Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Secret World of Arriety and the Raspberry Cake

Arrietty is one of our favourite characters. If you like animated fantasy films, particularly by Hayao Miyazaki, this film might be just for you. Arrietty which is classified under the titles The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, an English author of children's books. It's about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household, borrowing items from humans to survive. 

Well, we've been watching it for the last week and every time I watched it the main character Arrietty inspired me to bake something colourful with a special flavour and I ended up with this raspberry cake. Blow-minding!

250 g flour, add more if the batter is too runny
2 medium eggs 
140 cup caster sugar
140 cup vegetable oil
140 cup milk
1 bag of baking powder (13g)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon rum aroma  
200 g fresh or frozen raspberries
powdered sugar, to serve

1. Heat oven to 180-190C and grease a 22 cm cake tin. 
2. Using an electric mixer, mix eggs and oil until creamy and then add milk, flour, baking powder, rum aroma, lemon juice until well combined.
3. Spread the mix over the cake tin and smooth over the top. Scatter the raspberries over
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden
5. Cool on a wire rack until completely cold. Remove from the tin and and dust with powdered sugar to serve. 



  1. Thank you!
    Made this with blueberries for an office morning tea for my husbands work. Worked well. I did put in a 25cm flan tin wich was good as it baked up well.

  2. Hello Mary!
    Blueberries? Good idea! You could have added a little more sugar for the blueberries! Did you take any photographs? I am really HAPPY to hear that it worked well! Thank you for giving the recipe a try!
    Love from Sarajevo!