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gluten free berry buttermilk cake
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Gluten-Free Berry Buttermilk Cake

Packed with all the best fruit of summer, this rich berry buttermilk cake goes perfect with summer backyard parties - just pair with ice cream and let the rave reviews come in.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1 ½ cups AP flour or Gluten Free flour blend (we used Pamela’s GF Artisan Blend)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 large egg
  • cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided (orange is ok if you prefer)
  • ½ 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 ¾ 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.