Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fresh Raspberry Cake

The highly paid staff in the stainless steel kitchens of Nicole Partons Favorite Recipes has been hard at work, this week. Our panel of Anonymous Taste Testers, Ron, and I can barely squeeze into our pants - erk! - what I meant was, can barely squeeze in the demands for more and more recipes! 

This deliciously simple Fresh Raspberry Cake whips up in a flash! You may remember that I posted a Raspberry Cream-Filled Génoise yesterday. Your only problem will be trying to decide which cake you like best.
Fresh Raspberry Cake:
½ c. butter or margarine
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 c. all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. milk
1 c. fresh raspberries
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. Have all ingredients at room temperature. Cream butter and sugar until no graininess remains. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition and mixing until light and fluffy. Beginning and ending with dry ingredients, add alternately with milk. Gently fold in raspberries. Spoon batter into lightly greased 9-inch square cake pan snugly lined with parchment paper. If some parts of cake pan appear to have no berries, poke in a few, covering with batter. Bake 40-to-50 min. or until cake tests done. Cool 10 min. in pan before loosening edges and turning out onto wire rack. Carefully peel off parchment. When cake is completely cool, dust with sifted icing sugar and serve with softly whipped, lightly sweetened cream. This cake slices into 24 dainty pieces.

Our Anonymous Taste-Testing Panel: Let them eat cake

Ron aka "The Hulk" - um, "Hunk"

Wha-??? I NEVER wear curlers! NEVER!

Have eggs warmed to room temperature

Combine softened butter with sugar

Add more sugar, a little at a time

Measure out 1 c. fresh raspberries

Add raspberries to batter

Grease pan, lining with parchment cut to fit

Pour batter into prepared pan
Sift cake with icing (confectioners' or powdered) sugar

Slice and serve. I cut 24 dainty pieces from a 9x9-in. pan

Small summer blossoms add flair to any serving plate

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