Pomegranate cake

Pomegranate cake
  • Serves icon Serves 8-10
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30 min, oven time 30 min, plus cooling

Adding pomegranate molasses to this cake lends a sweet-sharp flavour which pairs beautifully with the orange blossom and mascarpone topping.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
311kcals
Fat
17g (10.8g saturated)
Protein
2.3g
Carbohydrates
36.6g (24.2g sugars)
Fibre
1.1g
Salt
0.3g
Calories
311kcals
Fat
17g (10.8g saturated)
Protein
2.3g
Carbohydrates
36.6g (24.2g sugars)
Fibre
1.1g
Salt
0.3g

For 10

Ingredients

  • 150g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
  • 50g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 medium free-range eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses, plus 75ml extra
  • 150g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 50ml buttermilk

 

For the topping

  • 100g mascarpone
  • 15g icing sugar, sifted
  • ¼ tsp orange blossom water
  • Pomegranate seeds

Method

  1. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin (without a loose bottom). Heat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan/gas 4. Melt the butter and sugars in a saucepan, then pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Beat in the eggs, one by one, then stir in the 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses.
  2. Sift the flour, bicarb and salt into another large bowl, then fold in the egg mixture until combined. Stir in the buttermilk.
  3. Spoon the batter into the tin, then bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then invert onto a cooling rack. Set a plate underneath the rack. Poke holes in the top of the cake using a skewer, then pour over the 75ml pomegranate molasses. Cool.
  4. To make the topping, whisk the mascarpone with the icing sugar and orange blossom water. Spread over the cake, then scatter with pomegranate seeds. The cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

delicious. tips

  1. If you only have a loose-bottomed cake tin, line it first with foil, then with baking paper. You could use a 20cm square tin, although the cake may sink in the middle.

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