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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

This delicious recipe for a made from scratch Raspberry Buttermilk Cake is easy and quick to make. It's perfect for casual entertaining and makes a wonderful summer dessert.

Bowl of fresh raspberries

This moist and light raspberry cake is perfect for summer when fresh raspberries are readily available. It's also a versatile recipe since this cake is also delicious made with blueberries and blackberries. The recipe for this tasty and tender buttermilk cake is adapted from Gourmet.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake served with bowl of fresh raspberries.

How to Make it

This easy recipe will make a one layer cake. It can be made in either a 9-inch square or round cake pan.

Here's an overview of the ingredients and steps for making this simple cake. You can find the amounts required in the recipe card below.

Ingredients Overview:

  • All-purpose flour 
  • Baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Sugar 
  • Lemon zest - Optional. Adding a bit of lemon zest to the cake batter adds a fresh flavor to the cake.
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • One egg
  • Buttermilk - Ready made or homemade buttermilk will work in this recipe.
  • Fresh raspberries, rinsed and patted dry - You could also make this recipe with other fresh berries!

Tip: It's better to rinse the berries ahead of time and let them dry on their own. Raspberries are delicate and can be a bit difficult to pat dry.

Steps Overview:

  1. To make this cake, start by preheating your oven and placing a rack in the centre of your oven.
  2. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square or circular pan.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed. Scrape the sides of bowl and add the egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest to the butter mixture. Beat to combine.
  5. With the mixer on low-speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour, and mixing until just combined (take a look at the recipe card below for more details on how to do this).
  6. Spread the batter in the prepared cake pan, scatter raspberries on top of the cake and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.
  7. Let cake cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert the cake onto the rack to cool completely.

The only drawback when making this cake is that some of the raspberries will sink to the bottom. You can try dusting the raspberries with a little bit of flour before scattering them on top of the batter.

Slice of Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Serving Suggestions

This raspberry buttermilk coffee cake can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or as a light and simple dessert. It can be served on its own, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Storage Instructions

Cover leftover cake and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.

Enjoy!

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Slice of raspberry buttermilk cake.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Author: Adapted from Gourmet
A delicious, moist and light Raspberry Buttermilk Cake perfect for casual entertaining.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 130 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened, 56 grams
  • cup plus 1 Tbs. sugar divided, 146 grams, 12 grams
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk 118 ml
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries 140 grams

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pan, I used a square pan but you can use a circular one.
  • Rinse the raspberries and set aside on paper towels to dry.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add egg, lemon zest and vanilla, beat until combined. With the mixer on low-speed, add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour, and mixing until just combined.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the pan and arrange the raspberries on top of the cake.
  • Sprinkle the cake with remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake for approximately 18 to 22 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool in the pan on wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely.
  • Wait 15 minutes more and then invert cake back onto a plate.

Notes

  1. Store bought or homemade buttermilk will work in this recipe.
  2. Cover leftover cake and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 4.2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword Buttermilk Raspberry Cake, Raspberry Buttermilk Cake, Raspberry Cake
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Tasty Eats Ronit Penso

Monday 4th of August 2014

Love fruit cakes and this one looks so very tasty! Great photos too. :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 4th of August 2014

So do I. Thank you so much!

Michelle

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Buttermilk cakes seem to be a hit with everyone. I think they bring back a lot of childhood memories. I've never had one with raspberries--looks good! Supposedly, if you dust berries or chocolate chips with flour they won't sink to the bottom of cakes. I've tried it, but it still didn't work! Maybe I didn't use enough flour? Anyway, I kind of like the layered effect sinking fruit gives!

Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo. Your cake was one of the Top-viewed links and will be featured when tonight's party goes live!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Thank you Michelle, yes I've heard about that trick. Happy to hear that people enjoyed my link and thanks for featuring me on your blog :)

Ngan R.

Friday 1st of August 2014

Looks delightful. I love buttermilk cakes!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 1st of August 2014

Thanks! So do I :)

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