • 150 g (1 + 1/2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 ml (1/3 + 1/8 cup) double (heavy) cream
  • about 400-500g(14-18 oz) mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease two 15cm/6in round tins and line the bases with baking parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour with each one and mixing well after each addition.
  3. Sift together the remaining flour, the bicarbonate of soda and the cinnamon, add half to the butter mixture and begin to fold in until the mixture is gungy; fold in half of the cider, followed by the rest of the flour then the remainder of the cider.
  4. Divide the mixture between the tins (I use a scale for accuracy) and smooth it level. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. To make the mascarpone cream, beat together the mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on a low speed until smooth. Add the cream, turn up the speed to medium and whisk just until the icing forms stiff peaks, be careful not to overbeat it.
  6. Trim the tops of the cakes to level them (I find that this cake tends to 'peak' quite a lot) and place one on a serving platter. Spread over half of the mascarpone cream and arrange some berries on top. Place the other cake layer on top, spread over the remainder of the cream and decorate generously with berries.
  7. This cake is best served on the day it is made. Store in the fridge if it is not being served within a couple of hours,

Recipe Notes

Cake adapted from: https://www.bakingmad.com/paul-hollywoods-cider-cake-recipe/

Mixed berry, cider and cinnamon cake with vanilla mascarpone frosting

Summer berry, cider and cinnamon cake with vanilla mascarpone frosting

I was sent some cider to review but I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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28 Comments on Berry Cider Cake With Mascarpone Cream

  1. SweetJ
    April 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, so beautiful! I just want to dive into it!

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you!

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Angela, mascarpone cream is dangerously addictive, quite a lot of it didn’t make it as far as the cake…

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  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    April 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm (1 year ago)

    What a beautiful cake! I’ve never baked with cider before but definitely have to try it.

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Thalia πŸ™‚ I really liked it, I’m going to have to try using it in some more things!

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  3. nadia@maisontravers
    April 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm (1 year ago)

    That is one beautiful cake. The cider is very interesting.

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! The cider works really well, it adds an interesting level of flavour without being overpowering

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  4. Debbie Spivey
    April 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my goodness! This looks too pretty to eat! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Debbie!

      Reply
  5. Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    April 9, 2016 at 6:17 am (1 year ago)

    What a beautiful cake, Hannah! The cake looks perfectly baked. The cream is just too good – I could eat them like that. Topped with berries, wow! Thank you for sharing and I hope you are enjoying Fiesta Friday. πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jhuls πŸ™‚ it was an utterly delicious cake πŸ™‚

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  6. Frugal Hausfrau
    April 9, 2016 at 6:18 am (1 year ago)

    Oh my gosh, it’s so gorgeous! Can I use the word “swoon” as my reaction to the marscapone cream! It must have been fantastic! Who eats all these desserts? Do you need a helper, because I’m volunteering!!

    Mollie

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha! I admit that I do eat rather more cake than I should…but I do try and take them along to parties when I can, I only had one small slice of this one (un)fortunately!

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  7. Mila
    April 9, 2016 at 5:59 pm (1 year ago)

    What a cute cake! Love mascarpone cream with berries, it turns out always so nice and tasty! πŸ˜‰

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Mila πŸ™‚ I adore mascarpone cream, it is so addictive!

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  8. Becky
    April 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh this is so pretty! I just want to fall into it face first πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha! Thank you!

      Reply
  9. Helen at Casa Costello
    April 11, 2016 at 9:00 am (1 year ago)

    Wow stunning! It is indeed a most summery cake – Hurrah for being able to go out without a coat on. Brilliant use of cider – I’ve recently discovered Passion Fruit cider. Dangerously good! #bakeoftheWeek

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm (1 year ago)

      I had some passion fruit cider recently as well, it is very addictive! Unfortunately as soon as I put that post up the weather got cold again πŸ™ boo! x

      Reply
  10. jenny paulin
    April 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

    this looks wonderful. so beautiful x

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  11. Sarah Trivuncic, Maison Cupcake
    April 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Those berries look sumptuously perfect! And I love the touch of luxury with mascarpone filling.

    Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK – new linky and round up live on my site now.

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    • hannahhossack
      April 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Sarah, I adore mascarpone cream, I could eat a bowlful of it by itself πŸ™‚

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  12. Suchitra
    April 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm (1 year ago)

    A very lovely cake! I am sure it tasted great too! Saving the recipe. Would love to try it.

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    • hannahhossack
      April 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Suchitra πŸ™‚ It was super delicious!

      Reply

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