Strawberry Buttermilk Cake – Gluten Free!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free flour blend (add 2 teaspoons xanthan gum if not already included in the 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 grapefruit zest, divided (orange is ok if you prefer)
1 pound strawberries, halved – or quartered if very large

Directions

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 Gluten Free 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 grapefruit 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 strawberries, cut-side down, on top of the batter, gently pressing to partially submerge. Squeeze in as many strawberries as possible. 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.

adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.

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