Recipe by momaphet
This is a good, basic go-to buttermilk cake — moist and ever-so-light — a great jumping off point for whatever you can dream up. Try different berries - the original had no almond extract or almonds but I love it. A little cinnamon and nutmeg with pinch of ginger with peach chunks would be delicious. This is a thin cake and cooks very quickly, which is lovely if you invite someone over for coffee and cake and have no cake, or wake up with a craving! Adapted from Gourmet and Smitten Kitchen
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
- 1 cup fresh raspberry
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 400°F 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, then beat in vanilla & almond extract and the zest. 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 and sliced almonds.
- 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 plate. Or if your like me cool it just long enough to take your pictures and serve it straight from the pan.