We know it’s been done before, but after porting Breeze to the Raspberry Pi it almost seems rude not to bake a Raspberry Pi cake! In fact this is a Raspberry Blackwell tart, which is a traditional British dessert made with fruit and almonds that lends itself to icing nicely. The Raspberry Pi is a 25 dollar computer designed by Broadcom in Cambridge (UK). It features an ARM core, also made in Cambridge
In keeping with the British theme, we ate our Raspberry Pie with Welsh lamb burgers that were farmed in South Wales near to the Pencoed factory where the real Raspberry Pis are made. We also washed it down with some home-brewed ale that was made in a RPi-controlled fridge. In a comparison with beer made with human-controlled fridge, the Raspberry Pi wins because it doesn’t feel the need to leave its duties and discuss brewing with its friends.
Bakewell Raspberry Pi Cake Recipe
To bake your raspberry pi, you will need an oblong cake tray and the following ingredients. It is more common to made a Bakewell with a cherry jam, but it works just as well with raspberries.
- For the short-crust pastry
- 175g plain flour
- 75g cold butter
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- the zest of one unwaxed lemon
- For the filling
- 200g fresh or frozen raspberries (we used frozen ones)
- 125g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 125g ground almonds
- 1 free-range egg
Grease your tin with butter and dust with flour, preheat your oven to 200C and measure all of the pastry ingredients into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs then bind it with 2 tbsp cold water. You should take care not to overwork the pastry. Roll it out and place it in the tin with some extra lying around the edges. Leave it in the fridge for 30 mins.
Once chilled you should line your pastry with baking paper and fill with baking beans before blind baking for 15mins. Take the beans out then bake for another 5 mins so the pastry is dry, but not brown. You can now trim the edges carefully (get an adult to do this with a sharp knife).
To make the filling, melt the butter in a pan then add the sugar and almonds, mixing in the egg last. Spread your raspberries over the pastry case then pour in your filling. Bake for 30mins. You may need to cover the tart with baking paper if it browns too early.
Leave the tart to cool before starting to ice it. It is advisable to use this time to assemble a group of friends to pass comment on how the icing is going and to make unhelpful suggestions.
To decorate, we recommend buying pre-coloured icing, at least for the green and the black areas because life is too short to make your own. It is up to you which components you represent, but the main features are labeled above. You must remember to double layer the main CPU, otherwise it won’t have any RAM. The LAN is also fairly essential if you are going to ssh to your cake.
We glued our icing on with lemon jam, but any will do. It is a messy job so something colourless is better. If you use a brush, make sure it is clean. For the coloured components, we used white fondant icing and the coloured them once they were on the cake. You will get a better effect if you colour the icing first, but by that time the sausages were ready on the BBQ so we decided to cut a few corners.
Good luck making your cake and let us know how you get on!
Ellexus are the developers of Breeze, a Linux dependency tracing tool that shows you what your programs are doing as they run. You can quickly search trace data to trouble shoot a problem build or installation.