Saturday, April 14, 2012

Raspberry Upside Down Cake

Raspberry upside down cake.  With homemade whipped cream.
To die.
My Grandpa's 70th Birthday was over the weekend and I decided to make this yummy delight.  
It was better than I even anticipated, I could have easily housed half the cake myself.  
But I didn't.

You Need:
(recipe adapted from Thibeaults Table)
1/2 c butter, melted
1 c brown sugar
2 c raspberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 c butter
1  1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 c flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c milk

I hate recipes with a zillion ingredients - this list kinda made me sad that's is so long.  But baking is a different beast than cooking, and this cake is WORTH EVERY INGREDIENT.  So just make it and quit complaining about all the ingredients.
Melt 1/4 butter and add 1/2 brown sugar and mix it together.  Put this mixture in a round cake pan and spread it out evenly.  Add 1 c raspberries and drizzle with 1 tbsp lemon juice.  Now do this again in another round cake pan so you have two identical cakes.  Then lick the spoon you were using and realize how amazing brown sugar and butter is.  

Cream together 1 c butter and 1 1/2 c sugar, add eggs one at a time beating after each addition.  Add your vanilla and mix until it's creamy and smooth.  In another bowl combine your dry ingredients and mix.  Add half of your flour mixture, half of your milk, then repeat again mixing completely after each addition.
fresh out of the oven and honestly it would probably be amazing just like this - but why stop there?
Pour your cake batter in your cake pans evenly and bake your cakes at 350 for 45-50 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Around the 30 minute mark your house will smell so unbelievably amazing.  It's at this point that you'll forget about all those ingredients and all that mixing.  Once your cakes are done let them cool for 10 minutes then turn them out onto a plate, stacking one on top of the other.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve.  

Alternate ending - dollop with fresh, homemade whipped cream and really wow your crowd!
You Need:
1 pint heaving whipping cream
2-4 tbsp confectioners sugar(depending on how sweet you want it)
2 tsp vanilla

Whip, whip, whip, whip some more until stiff peaks form.  

This is Sunday's post, you're getting it early because I am running in a 10k tomorrow at 7am and then will be busy busy busy all day long.  Happy Sunday(a day early!)

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