Monday, June 18, 2007

CAKE!!! Cake cake cake cake!

Whoa, this cake is easy. Two bowls, one spatula. I put it together in 10 minutes. Instant gratifiCAKEtion! And so, so good and simple. I found it on the Chowhound boards (if you don't read the Home Cooking board, start.)

6 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
scant 1 cup sugar; of this, put aside 2 tbs
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk (we're out of regular milk, so I used buttermilk and added about 1/2 tsp or so of baking soda to the dry ingredients to compensate)
1 tsp vanilla extract
I added 1 1/2 tsp almond extract as well, to complement the peaches
Fruit: berries (blueberries or raspberries; if using raspberries, frozen ones work better), apricots, plums... (I used peaches that weren't quite acidic enough to eat out of hand, and cut them into slices and layered them in circles like a fruit tart)

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9" cake pan and coat with flour. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream together the butter and all but 2 tblsp of the sugar, using a rubber spatula. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla (and almond extract.)

Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until smooth. Transfer batter to the pan. Cover the surface of the batter with the fruit, pressing the fruit slightly into the batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350, then reduce to 325 and bake for another 50-60 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then unmold and cool completely on a rack.

I'll post pictures when I get off my lazy bottom and download them from the camera.


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