Writings on curious recipes, food I've tasted around the world and the quest for finding the perfect blueberry muffin.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Everyday Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Everyone has that cake. The one that never fails you. The one that is simple enough to whip up by heart. The one that only needs two bowls and a mixer. The one for which you normally don’t even have to run to the store because you have all the ingredients at home – and you know those are always the best.

 Don't have that cake? Then please allow me to be so bold: This will be yours.

It is definitely mine. Stumbled upon a year ago via Smitten Kitchen, my all-time favorite recipe source, I have since used it countless times. I love how simple it is – and how versatile. Don’t have raspberries? What about a different berry? Or even chopped up peaches or nectarines or… well, any fruit, really.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

125g // 1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
150g // 2/3 cup of sugar + one to two tablespoons for sprinkling
56g of butter
Zest of one lemon
Heaping teaspoon of vanilla sugar // 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 medium egg
125ml // 1/2 cup of buttermilk*
200g // 1 cup of raspberries

1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about two minutes). Add lemon zest, vanilla sugar/extract and egg. Mix well.
3. Mix in a third of the flour, then half the buttermilk, another third of flour, the rest of the buttermilk and then the remaining flour until incorporated.
4. Spread into 9 inch //24 cm round baking form, place raspberries on top and sprinkle with one to two tablespoons of sugar.
5. Bake at 204°C // 400°F for 20-25 minutes. Wait for it to cool. Enjoy!

*Don’t have buttermilk? Just add a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 250 ml // 1 cup of milk! Stir.. and let it sit for 10 minutes.


Effie said...

This recipe looks great - I'm going to have to try it. Two days ago I tried Smitten Kitchen's Strawberry Cake recipe, which is similar to this, and it came out beautifully (I blogged about it: http://effiesfoodblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/simple-strawberry-cake.html if you're interested)
I really like your blog - it seems we've started blogging at similar times - but you're obviously a more skilled cook than I! I'll keep popping back to your site for recipes. Thanks! Effie x

littlemissdids said...

Hi Effie!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I'm very glad you'll be coming back!! :)
This raspberry cake is wonderful and very easy to make. Let me know what you think!
I just made SK's strawberry cake today and it was truly delicious (might also blog about it!) Your site is great, I'm definitely going to try the carrot and walnut muffins - they look wonderful!

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