You knew it would not be long before I baked another cake. This may be one of our favorites. It contains five cups of berries! You're guaranteed berries in every piece and almost every bite!
The original recipe gives the option of using fresh or frozen berries, so frozen should work just as well.
It makes a nice sized cake. Inspired by Double Berry Cake at Food.com, I switched it up and added all kinds of berries. It's a great way to use them up. We enjoyed it for afternoon tea every day. Even the dogs got a bite and approved.
I made a cream cheese frosting for it. Frosting fans, please note that this makes enough for a very light amount of frosting. If you're frosting crazed, you may wish to double the frosting recipe.
However, it would be equally good plain and served with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. If you plan to serve with whipped cream instead of the frosting, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar before baking.
Berry Berry Berrylicious Cake
Inspired by Double Berry Cake at Food.com
5 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
1 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar, optional (if using whipped cream instead of frosting)
Soften butter and bring 4 eggs to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x11 baking pan.
Wash the fruit, spread on a couple paper towels and dab with another paper towel to dry. Chop the strawberries into chunks. Pour all into a bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour and turn to coat. Set aside.
Pour the vinegar into the milk and set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom. Stir well with a fork or whisk to combine.
Cream the butter with the sugar for five minutes until it is light in color and creamy. Beat in each egg. Alternate adding the flour and the milk in small portions. Add the vanilla and beat well. Add the fruit and stir in using the lowest possible mixer setting. Pour into prepared pan. (If serving with whipped cream, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar before baking.)
Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Place butter, cream cheese, and vanilla into mixer and beat together. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Beat an additional 5 minutes for great frosting. Spread on cooled cake.
|Mix the berries with a tablespoon of flour.|
|Mix the flour and spice.|
|Beat, beat, beat!|
|Pretty even without frosting.|
|Almost a berry in every bite!|