A quick, easy and delicious raspberry cake, flavoured with buttermilk and studded with raspberries. A perfect dessert any time of year.
Whenever I find myself with raspberries and I’m in the mood for a little baking, this is the cake I make!
I first discovered this cake in Bon Apetit and have made it countless times since. It’s lightly sweet and loaded with fruit, so it’s a perfect slice any time of day.
Serve simply with a dusting of icing sugar or dress it up for a lovely dessert, with a dollop of whipped cream (or vanilla iced cream), if you like.
Ingredient Notes: Tips and substitution suggestions
All Purpose Flour: This is the regular baking flour, sometimes known as plain flour. I have not tested this recipe with gluten free flour, but I suspect a cup-for-cup gluten free blend should work here.
Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter here. If using salted butter, you may wish to reduce the amount of added salt slightly.
Sugar: You can reduce the added sugar somewhat, if you prefer. I wouldn’t suggest going below 1/2 cup of added sugar here.
Buttermilk: Buttermilk is lovely for a nice tangy flavour to your cake. If you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own, by measuring out 1/2 cup of regular milk and adding 1 1/2 tsp of either lemon juice or white vinegar to the milk. Let stand 10 minutes, then use. I haven’t tested this recipe with alternative milk substitutes, though I suspect they should work here cup for cup.
Raspberries: You can use fresh or frozen raspberries here. If frozen, use from frozen and allow a little extra baking time. If will often add more than the 1 cup recommended, though I would go beyond 1 1/2 cups of fruit.
Baker’s Notes: My best baking tips
Use a 9 or 10-inch springform pan. An 8-inch pan is likely too small to hold all this batter safely. If you only have an 8-inch, go ahead and use it, but maybe hold back a bit of the batter to be safe.
You can bake this cake up rustic-style in a 10-inch top diameter cast-iron skillet, if you like.
Lining the bottom of your springform pan with parchment ensures that it can be easily removed from the pan after baking. If you aren’t concerned about presentation on a plate, you can just grease well and skip the parchment,
Every oven is different and darker coloured baking pans will speed up the baking process. As such be sure to check on your cake often during the last part of baking, as yours may cook more quickly. Likewise, be sure to test the cake with a cake tester inserted in the centre of the cake before removing from the oven. The tester should come out clean.
Top Tip! Try this delicious cake with other berries, as well. Blackberries or blueberries would also be lovely.
Storage Notes: Making ahead, storage and freezing
This cake keeps well wrapped and stored at room temperature. It should be good for a couple of days.
This cake would also freeze well, tightly wrapped, for up to a month.
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Buttermilk Raspberry Cake
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt reduce slightly if using salted butter
- 1/4 cup butter salted or unsalted, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk well shaken *or see Notes
- 1 cup raspberries fresh or frozen (unthawed)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp white granulated sugar for sprinkling (course sugar would be good, as well)
- Icing/Confectioner's sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 400° F. and place rack in centre of oven. Grease a 9 or 10-inch cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, for easy removal. (You can also bake this in a greased 10-inch top diameter cast-iron skillet, if you like).
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer or with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Add the egg and beat well.
- With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 batches, starting with 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the buttermilk, then half the remaining flour, the rest of the buttermilk and finishing with the remaining flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
- Spoon the batter into prepared cake pan or skillet, smoothing top. Scatter raspberries evenly over the top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.
- Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into centre comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pan 10 minutes. If baked in a skillet, serve right from the skillet. If baked in a cake pan, then turn out onto a rack and allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.