Saturday 25 July 2009

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

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J and her daughter V decided to host the first Annual Whalley Range Cherry Berry Festival at their house yesterday. As the name says, it was all about celebrating cherries and berries and the abundance of great fruit that's around at the moment. Everyone invited was asked to bring along a treat and the table nearly collapsed under the weight of all the fabulous food.

Unfortunately, the sun didn't really put in much of an appearance so it ended up being an indoors picnic instead of a garden party, but that really didn't put a damper on things and everyone ended up being high on sugar and/or berry cocktails!

One of the fun things was to look for recipes that would be suitable, which took up quite a bit of my time over the last week. Whenever I was supposed to do something that I didn't really want to do, I just started searching the net and going through books and magazines looking for recipes. In the end I chose a Raspberry Buttermilk Cake that I found on another blog. You can see the original on Cookworm.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4oz unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
6oz fresh raspberries (about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 200C. Butter a 9-inch cake pan and line with parchment. (I used a 26cm springform pan, so it was a little bigger than suggested.)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

With a standing or hand mixer, beat the butter with the 2/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add the vanilla extract and the egg, beating thoroughly.

Turn speed to low and alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, mixing until just combined.

Spread batter into your prepared pan, smoothing the top. Scatter the raspberries evenly over the top and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took about 35 minutes, despite being thinner due to the bigger cake pan.)

Cool in pan 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


J.L. Danger said...

what a picture!

Hilary said...

Too bad the weather isn't feeling a little more summery to go along with such a lovely summer cake. Beautiful!

Ninette said...

Wow, that looks terrific! I might have to go out and get some raspberries!

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, that looks just wonderful!

Gloria Baker said...

Sylvie look absolutely wonderful and yummy!! nice pictures!! Gloria

Marie Rayner said...

What a great idea Sylvie!! A berry party! I love your picture of this delicious cake. It looks fabulous and those cherries dipped in chocolate? WOW!

The Curious Cat said...

yum, yum...funny this post...I'm about to go seek out some buttermilk for a cake myself! xxx

Katiecakes said...

Wow, this looks lovely. And are those Strawberry and Blueberry Ladybirds I see? How adorable!

Katie xox

Susan@Holly Grove said...

Hi Sylvie,

I was lucky enough to sample some of your cake yesterday when I visited J for the weekend - delicious!

cookworm said...

What an incredible looking spread! I hope the cake was successful. :)

Anonymous said...

Über einen Umweg bin ich auf Deinem Blog gelandet und bin ganz angetan von den Bildern und Rezepten. Entspricht alles sehr meinem Geschmack, ohne viel Schnick-Schnack, lecker und ehrlich. Ich mag auch die Bücher von Tessa Kiros. Und diesen Kuchen hier werde ich ganz schnell nachbacken, tolle Kombi mit der Buttermilch.
Letztes Jahr war ich das erste Mal in meinem Leben in (Süd)England und war sehr angetan von Land und Leuten. Und von der Auswahl an Lebensmitteln; gerade auf dem Land hat man eine Auswahl an regionalen Produkten, die ich hier im Kölner Raum kaum finde.
Freue mich auf viele weitere Rezepte,

Sylvie said...

J.Danger, I'm glad you like it.

Hilary, you're right, but having cake makes the rain a little more bearable.

Ninette, they are so good right now.

Oneordinaryday, thank you.

Gloria, thank you.

The Curious Cat, I'm looking forward to hearing about yours.

Katiecakes, yes they are. It's something my friend came up with. Aren't they great and they tasted great too. The spots are made with white chocolate.

The Generous Gardener, I'm glad you liked it and had a lovely day at the RHS show.

Cookworm, the cake was wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Claudi, danke fuer den Besuch auf meinem Blog und den netten Kommentar. Du hast Recht das Angebot and Lebensmitteln ist hier wirklich gut, und die alten Vorurteile ueber die Englische Kueche sind heutzutage wirklich nicht mehr berechtigt.

Marie, it was inspired by an episode of the River Cottage.

Anonymous said...

what a fun gathering-good food and great friends!

Jan said...

Such a great picture! Sylvie that cake looks really yummy!

diva said...

right, anything buttermilk and i'm there. this looks amazing and i'm sure it tastes like a dream too! yum yum. x

Karine said...

I have nerver had a raspberry cake... I have only had either raspberry muffins or raspberry pudding... your cake looks delicious!

Anne said...

Lovely looking cake, I love raspberries so will have to give this a go soon!

Sam said...

A cherry berry festival sounds fun! I really like the look of that cake.


Hello, you have the most beautiful blog here, I'm loving reading it and your pictures are just stunning... thank you so much !!!!

Angie said...

Yummy blog I have given it an award - go see.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, der war sehr lecker und schnell gemacht. Hatte TK-Himbeeren, ging prima. Er war auch noch 2 Tage später sehr saftig und wird bei mir nun öfter, auch mal mit anderen Beeren gemacht.

JamaGenie said...

Raspberries and buttermilk - what a delicious combination! I just found your blog and so far haven't found anything in older posts that doesn't look yummy! (Sorry about the rain, tho.)

Two Truly Scrumptious Ladies said...

I love your pictures! One half of us lives in manchester and was very excited to see a berry party in Whalley Range (everything foodie is so often in the countryside!!) x

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The party theme sounds like it was a lot of fun and pleny of room for creativity...with or without weather co-operation.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Sylvie, what a great event but sorry the weather wasn't on your side! Beautiful pictures and stunning food!