Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fresh Blackberry Cake with Butter Cream Frosting


Summer is winding down in Oregon, and most of our harvest is over. We just have aronia berries left. This summer went so fast, but the weather was also so weird and caused all of our crops to be much later than expected. The only crop that was "on time" was our raspberries. This past week we wrapped up harvesting on our blackberries, and with the few last fresh ones we made this delicious cake to celebrate a harvest well done.

We used a white sponge as a base for our cake, with layers of buttercream and fresh blackberries bursting with sweetness in the middle of the cake.

Ingredients: 

For the Cake

  • 1 C Salted Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 2 TSP Almond Extract 
  • 3 1/2 C Flour
  • 4 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 6 Large Eggs,  Room Temp
  • 1 1/2 C Milk, Room Temp
For the Frosting

  • 1 1/2 C Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 6  C Powdered Sugar
  • 6 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Extract for Flavor (optional) 
We used about 2 cups of fresh Blackberries, our cake is 9 inches in dimeter. You can use more or less depending on your cake size and shape. 

Directions: 



    1. Grease three 9-inch pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in almond extract.
    3. Use a fork to combine the eggs and milk together in a bowl or 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
    4. In another mixing bowl stir together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
    5. Add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix in until just combined. Add in half of the milk mixture and combine. Add in another ⅓ of the dry ingredients until combined followed by the remainder of the milk mixture. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until just combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is mixed in.
    6. Divide the batter among the three prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting. 
    7. To make the frosting: Use mixer (hand or stand) to whip softened butter and vanilla extract together. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Thin out with milk if it gets too thick.

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