Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Today on my Rise & Shine segment, we’ll be making this wonderful breakfast cake in honor of all the Mothers out there as Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe and check back later as I’ll post the video of the segment if you want to see us make it!

Today I pulled out my June Gourmet magazine and flipped to a page I’d put a little yellow sticky tab on.

Raspberry Buttermilk cake.

What a great way to honor the up coming days of summer than to make something with raspberries.

This is a fairly simple cake to make, a great breakfast cake, or just simply something for when you’re not wanting a dessert that’s too sweet.

Begin by preheating your oven to 400º.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.


In another mixing bowl, add 1/2 stick of UNsalted butter.  I usually use salted butter in everything, but there was a faint taste of salt when the cake was done, so I would not use it here.  Also, dump in 2/3 cup of sugar. Save an additional 1 1/2 tablespoon for later.


Mix these together for about 2 minutes on medium-high speed until they are pale and fluffy.


Let us pause for a moment.  We’re pausing in honor of this stuff.


Mexican vanilla.  How I love this stuff.

Melisa gave me half of her jar and it came at just the right time as mine was gone.  It’s a bad thing to be out of Mexican vanilla.  However, Gourmet’s recipe just calls for pure vanilla extract, so you can use that.

Add in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.39

Add in your one large egg.


Mix well, about a minute.

Measure out one cup of your buttermilk.  Also, have your flour mixture on-hand.  Turn your mixer on low-speed.  You’re going to alternate adding your flour mixture and your buttermilk 3 times.

Start by pouring 1/3 of your buttermilk into your mixer.  Just eyeball it.


Now add approximately a third of your flour mixture.


Do this same process two more times.  Add buttermilk, then add flour mixture.  Add buttermilk, add flour mixture.  Just mix until it looks well-blended.


Spoon your batter into your prepared cake pan.


You know I never do anything the way I’m told, right? I doubled the recipe and poured it into a springform pan as I wanted a big puffy Raspberry Buttermilk Cake.

Smooth out the top and then take a cup or so of raspberries and evenly distribute that over the top of the cake.


Don’t worry.  They aren’t going to stay there!  They’re going to sink down into the batter while baking and make gorgeous yumminess!

Now, remember that sugar you reserved? Now is the time to use it. Sprinkle it evenly over the top of the cake.  Add a little bit more if you’re feeling naughty.  When the cake bakes, this will make a delicious crunch on the top of the cake.

Pop your cake into the oven and bake it 25-30 minutes or until you stick a fork in the center and it comes out clean.

Remove your treasure from the oven.


Let it set for about 10 minutes.  Then remove it from the pan to cool.

Pause and sigh and inhale the glorious smell.

Let your cake rest about 15 minutes, then transfer to a plate.


While it’s cooling, why not make some homemade whipped cream?

Pour about a cup and 1/2 of heavy whipping cream into your mixing bowl.  Add about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.


And also spoon in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.


As you can see by the pictures above, it’s not rocket science.  I didn’t even use a measuring spoon.

Now whip your cream until it gets little peaks starting to form. It takes a few minutes.   DON’T overwhip it or you’ll get butter though!


By now, your cake is ready for a taste-test.

Cut a big wedge and put it on a pretty plate.


Spoon a dollop of whipped cream over top.

Pat yourself on the back over a job well-done and enjoy the simpleness of this earthy cake.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup plus 1½ tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (about 5 oz)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat butter and ⅔ cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla.
  4. Add egg and beat well.
  5. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top.
  7. Scatter raspberries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1½ Tbsp sugar.
  8. Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  10. Invert onto a plate.


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  1. says

    Oh YUM!!! It looks so moist and delicious:-) And love that you used whole raspberries, would be a perfect treat for sure:-) Take care, Terra

  2. @witteeme says

    I tried it with my little girl. She ate lots of Raspberries but had enough to do 2 cakes. It was blast making it. Thank you giving us something to cook! We added Peach Ice Cream.. also mouth watering.

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