Blueberry crumble cake

Rachel Allen's dairy-free cake is topped with sticky crumble and oozing with bursting blueberries
By Rachel Allen
Blueberry crumble cake
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  • Serves: 8-12
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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the topping

  • 50 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 150 g dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soya spread

For the cake

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 50 g wholemael flour
  • 150 ml soya or rice milk
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, beaten (or 3 tsp egg replacer mixed with 6 tsp water)
  • 250 g fresh or frozen blueberries


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4, then line the base and sides of a square cake tin (20cm, 5cm sides) with baking parchment, with the paper coming above the sides of the tin to enable the cake to be lifted out easily.

2. First make the topping. Sift the flour and cinnamon into a large bowl, add the sugar and mix together. Using your fingers, rub in the soya spread until the mixture forms a crumbly topping.

3. For the cake: Sift the plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a separate bowl and mix in the sugar and wholemeal flour. In another bowl, whisk together the soya or rice milk, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla extract until well combined.

4. Add the beaten eggs, or egg replacer mixture, to the wet ingredients, then gradually pour them into the flour mixture and mix just until combined.

5. Fold in about half of the blueberries, then pour the batter into the prepared tin. Scatter the remaining blueberries over the top of the cake and then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the top of the batter.

6. Bake for 5060 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. The top will be golden brown and look uneven, but dont worry as thats part of its charm.

7. Allow the cake to sit in the tin for 20 minutes before lifting out using the baking parchment, then carefully peel away the paper and allow to cool down fully on a wire rack. Cut into squares and arrange on a plate to serve.

Text © Rachel Allen 2012. Photography © Philip Webb 2012.
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