Berry cake

This cake is fucking fantastic and easy to make! If you make this, people will love you forever. You can substitute the raspberries for any berries you want or go even out of the berry family and visit the “pit” family such as cherries or peaches. I like to do combination of multiple fruits just for fun.

If you make this cake and you are by yourself, you will likely find yourself eating the whole thing, so it’s best made with and for friends, just like everything in life.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1 large egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh berries of your choice

Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.  You can either butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan, or I use a non-stick oil spray instead.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, cream butter and 2/3 cup sugar, then add in vanilla and zest, if using. Beat an egg in a cup and add to the mix as well. This all can be done using an electric mixer on medium-high speed as well if desired.

Mix in flour in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter raspberries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 grams) sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.

If you don’t happen to have buttermilk on hand, you can easily substitute with kefir or yogurt, or you can make your own by adding 1tbs of vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk. Let it sit until it clabbers, about 10 minutes and  voila, almost-buttermilk is born.



One Comment to “Berry cake”

  1. This looks pretty adaptable. We have a mulberry tree in the backyard…maybe I’ll throw some of them in this cake.

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