Sunday, June 14, 2009

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake


This is another great cake recipe that I found over at Smitten Kitchen. I've made several cakes and cookie bars that Deb posted and they have all turned out great. This is a very simple cake. Great to bring along to someone's house since it "travels well."

Did you all have a nice weekend. We went down to Richmond yesterday to an Italian festival at St. Joseph's church. The food was delicious and my husband had his first zeppole. I know....I can't believe he has never, ever had one. I had to explain what it was. Anyone that is reading this and is Italian is probably thinking "He's NEVER had a zeppole???????" My grandmother used to make them each September for the feast of St. Joseph. If you are not familiar with them they are very much like funnel cakes but smaller and rounded with powdered sugar. Yesterday's festival brought back many memories. They actually had a processional with the St. Joseph statue and all the dollars bills pinned on it! I hadn't seen something like that since I was a child. Of course I ate way too much. Sausage and peppers, pizza, pasta, cannolli, zeppole and it goes on.....Enough of my rattling on!!!!

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tbs sugar, divided
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest(optional)
1 large egg
1/2 cup well shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh raspberries

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

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium high speed until pale and fluffy, about two minutes, then beat in vanilla and zest, if using. Add egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture 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 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 cake plate.

22 comments:

Mary said...

This does look like a lovely cake. It's now on my hit list.

Jenn said...

That cake looks moist. I'd love to have a slice of that.

Cheryl said...

I agree the cake looks delish, I wish I could travel to your area I bet I would enjoy the heck out of it!

Lynda said...

This cake looks delicous... a perfect snack cake!

Reeni♥ said...

The Italian fest sounds so fun!! This cake looks moist and so scrumptious with the fresh raspberries in it!

Pamela said...

I've read some great reviews on this cake. Yours looks great and makes me want to try it, that's for sure! That cherry cake looks good, too!

Natashya said...

Raspberry buttermilk cake sounds awesome! (And I have never had zeppole either...!)

Manggy said...

Eating too much of Italian food is never a bad thing! ;) Never had zeppole, but then again I'm not the least bit Italian :)

finsmom said...

My husband LOVES raspberries - this looks like a really tasty way to use them :)

5 Star Foodie said...

The Italian festival sounds like fun! The buttermilk cake sounds delightful with raspberries!

Mary said...

This cake is very nice, can imagine it melting away as you eat it!

Katy said...

Debbie, this looks so good! Must be so tender with the buttermilk in it, and have a slight tang. Love raspberries!!

The festival sounds as if it were fun. I have not had zeppole either. I feel a gap in my life.

Cate O'Malley said...

The cake looks wonderful! I always have a little buttermilk leftover from some recipe or other, so bookmarking this one - yum!

Pam said...

What a moist and delicious looking cake - I love raspberries.

Bridgett said...

So many times I have bought raspberries and I end up never using them. I definitely will be giving this one a try as it look delicious! I just love the tart taste of raspberries...perfect for summer.

The Blonde Duck said...

Who doesn't like buttermilk cake?

teresa said...

That is just lovely! I might eat it for breakfast!

Sara said...

I have been wanting to make this, I even have the buttermilk waiting in the fridge!

Monica H said...

I've seen this going around the blog world and it looks delicious every time. This is no exception!

Aruna said...

Oh this is a lovely one. Very innovative too. I feel like grabbing that one peice from the monitor. :-)

♥Rosie♥ said...

This is a lovely cake!! It is going to be so light and moist with the buttermilk.

Ingrid said...

Your cake looks great! I actually have that recipe printed out as well.

Love zeppoles! I've bought the dough and fried them at home. So good so bad for you! :)
~ingrid