Saturday, August 29, 2009

In the kitchen: Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

With the raspberry harvest winding down, I'm trying to get my fill. Despite being an easy cake, this one was groundbreaking in our kitchen. The boy came with a Kitchen Aid. Can you believe my luck? But for almost a year I have been toiling away with the good old-fashioned hand method. Call it intimidation, but I couldn't breing myself to use it. Not so anymore. I finally broke down, wiped off the dust and mixed away. The result: this tasty cake June's Gourmet that I highly recommend:

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
Adapted from Gourmet, June 2009
  • 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 large egg
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (about 5 ounces)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 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 sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 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.

1 comment:

  1. I've been dying to make this cake- but too hot to turn the oven on. Now that it is cool here- checked the expiration date on the buttermilk last Monday- had to toss it!