This Berry Buttermilk Cake is the perfect dessert all summer long – not just on red, white & blue holidays. Yes, I make it on Memorial Day and 4th of July, but I also make it to take to backyard BBQs and parties too. This cake, a batch of 3-Ingredient Cookies and a pint or two of ice cream, and I’m a dessert SUPERSTAR. You can be too. This cake is so easy to put together, and it’s full of fresh berries and a little citrus – no melty frosting, no decorating. Gorgeous as-is. I bake the cake in a pretty pie plate and serve it straight from there.
I’ve used coconut milk in this recipe with success, but you’ve got to add about 3/4 teaspoon of lemon juice to the coconut milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes to get the tangy flavor you’re looking for. (The same process will work with regular dairy milk if you don’t have buttermilk.) I haven’t tried replacing the butter in this cake, so that’s why I’m not offering y’all a dairy-free option. A few friends have tried this with regular AP Flour and loved it too.
If you love this Berry Buttermilk Cake, you’ll probably love my Strawberry Buttermilk Cake too. Or you could just pop some strawberries on top of this cake and call it good too. Your choice.
1 1/2 cups AP flour or Gluten Free flour blend (we used Pamela’s GF Artisan Blend)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 large egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided (orange is ok if you prefer)
1/2 cup each raspberries and blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Butter a 10-inch (25 cm) pie or tart pan, or prepare with non-stick spray.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Combine butter and 3/4 cup sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, buttermilk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest on medium speed. Add the flour mixture and mix to combine without over-mixing.
Spread batter in the prepared dish (it will be thick). Arrange berries on top of the batter, gently pressing to partially submerge. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar (if you have turbinado or raw sugar available, that works well on top of the cake).
Bake in oven until top is light golden and a knife inserted in the cake comes clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in plate on a rack. Before serving, sprinkle remaining zest over the cake. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Accompany with whipped cream if desired.
photo by Katie Roletto from our days at Love With Food.