Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

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Strawberry Buttermilk CakeI was down in San Diego visiting my parents for Memorial Day weekend when this recipe showed up in my Google Reader. It was 9 at night and my parents, sister, and I were all sitting around watching TV, stuffed from dinner and a party earlier in the day. I made this cake thinking we would taste it before bed and eat some of it the next day.

Which we did. Actually, we finished it the next day. And made two more as well. Oh yes, it was that much of a hit! The second time around, I made it a lot healthier by making a few substitutions: I replaced the butter with applesauce (tablespoon for tablespoon), the sugar with Splenda, and the flour with whole wheat flour. And it still got two thumbs up from everyone! It’s light, moist, delicious, and incredibly simple to make.

Notes: Since I was baking at my parents’ house and didn’t have my cake pans, I used a pie pan and it turned out just fine. I also made my own buttermilk (using Lactaid!) by adding 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar to the 1/2 cup milk and let it sit for 10 minutes. And finally, you can substitute any berry you wish.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1 large egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh strawberries (you can use any berry you want)

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 (146 grams) sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about two minutes, then beat in vanilla and zest, if using. 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.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes (mine were all done in about 18 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 (I skipped this part and just cut, sliced, and served–much easier).

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen.


22 Responses to “Strawberry Buttermilk Cake”

    Krista on 1 May 27th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Did you replace all the butter with applesauce? Or just partial?

    Hilary on 2 May 27th, 2009 2:05 pm

    I replaced all of it–it was only half a stick (four tablespoons).

    DessertObsessed on 3 May 27th, 2009 6:05 pm

    wow sounds popular! i think i need to make this soon!

    veggievixen on 4 May 27th, 2009 7:39 pm

    hooray for strawberries!

    this cake must have amazing texture.

    dawn on 5 May 28th, 2009 1:27 pm

    I adore buttermilk cake with fruity additions! I am such a fan of buttermilk in baked goods. I adore this!

    Seanna Lea on 6 May 28th, 2009 6:16 pm

    I saw this recipe at Smitten Kitchen a few days ago and it looked pretty amazing. I’ll have to keep the healthy options in mind when I make it (though this one wasn’t as decadently bad for me as the Shaker Lemon Pie).

    steve on 7 May 28th, 2009 6:56 pm

    very nice & interesting. good luck .

    Elyse on 8 May 28th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Wow, sounds like the family absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Strawberry buttermilk–I don’t think it gets much better! Buttermilk does such wonderful things for cake, and I can only imagine how moist and tender this cake is. Delish!

    Marina on 9 May 29th, 2009 11:36 pm

    Good recipe just like tast of edible arrangements dipped strawberries

    food librarian on 10 May 30th, 2009 12:42 pm

    Yours looks lovely! I made it with blueberries and they sank to the bottom so I turned it over for an upside-down cake! 🙂 The strawberries sound fantastic. I thought the cake was light and yummy

    Cheryl on 11 June 3rd, 2009 9:22 am

    I made this twice. I used blueberries for one and strawberries for the other. blueberries were the favorite. did yours stick to the pan? I buttered and floured, but both of mine stuck to the pan a little. any suggestions?

    ASHLEA on 12 June 5th, 2009 7:41 am

    This looks like the perfect summer dessert! Can’t wait to try!

    Hilary on 13 June 5th, 2009 11:09 am

    Hmm. Mine didn’t stick to the pan at all. I actually used Pam (rather than butter) and floured. I don’t think that would make a huge difference though. And my berries didn’t sink either, maybe because I sliced the strawberries into small pieces? Sorry I’m not much help here!

    John on 14 June 10th, 2009 7:33 am

    It looks very goods
    I’ll definitely to come back to your blog again.

    Dawn Smith on 15 June 10th, 2009 10:41 am

    Wow! sounds delicious..i wanna make it soon…i was wondering about the of my friend introduced me to a great source where i can find gamut of food products from around the world.

    howtoeatacupcake on 16 June 10th, 2009 2:49 pm

    Oh that Smitten Kitchen is a genius… And so are YOU for finding out that this cake is still delicious after a healthy makeover! 😀

    CakeSpy on 17 June 18th, 2009 8:01 am

    yumyumyumyumyum. I want. Now!

    Karl on 18 June 20th, 2009 4:46 pm

    I made this a couple of weeks ago for a cookout at my Aunt’s house, it was a big hit so much so that my Aunt wants me to make it this weekend. I bought to much strawberries so I put a nice pattern on top.

    Cuen on 19 July 11th, 2009 10:05 pm

    Hi hi, just tried your recipe yesterday. Made them into cupcakes and with blueberries instead. But I overdoes it with blueberries. =)

    Veron on 20 July 22nd, 2009 10:11 am

    I saw this at Smitten Kitchen’s website and had been imagining how tasty this would be. Anything with buttermilk sound warm and comforting to me for some reason. Fantastic crumb on yours!

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    shawna on 22 August 1st, 2011 9:17 pm

    ok, this is good, but i think i should have read the part about laying the strawberries on top more carefully…i mixed a few of them in the batter and got me some gooey spots….still tastes good though.