My children are curious ones, often on tip-toe or climbing up onto kitchen stools, trying to figure out what I’m always doing in the kitchen. Sometimes they jump in and help: throwing on their little aprons and grabbing spatulas and whisks, and other times they are content with just peeking into bowls and moving on. I find their interest in that space constantly ebbs and flows, and the days I’m in a hurry and don’t need help are the days they seem to want to offer it, and the occasions I’m dying to bake with them and teach them new things, well, those are the days they’d rather be doing anything else. Every once in awhile we land on the same page. My daughter is more eager than my son; he wants to sneak cookie dough, she wants to shape and bake cookies. I’ve watched her come a long way in the kitchen, and enjoy the moments when we make something together.

I’ve discovered that while she’s come a long way, I, however, still  have some needed areas of growth. Basically, I can be a control freak. I find myself hovering and managing. I want to pre-measure the ingredients, and find the right bowl. I don’t fully trust her to dip and sweep or mix things fully. She is well aware of my tight grip while sweetly encouraging me to step back and let her try. She is sure of her abilities, and isn’t worried when she’s lacking. This is the hardest part of parenting for me: watching your child get to a place you’ve been training them for, and then having to let go, trusting they can do whatever it is you’ve been preparing them to do. I’ve spent so much time nurturing and caring and equipping, that when my child is finally ready, I want to keep tagging along to micromanage any mishaps, not fully confident in her abilities.

I’m slowly making progress.

We did have a lot of fun together, making this cake. My kids could have gobbled up the crème fraîche layers plain (I could have as well), but the berries and white chocolate buttercream take this to the next level.

Le Creuset kindly sent us this 5 piece utensil set (with crock) from their Craft Series to use on our cake experiements (or #cakexperiments, as I like to call them on Instagram), and so far I’m impressed. The spatulas are ‘made for scraping the bowl clean’, and they do an incredible job. Their smooth surface is great for scraping batter from the surface in just two strokes, and the ergonomic handle keeps hand secure when scraping or spreading. And yes, this spatula can also spread, which is a dream come true. And guess what! One lucky reader can win this utensil set! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below (along with an email). This contest is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced June 20th, 2017. (For an extra entry,  follow Le Creuset on Instagram.)

Crème Fraîche Cake with Roasted Berries and White Chocolate Buttercream

This cake is similar to the Blackberry White Chocolate Cake found in my cookbook, but I’ve replaced the sour cream with crème fraîche,
and it is currently my favorite way to make it. I used Vermont Creamery crème fraîche. You may have a little bit of roasted fruit left over, but this would taste delicious spooned over ice cream or yogurt. Don’t put the extra fruit in-between the layers; the cake is too tender for all of that fruit, and it will slide around.

crème fraîche cake
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup crème fraîche
5 large egg whites
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (use clear vanilla extract for a slightly whiter cake)
2 1/4 cup (320g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup (297g) granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces

roasted fruit
8 ounces (227g) strawberries, hulled and quartered
3 ounces (85g) blackberries
3 ounces (85g) raspberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Pinch salt
1 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold
1 teaspoon gelatin
1 tablespoon water

white chocolate buttercream
8oz (226g) good white chocolate, chopped
3/4 pound (3 sticks; 339g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp light corn syrup
¼ tsp salt
2 cups (226g) confectioners’ sugar

For the cake
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour three 8in x 2-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the milk, crème fraîche, egg whites, and vanilla.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined. With the mixer running on low, add the butter one piece at a time, beating until the mixture resembles coarse sand. With the mixer still running on low, slowly add half the wet ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the ingredients are incorporated (about 30 seconds). With the mixer running on low, add the rest of the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and use a spatula to mix the batter a few more times. Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops. Tap the pans gently on the counter two times each to help get rid of any bubbles.

Bake for 17-22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cakes are golden-brown and pull slightly away from the sides and a wooden skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a faint bit of crumb. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto the rack, remove the parchment paper, and allow to cool.

For the roasted fruit
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400F. Place all the fruit in a roasting pan (a glass pan will work, too). Toss with the sugar, salt, and lemon juice.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the fruit is soft and has released a lot of liquid, stirring occasionally (you want the strawberries soft enough to smash with a wooden spoon).

Take the pan out of the oven and gently smash the fruit (especially the strawberries) into bite-sized pieces. Add the butter and stir until melted and combined.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. When ready, add to the warm fruit and stir until combined. Cover the fruit and let cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the white chocolate buttercream
Put about 1-inch of water in a medium saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil.

Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over the pan of boiling water, being careful not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir constantly until just melted and set aside to cool slightly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until light yellow and fluffy (about three minutes). Add the vanilla, corn syrup and salt, and mix on medium until combined. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the sugar. Beat on medium until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary (2-3 minutes). Add the white chocolate and beat on low until combined.

To assemble
Place one cake layer on a turntable or serving plate. With an offset spatula, spread the top with a third of the buttercream. Top with 1/3 cup of the roasted, cooled fruit and spread it evenly over the surface. Place the second cake layer on top and frost with a third of buttercream and another 1/3 cup of fruit. Place the final layer on top and evenly coat the cake with the remaining buttercream. Decorate as desired.


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175 Responses to crème fraîche cake with roasted berries and white chocolate buttercream + a le creuset giveaway

  1. Adele Klingberg says:

    This cake looks wonderful and can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you

  2. fatimah says:

    beautiful! i’ve never used creme fraiche before, now i am eager to! a goal of mine is to get the kids more involved in the kitchen since they are a bit older. they seem to enjoy baking and the times that do, the looks on their faces are priceless xx


  3. Jenel Farrell says:

    Here I am entering to win the Le Creuset 5 piece utensil set. Also, that Creme Fraiche cake looks incredible!

  4. Roasted fruit?! Wow! Can’t wait to try it. Also, I’ve been using crème fraîche more and appreciate the cake recipe. Not to mention the white chocolate buttercream. 🙂

  5. Maggie Nistler says:

    This is such a beautiful cake! That buttercream looks absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Martina says:

    That looks so delicious!

  7. Brenna says:

    Oh, YUM! This looks amazing! And your photography is so lovely…

  8. Megan says:

    Love your blog! And your recipes!

  9. Sarah N. says:

    OOH, your cake is gorgeous! I bet the creme fraiche makes the cake very tender and light. I love the flavor combo here 🙂

  10. danielle says:

    oh what i wouldn’t give for a slice of this cake right now! and i’m in love with the all white color scheme you got going on, so lovely. i wanna be cool like you too! 😉

  11. Sarah N. says:

    I am following Le Creuset on Instagram (@tosticake).

  12. Nancy says:

    I love that your daughter is so confident in her abilities. That achievement is even more lovely than the beautiful cake!

  13. Huong says:

    As the fridge is broken, this is a great way to use berries before they go bad. I’ll be making this cake, creme fraiche and all! I love all you do, Sarah!

  14. maria says:

    yum, i’m adding this to my summer baking bucket list. 🙂

  15. Flávia says:

    I think I found a recipe to try this weekend! It looks gorgeous!

  16. Aisha Hashmi says:

    Gorgeous cake, must try. I am entering the le cresuet competition too !!! Always dreamed of owning one of their products.

  17. Katie Engelbert says:

    Wow. Now I need to make this. Anxious to try roasting fruit! Now that we have moved to WI, I have my mom to bake with me! I can’t wait to try this With my mom!!
    If I win the set, send me a sample and f that cake too! Lol! Kidding, not kidding.

  18. Daniella says:

    Thanks for always sharing your wonderful desserts ??

  19. well this is just summer on a stick ~ what a beautiful cake and hurray for anything Le Creuset!

  20. Georgia S says:

    This looks stunning! Cannot wait to try it!

  21. Liz says:

    This cake looks so beautiful. I love Le Creuset anyething so I’m sure these utensils are amazing!

  22. Tyra says:

    This cake is gorgeous and sounds delicious! Would love to win the Le Creuset set … the utensils are beautiful in white. They’d match perfectly in my kitchen and would be put to good use!

  23. Janan says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I can imagine the creme fraiche offers a tender crumb, and sounds divine with roasted fruit. Drooling just thinking about it!

  24. Margot says:

    My daughter doesn’t like chocolate, but I bet I could convince her to like white chocolate with this cake! I want to share my love of baking with my daughter, but am a bit fastidious in the kitchen, so it can definitely be challenging for us to work together.

  25. I don’t think those cake layers would have lasted long enough to get them filled and frost but what an absolutely gorgeous cake

  26. Casey H says:

    That looks delicious! And I love Le Creuset.

  27. Casey H says:

    Followed on Instagram!

  28. Sally says:

    This looks amazing – I *love* your book –

  29. Heidi says:

    I was going to bake a pie this week but now I need to make this!

  30. Athena says:

    I want that cake. It looks heavenly.

  31. Melody Oaks says:

    Love your musings on parenting and letting go, Sarah! Also, that cake looks damn delicious.

  32. Leslie says:

    This cake looks awesome

  33. Sarah Moody says:

    This is so GORGEOUS!!! I can’t wait to make it!

  34. Barbara Bullemer says:

    These look like well made tools ?

  35. Allison says:

    This looks so delish!! OMG

  36. Sarah Hadley says:

    I’ve never tried roasting fruit, but this gorgeous cake makes me want to try! Also, I totally get that “baking with kids” conundrum. 🙂

  37. Ky says:

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try making it. Following on Instagram both accounts

  38. Lori says:

    Beautiful cake. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  39. Melanie says:

    Looks delicious! I just finished reading your cookbook and don’t know what to make first…

  40. Hillary says:

    Loving this cake (and everything you make, Sarah!). Cannot wait to try this!

  41. Kimberley says:

    I love this story, Sarah. And this cake is ridic.

  42. Kristin says:

    How wonderful! Great inspiration for my Friday cake making!

  43. Liz amos says:

    This is beautiful! Can’t wait to make it!!!

  44. Daniela says:

    I love using crème fraîche in desserts, so I’ll definitely give this one a try!

  45. Heidi says:

    Just made roasted berry scones the other day, they were delightful.

  46. Kelly says:

    This cake looks delicious!

  47. Victoria says:

    Looks amazing!

  48. Allie says:

    Your photography is simply stunning xx

  49. molly says:

    i love the roasted fruit idea! would like to try it as a shortcake.

  50. Sj Dc says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  51. Sonia says:

    This cakexpirement looks like a home run to me looks delicious

  52. Sis says:

    Your post hit close to home with me – my youngest just left on a 6 month mission trip to Mexico, and the other 2 are living full lives farther away from me than I’d like. But they are doing just what you said, and so am I – having to let them go and do what we’ve taught them, and trust in their sure abilities. It’s all good!

    That spatula set is very tempting, as is that cake!

  53. Joanna says:

    This cake looks so good! Haven’t started baking with my son yet (he’s 2), but maybe soon.

  54. Nadia Murray says:

    This cake looks lovely and I would love to make it using the white Le Creuset tools!

  55. Jessica N. says:

    This creme fraiche cake looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it out (hopefully, fingers crossed) with a Le Creuset set of my own <3

  56. Meghan says:

    that looks delicious!

  57. Katherine says:

    This looks delicious, and perfect for a summer party!

  58. Love the idea of roasted fruit, and of course the utensils!
    Thank you

  59. NNRoss says:

    Looks delicious! Just may need to make this for my mom’s 80th birthday celebration

  60. Keertida says:

    The cake looks so pretty!
    So does the Le Creuset set!

  61. Ashley LaRue says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  62. Heather Ratcliff says:

    Can’t wait to make this gorgeous cake!! LOVE!!

  63. Jenny says:

    This looks so delicious, I’m almost drooling. I can’t wait to try to make it!

  64. Lauren says:

    This cake would be perfect for my boyfriend’s birthday that’s coming up. Looks delicious!

  65. Lori says:

    I love the roses on top!

    (Also now following Le Creuset on Instagram!)


  66. Martha Borden says:

    I never thought to roast fruit…sounds delicious. This cake is on my summer baking list!

  67. Samantha K says:

    That cake looks beautiful! I love all the photos. Also, thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  68. Brina says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a crème fraiche cake! This looks beautiful! (On instagram as @brinablay!)

  69. Jeffrey says:

    Your cake looks amazing, I normally reach for chocolate cake but this is a heck of a display!

  70. Jeffrey says:

    I follow Le Creuset on Instagram with the handle @firerunner2379.

  71. Lynn says:

    Love the style of this cake for Mother’s Day or another similar occasion!

  72. Liz says:

    Those roasted berries – yum!!

  73. Ladye Ann says:

    Looks delicious!

  74. Veronica E says:

    This looks like the cake my friend made for my last bday.

  75. Toni says:

    What a pretty cake!

  76. Brittany says:

    I have made three of your recipes from the cookbook this past weekend. Always with the intent of taking it in to my coworkers, as my husband and I shouldn’t be eating three desserts in a weekend, but we end up eating it all anyways. I am loving everything I have made!

  77. Steph says:

    Wow this looks amazing! I would probably be the same way if I had a daughter, hah!

    Will need to add this recipe to my “make it” list 😉

  78. Mimi Chau says:

    Isn’t it so great that it summer so we can have all the fresh berries to bake with? Our tree just started pouring (literally) plums this week. I’m excited to bake with them!

  79. Caitlin says:

    Thus looks delicious! Can’t wait to try making it.

  80. Leah says:

    Le Creuset is my favorite!

    And those roses are gorgeous. I live near a rose farm so I’ve been trying to decorate my food with roses whenever I can 🙂

  81. Gloria says:

    I love your blog and receipes and your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

  82. Gladys says:

    That cake looks delicious!! Love the idea of using the roses on top.

    (I am following lecreuset on IG.)

  83. Hannah says:

    This looks so yummy- I’ve never had white chocolate buttercream before!

  84. Monica L says:

    I love cakes that look not only delicious but also beautiful. My husband always says we start eating with our eyes! ??

  85. Gracie Cansler says:


    Instagram (graciecansler)

  86. manda says:

    Love the recipe

  87. Jillian Too says:

    What a gorgeous cake and set!

  88. Steph says:

    You always have the most beautiful pictures

  89. Ashley C says:

    This cake looks gorgeous!


  90. Lauren says:

    Would love to use these utensils for chocolate making!!

  91. Angela Martinez says:

    This cake is stunning!

  92. creme fraiche literally makes everything better!

  93. karen bearss says:

    Oh my, reminds me of when my daughter was young. Hard to let them grow. It is great when they are 30 and you see you in them doing the things you taught them. You just stop and smile

  94. Stephenie says:

    I am making this cake today. it looks amazing. Would love to have le creuset spatulas in my kitchen.

  95. Michaela Jergensen says:

    I am really intrigued by creme fraiche in a cake! Can’t wait to try it!
    Also, I followed on instagram.

  96. Aaron says:

    Must. Make. Yum!

  97. Amy says:

    That cake looks decadent! It’s wonderful getting to see the process photos along the way to the final product!

  98. Oh my goodness this looks so good AND just gorgeous!!!! – CK

  99. bella says:

    Gorgeous cake and awesome giveaway!

  100. Sylvia says:

    Putting roasted fruit in between cake layers is simply brilliant!

  101. Stephanie Urban says:

    I love this! I will have to try this one! Hopefully with some le creuset goodies to help ?

  102. Mallory says:

    This cake sounds and looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  103. An Amazingly Beautiful Cake!

  104. Maariya says:

    That cake looks so good! And yay for giveaways 🙂

  105. Nicole Huckins says:

    This cake looks divine! I am absolutely making it for my birthday next month. Following you and le creuset on IG @coletteruby!

  106. Your desserts look so amazing. Your photo are so beautiful.

  107. Amy S says:

    I’ve never thought of roasted fruit before! This is a beautiful thing! Thank you for the recipe!

  108. Kelsey says:

    This is gorgeous and sounds delicious!

  109. Morgan Willis Hudgins says:

    Cake looks delicious! I plan on making one if I win the giveaway!

  110. Dawn Schmitt says:

    I think I may make this tonight!!

  111. Victoria White says:

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try that!

  112. Julie S. says:

    I wish I can bake this good! This cake looks very delicious!

  113. this is so beautiful; i love the idea of a creme fraiche cake. xo

  114. Erin khod says:

    Looks yummy, will have to try this recipe soon !!

  115. This cake its so so cute. The flowers are also such a sweet little touch!! Yahooooo for Le creuset, gotta love it!

  116. Annie Payseur says:

    That cake looks delicious! Love your notes on parenting, too.
    As for the tools/crock, mine could definitely use an upgrade. : )

  117. Marji Schoeneman says:

    I have some creme fraiche I made a few days ago and don’t want it to go to waste, so when I saw Creme Fraiche Cake, I was inspired. I have some homemade jam I think I will use in lieu of the roasted fruit although that does sound wonderful. Thank you, and hats off to Le Creuset as well, I love their products, very high quality.

  118. Rust says:

    Your cake is beautiful! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat! Love those utensils.

  119. Rust says:

    Follow LeCreuset on instagram @rusthawk1.

  120. Carrie Luiten says:

    I never seem to have enough spatulas around during my baking and I’ve so been eyeing the Le Creuset crock. Love the “vanilla” color ?

  121. Amalia Pagura says:

    Looks beautiful and delicious!

  122. Kiri says:

    That looks delicious! Le creuset seems to make everything in the kitchen better!

  123. Heather says:

    This is the prettiest thing I’ve seen all week. It might even sway us to like white chocolate finally! Cheers.

  124. Dana Lempesis says:

    Good tools are the best! ?? the roasted fruit!

  125. Maria C says:

    This looks gorgeous ?

  126. Ilene Devora says:

    Gorgeous Cake, never had roasted fruit on a delicate cake, I’m definately going to have to try this.

  127. Sheryce says:

    Beautiful blog and fabulous Le Creuset products! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  128. Amy says:

    Beautiful cake and photography. Have fun with those little ones in the kitchen!

  129. Beatriz navarro says:

    I love this cake it’s was amazing and a hit At my dinner party

  130. Sonia says:

    Oh my goodness, is that one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen!

  131. Carol says:

    This looks so delicious. All of my favorites assembled beautifully in a delicate, delectable dessert.

  132. princess jubilo says:

    Omg looks divine! And for sure it tastes amazing! Would love to try baking. Le Creuset tools should help since I don’t have much baking supplies as a newbie baker.

  133. Tina W says:

    That cake has me drooling! I’ll be trying it for Fathers Day, but minus the raspberries since both Pops and I are allergic.

  134. Tina W says:

    I also follow Le Creuset on instagram (tinawoo21)

  135. Al says:

    Love the look of this cake!

  136. Mary says:

    Yum! Excited to try out their utensils.

  137. Christiana Ficken says:

    So beautiful! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  138. kelli winter says:

    Isn’t it great finding tools that actually work well?

  139. That’s one hell of a gorgeous cake! xoxo

  140. Joan says:

    Love your blog, your stories and the beautiful and inspirational baking and learning about new kitchen tools.

  141. Lexie says:

    Looks fabulous!

  142. Brenda Haines says:

    I am a berry addict! This cake looks so freaking good right now!! I must make it soon 🙂

  143. Carolsue says:

    I wish I could bake cakes that looked that nice! I’d love to win!

  144. Carolsue says:

    I follow LeCreuset on Instagram as @Cezovski9 for an extra entry

  145. Amy L says:

    Your cake looks beautiful and yummy!

  146. Amy L says:

    I follow Le Creuset on Instagram

  147. Sarah says:

    I’ve been just consumed with the cookbook that I’ve stepped back from the blog. Catching up now and wanting to make all of the things!

  148. Monica M says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  149. Kristi says:

    Looks like a great recipe. And this is me entering:

  150. Rhia says:

    This looks delicious!

  151. Jennifer Schmidt says:

    It all looks beautiful.

  152. Lisa Lyerly says:

    My god that sounds good! I wish I could get one from you. I don’t think mine would turn out. Guess I’ll stick to more basic things. ?

  153. Eun says:

    Love the recipe and le creuset.

  154. Mark N says:

    This recipe looks lovely! Love your recipes, your book (have made many recipes out of it), your blog… you’re fantastic! Thank you for continuing to inspire bakers everywhere!

  155. Beverly McCoy says:

    I’m a new reader! Beautiful blog. Please enter me to win. Thanks

  156. Whitney says:

    Am I too late? Cake looks amazing!

  157. Sheri says:

    Beautiful pics and this looks delicious!! Followed Le Creuset on Instagram.

  158. A beautiful post to read, Sarah. This cake is stunning. <3

  159. Maria says:

    I hate it when spatulas aren’t truly made for scraping!!! Its always such an exciting score when you find one that does a good job of this!!

    The flavors in this cake sound completely amazing. I LOVE creme fraiche and every buttercream of yours that I have made are the perfect balance of silky smooth creaminess without being cloyingly sweet. YUM!

  160. Sarah says:

    Le Crueset is my FAV! And I can’t wait to try this cake recipe. What a great idea to use creme fraiche!

  161. Debra says:

    I love everything about this cake – creme fraiche, roasted berries and white chocolate – perfection! I will be making this for our 4th of July dessert… Thank you!

  162. Jessi says:

    Wow, that cake looks amazing!!!! I have to try making it this weekend. Thanks for sharing:)

  163. Jennifer says:

    Love your cookbook, this cake is gorgeous and I need to make it immediately… and hopefully again in 2 weeks with le crueset set!

  164. Lacey Stanage says:

    Can’t get enough of strawberries these days so this looks wonderful 🙂

  165. This cake looks so good. I adore anything with berries and creme fraiche!

  166. Ellen Munsterman says:

    Looks so delicious! Great job!

  167. Roshni says:

    I love the combination of berries and white chocolate!

  168. Merissa says:

    Do you think this cake would pair well with a lemon curd filling and rosewater buttercream, or would it most likely be too tart? Thanks!

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