Iiiiittt’ssssss BERRY SEASON!!
While it’s juuuust around the corner here, the berries in the store are already starting to show massive signs of improvement, and I couldn’t be happier. I have big plans to stock up on berries and freeze enough until next season and make jam and all kinds of other delicious things, like Lauren’s cookies.
I’ve discovered if I write my plans down here I feel somehow more accountable for finishing them, so now I have high hopes the jam will actually happen :) Funny thing is, I don’t even like jam, but I’m sure I can pawn it off on my family and others, and I just want to have the feeling of accomplishment brought by having a counter covered in jars emitting happy popping sealing sounds. And I think even I could get on board with this Strawberry Vanilla Jam!
What I KNOW I can get on board with is this cake. This is, to me, the perfect coffee cake. I don’t drink coffee, but if I did, I’d want this cake with it, every time. It’s rich and moist, studded with fruit, and topped with brown sugar and butter. This recipe comes from my lovely Aunt Nancy, who always impressed us with delicious fresh dinners and desserts whenever we visited her beautiful house on the beach as kids and teens. Whether it was red pepper jelly with cream cheese or grilled brown sugar salmon, she inspired many food loves in my life!
This is one of my go-to cake recipes, and I usually top it with all raspberries, as I first had it at Aunt Nancy’s house, but since I didn’t have enough raspberries this time I had to use some blueberries too, and it was just as delicious. I recommend trying it both ways, with whipped cream and without, with a fork, with a spoon, with apples and cinnamons…any which way, this cake is perfect.
Have a great weekend, friends :)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup buttermilk (plain yogurt or sour cream also works)
- ⅓ cup butter, melted and cooled
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1¼ cups fresh berries or other fruit (raspberries and plums are two of my favorites!)
- Topping: Mix all ingredients together to form fine crumbs. Set aside.
- Cake: In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another bowl beat together egg, buttermilk, butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Spread batter evenly in greased 8” square baking pan. Place raspberries evenly on top. Sprinkle crumb topping over berries.
- Bake at 375º for 35-40 minutes or until well browned. Let cool in pan on rack. Serve sprinkled with icing sugar or with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
This cake looks so crumbly and delicious! I would love a piece with my morning coffee!
I was just this morning thinking about making a cake with the abundance of strawberries currently in my refrigerator. I think I’ll play with a GF conversion for this one tomorrow. Thanks!
amy @ fearless homemaker says
oh yum, this looks fantastic + i love that it uses the great fresh berries that are in season now. delicious!
Love how loaded with fresh berries this is!
LOVE this cake, Anna! Actually I picked up a bunch of berries at the market today…just because they are starting to look good again! Funny, I’m not a big coffee cake person unless it has berries in it! There’s something about adding berries that adds to the moistness….and this cake looks just beautiful! : )
Jen at The Three Little Piglets says
I can’t wait for berry season myself – it’s my favorite food season, hands down! And coffee cake sounds like the perfect way to wake up with that berry goodness.
Oh, YES, this would be perfect with my cup of tea! It looks fabulous!
Kathleen Richardson says
It’s time to go strawberry picking here. Your Summer Berry Cake looks yummy, and I’ll bet it would go with most any fruit.
Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board says
I love berry season and love easy summer desserts like this – it looks fantastic!
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
What a wonderful cake! I am so loving berry season!! This looks fantastic!!
What a sweet little cake! I love recipes that allow for various additions, especially when fruit is involved!
Adding this to my ever-growing list of things to bake. :D