Raspberry Buttermilk Cake has raspberries *inside* the cake instead of just on top of it. It’s a yummy treat that can be used as a dessert, or put in a lunch box for a lunch-time treat at school.
Being from the south, I am used to using buttermilk in a lot of my baking. The richness of the buttermilk just adds something extra to what might ordinarily be a rather plain recipe. Buttermilk cake is a great basic recipe that can be used for anything from birthday cakes to breakfast treats. This recipe is from one of my cooking classes at Sur la Table.
The key to this cake is not just the buttermilk, but the butter. You need to make sure it is at room temperature, and you don’t want to rush the creaming of it as it is the key to ensuring a good crumb in your cake slices!
You also want to make sure you have berries that aren’t over-ripe or too soft. We used raspberries in this recipe, but you can use pretty much any other berry (or combination of berries) that you want. That is the great thing about a good base cake — it goes well with pretty much anything you want to add to it!
Lastly, I used a rectangular pan for my recipe. In the class, we worked with half recipes, so what we made wouldn’t have filled the 8″x 8″ round cake pan called for in the recipe. Using a square or rectangular pan is certainly an option — I would suggest a 9″ x 9″ square pan or two small loaf pans if you want to take that route. We used the mini loaf pans and you can see the end result was four slices of the cake for our half recipe.
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