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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Berry Patch Cake - Pink Saturday


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What are little girls made of? Sugar, spice and everything nice, but in different proportions than the cake below. Isn't she dear? The raspberry cake is delicious but no match for this sweet thing.



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's not my habit to make berry cakes in October. This one was the result of my inattention. I had pulled what I thought was a bag of cranberries from the freezer, only to discover my labeling system had failed me and I actually had raspberries that now had to be used. While I had planned to make a flan, I decided to use this cake as a stand-in. It's very old-fashioned and one of the first cakes I learned to make. I love to add blackberries or raspberries to the batter. It's an everyday snack cake meant for family and close friends. It's a bit like a Swedish Visitor's Cake, but it's not as refined and it's much quicker and easier to make. It can be oven ready in 15 minutes. It is best frosted when slightly warm and I prefer to eat the cake the day it is made, as it stales quickly. Here's the recipe.

Berry Patch Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Icing
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk
2 cups raspberries

Directions:
1) Adjust a rack to middle third of oven. Preheat to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper. Set aside.
2) Place butter and sugar in bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and milk. Beat just until combined.
3) Mix flour with baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet mixture with a large spoon, until well blended. Do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Scatter raspberries over top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake and continue cooling on a cake rack.
4) Meanwhile, combine confectioners' sugar with butter and beat until smooth and creamy. Add salt, vanilla and milk, a tablespoon at a time, until frosting can be easily spread.
5) Transfer cake to a serving plate. Frost top with icing while cake is still slightly warm. Some icing will spill over sides. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

This post is being linked to Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

76 comments:

Regina-DailyLiving said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mary.
Love the raspberry cake.
Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

They are both so delicious looking, but you had better eat the second one!

Mary said...

Look at that precious face.

And that cake - marvelous.

Carol said...

Mary,

Love the cake but the little girl is adorable.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Carol

Elena said...

Oh how cute is this sweet little girl! The cakse looks rather delicious mmmmm...

Happy pink saturday Mary.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mary. What a darling little girl with her pink hat and what a fabulous berry patch cake. I always look forward to your post for Pink Saturday. You're so creative with pink and an inspiration to us all.
Have a rosy weekend.
Sam

Martha said...

You always have the best recipes -- perhaps this will be on the table the next time I have company for tea.

lisa said...

That little one is adorable! The cake recipe reminds me of one my grandmother used to make, called Thrifty Cake. It was a favorite of ours.

Lisa

Katy ~ said...

What a precious little doll!

Delightful raspberry cake! I think it's wonderful to have such a recipe in one's repertoire. Perfect for days when one does not have the time or inclination for a more involved recipe but still want something delicious. thank you so much for sharing this little gem.

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Mary,
I'm in complete agreement...whoever the little darling is in the photo, she is precious. I so enjoy your blog and am looking forward to going through all your posts one-of-these-days to add to my arsenal of recipes. With most of my little ones having flown the nest, my desire to cook seems to have left with them. Hoping that by adding some new recipes, perhaps it will ignite the desire to spend more time in the kitchen once again.

Do you freeze your own berries? If so, I'm curious as to how you preserve the raspberries.

Thanks for sharing,
xo
Sue

Hootin' Anni said...

I saw the photo of the sweet girl in pink in my reader, and had to rush over. Cute!!!

And the Berry Patch Cake is quite similar to the one I make, only I add lemon pudding. Mine's yummy, and I bet this berry cake is too!!!

Have a terrific Saturday Mary.

Liz said...

I'm just taking my raspberries out of the freezer as we speak after seeing your recipe. The cake looks devine.

Have a Happy Pink Saturday :)

Linda said...

Oh Mary....I love raspberries and this sounds so good!
Happy Pink Saturday!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

seems a berry cake would be perfect anytime of year .... yummy ... so gorgeous looking AND that is one precious little, a perfect combo to your luscious cake!
~*Happy Pink Saturday*~

girlichef said...

Looks delish...and that little girl is so sweet...what a perfect picture to find for Pink Saturday! :D

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

omg that is the cutest hat EVER! The cakes too scrumptious too. Berries are crazy expensive here right now, but I think a pice of that would brighten my entire day.

My Little Space said...

OMG, the litle girl is soooo adorable! And the cake looks as gorgeous as her...beautiful!

jeanne said...

Mary, thank you for your many visits while I have had so little time to visit back. I have made this recipe with blueberries. Yum. The photo is adorable.

Have a yummy day.

Hugs, Jeanne

Lynda said...

I love berries in cake- so delicious! And the little girl is precious!

Connie said...

I agree, sugar (how appropriate!), about that sweet thing! I'd take a bite outta those cheeks in lieu of the raspberry cake in a heart beat, chickee.

Thank you for visiting today and leaving a comment. I've never been here (I don't think) and it's refreshing to visit someone who loves to cook. As I'm in my 7th decade of life, eating out just rings my bell now if I could get Love Bunny to eat out more than 2 nights a week. *Sigh*.... Nice meeting you, sweetpea....

xoxo,
Connie

someplace in thyme said...

Oh my gosh, she is adorable. I love love love the hat. Your raspberry cake looks so good, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

bj said...

Oh, my....this is the sweetest little girl in the sweetest hat. She is an absolute doll and I KNOW how much you love her...I've had lots of experience at loving little granddaughters!! :)

This cake....o, my goodness...reminds me so much of one my mother used to make...and I had forgotten about. Thanks so much for the recipe...and the memory.

Have such a wonderful weekend, friend Mary.
xo bj

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Hi Mary, that little sweetie is a perfect Pink Saturday pic. She is darling! Your cake looks amazing. Yum! Thanks for visiting us too. I checked out the loading of our story and it seemed to work quite quilkly from my end. Who knows? Have a great week.

claudie said...

Mary the berry cake has a perfect heart in the middle. You did that on purpose didn't you LOL
Happy PS
Love Claudie
xoxo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh my goodness...how adorable is she!!

Angela said...

Your cake looks yummy! Sorry you got out the wrong bag!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Angela

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary, what a PRECIOUS little one in her fancy hat! And that cake looks delicious. You always have such wonderful things to share. I enjoy visiting you. :-)

Here's wishing you a very Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

What a delightful "pink" cake. We made Fannie Farmer's recipe for old fashioned mac and cheese last night. After trying every "designer" recipe from the Food Network and more, nothing tasted more comforting than that one. We have decided it is a keeper for awhile.

Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday!

dottydotty said...

that cak just looks so delicious and the little girl what a cute hat happy pink saturday

Riet said...

They are both looking just fine. The baby is a doll.
Happy pink Saturday

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

What delectable pink confections! Thank you for visiting The T-Cozy today. Have a lovely Pink Saturday.

CC said...

Such a gorgeous baby girl in her sweet pink cap..and what a sweet cake. It looks delicious as does everything you make. Happy Pinks and have a wonderful weekend.

Sares said...

That baby girl looks good enough to eat! Or at least kiss those cheeks like crazy! Your cake looks delicious. Happy Pink Saturday!

A Year on the Grill said...

it looks like a little heart in the center...

Or oddly enough, a uvula (that little flappy thing in the back of your throat

Sonia said...

What an adorable baby girl and the hat is precious! Love your recipe-going to have to get busy cooking this weekend! Have a great day! Miss Bloomers

Helene said...

Oh my, so cute!

Angelika said...

Looks delicious and relatively easy to make. I must try this recipe at some point.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Jennicillin said...

Ooooo that looks so good! Definitely a recipe to try!

Martha said...

Beautiful and mouth watering. Thanks so much for being so generous w/your incredible recipes.

Collected Treasures said...

Looks wonderful.....don't know how my design will work against the sun....fortunately I face North and not East or West......thank you for stopping by....I guess we will see....:) xojana

Susan said...

No doubt about it friend, you have some of the greatest recipes. Will love trying this.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Thank you so much for stopping by. You made me laugh-- those cute fairies are such a delight!

Your cake -- OOOH dear, this could cause my behind some trouble.

Wish I was a 1/10th the cook you are. My microwave is my best friend these days.

Thanks again for stopping!
Claudia

The Chef In My Head said...

Precious sweet angel! She's so pretty. The raspberry cake looks fantastic too and simple to make. I have so many frozen fruits in the freezer. I'm headed there now to dig through and pick one for this cake. My husband will thank you later!

mizmollye said...

Oh Mary what a wonderful post. I can absolutely almost taste the cake and I am printing out the recipe for another cold day. And the babe in Pink, what a beauty! Thanks for sharing both with us. Hugs, Mollye

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

What a cutie! And the cake...it's a great recipe and looks like one would have all the ingredients on hand. I'm wondering if gluten free all purpose flour would work. I'll have to give it a go. Thanks for visiting today and for sharing your special Pink Cooking Talent...Sue

Sarah said...

What a precious picture of your adorable child. I agree the cake looks delicious but is no match for that little girl. Love the hat! Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my that cake looks yummy but I agree with you- nothing can top a sweet little girl picture!

My DH and I have a Chat and Coffee time every Tuesday for part of our ministry and I make a homemade goodies each week. So glad to see your sight and all the yummy looking recipes!! Will have to try some of them including the berry cake!

blessings
mary

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for lovely comments on my blog.Happy Pink Saturday!

Dreamgirl said...

I would love to try this one. I love rasberries! And you cannot go wrong with a cake... *sigh*

Thanks for always leaving such sweet comments over at my place!

Have a wonderful pink Saturday!

George Gaston said...

Mary... It looks like a "star" is born and I'm not just talking cake!

Berry cake all around ~ have a great weekend.

LV said...

As always, had to stop by to see what we wee having to eat today. I would love that cake, as I love raspberry flavor in most anything. However, the darling little girl stole the show. Happy you visited and left a always welcomed comment.

Atelier de Charo said...

She is so cute. An always yours recipes are yummy!!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Maria Berg said...

But my owen only goes to 300 but THEN ooo it is USA it is F not C!!,

/MB

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Mary. She is an adorable bundle of pink.

Raspberries and cake. Yum! Many years ago, my mother had a neighbor that baked every day. When I was pregnant, she brought yummies over all of the time. I don't have any idea where she is now, but I think of her every time I prepare one of her recipes.

Bunny said...

That cake looks delicious but that baby is too adorable made my heart smile. Happy Pink Saturday Yours always make me hungry. LOL>

Iphigenia said...

i love the cheeks on that sweet baby girl and the cake looks so delicious.....happy PS... : )

Vintage To Chic said...

looks delicious, hope you have a wonderful pink week,
Judy

darnold23 said...

Happy Pink Saturday. Another delicious dish that I must try. I'm very interested in making the Vietnamese fish dish as well. I was so hoping that the little pink girl belonged to you...she's a cutie. Have a great week. Come visit Crock Pot Wednesday when you can.

Claudia said...

Raspberries in a cake. Happiness! Sunshine! Tasting summer again. Easy recipe - priceless! Looks simply grand!

Suzie Button said...

Mary, oh, your cake is lovely! I'd LOVE to make it, and eat it all, but boohoo, I'm on weight watchers and the butter will ruin my diet! Oh, so sad! Happy Pink Saturday to you though! Suzie

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

What a darling little girl! And the cake looks SO GOOD!!! I'm hungry!!!

Thank you for visiting me today!!

Hugs,
Marsha

Vicki said...

Hello, Mary,
Isn't that little girl with her pink fru-fru hat so adorable? Your raspberry cake sounds delicious!! Blessings to you and thank you so much for stopping by Bunny Cottage for a visit!! Vicki

Suzanne said...

I think it was a delicious mistake that you pulled the raspberries. Another keeper from One Perfect Bite:-)

♥Mimi♥ said...

Lovely Pink Saturday post and sweet blog, too. Woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground so even thought this isn't Saturday I really needed a boost! Today you made me smile...

Sorry, I didn't get to see everyone yesterday. I had important business. My 11 year-old grandson was playing football and he wanted Mimi to go to the out-of-town-last-of-the-season-game. THEY WON AGAINST AN UNDEFEATED TEAM! WOO-HOO! 35 - 17☺

Hope the coming week blesses you with sunshine, happiness and good friends.

KBeau said...

Looks delicious, and those raspberries definitely add a wonderful splotch of color.

Ruth said...

Delicious post, as always!

GWENDOLYN said...

That little girl in the pink hat is darling! Everything you make looks and sounds delish!
Happy Pinkness!
Gwen

MiniMadWoman said...

Mary, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comments!

That little girl in the flower cap is delightful! What a great way to start your Pink Saturday post!

The cake looks delicious . . . another wonderful recipe to try from your kitchen!

Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!

Blessings,
Teresa

Charlene said...

That baby is the cutest thing!!!! And the hat just topped it off!

Sorry I didn't make it over on Saturday. I had company all weekend so I am having Pink Sunday. Your berry cake looks yummy. As I told you in a comment a few days ago...your crumb receipe made me a fan of yours for life! Thanks for sharing.

Debinhawaii said...

Such a pretty pink cake!

Michelle said...

This look delicious. This is one I will definitely try. It reminds me of something my mother would have made and served to friends and famiy who always dropped by for coffee, the days when things were slower and people just dropped by your house, my childhood home was different my parents had a greenhouse business at home so people family and friends always knew they were their and dropped by, we lived out in the country, how I miss those slower times. That's what this cake reminded me of the minute I read your description, brought back fond memmories, thank you Mary.

Hillary said...

I would love a bite of that cake - particularly the bite with the berries :) Yum!

Olga said...

that little girl is adorable! love how you can say the fruit in the cake.

Jacaranda Artesanias said...

Delicious...!!!!

boliyou said...

The cake looks yummy, and the baby is precious!

Yukari - The Kitchen Fairy said...

This looks so yummy!!! The little girl is adorable!

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