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Summer Berry Cake

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Summer Berry Cake

I find the older I get, the more a simple, “everyday” cake does the trick. Something about a snack cake, a little lighter, a little smaller, and perfect for any time of day. Please don’t get me wrong, I love buttercream, but a plain (or almost plain) yellow cake is just as delicious to me.

This is my favorite yellow cake recipe cut in half, tossed with raspberries, and dusted with powdered sugar. It’s perfect for the summer months when berries are in season, and something light (or, at least, something without piles of frosting) seems most rewarding.

You can use strawberries or blackberries if you don’t have raspberries!

Summer Berry Cake
Summer Berry Cake

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Summer Berry Cake on white parchment paper, two slices cut out

Simple Summer Berry Cake

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 47 minutes
This is my favorite yellow cake recipe, halved to make in more of a snack cake, and tossed with raspberries. It’s perfect for the summer months when berries are in season.
Sarah Kieffer
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  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons [166 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup [200 g] granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling (see note)
  • 1/4 cup [25 g] almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons [85 g] unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large yolk at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup [80 g] buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup [80 g] sour cream at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 oz [170 g] raspberries fresh


  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Butter and flour a 8 or 9 in [20 or 23 cm] springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, sour cream, oil, and vanilla.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted wit a paddle, mix the flour, 1 cup [200 g] sugar, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda on low 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 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 (the batter may still look a little bumpy). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and use a spatula to mix the batter a few more times, making sure everything on the bottom of the bowl is well combined. Add the raspberries and give the batter another turn or two just to incorporate them.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the top with the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Tap the pan gently on your work space 2 or 3 times to help get rid of any bubbles. Bake 40 to 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cake is golden brown and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (an instant thermometer will read 210F to 212 when done).
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife gently around the edge of the cake to help release it from the sides, and then remove the cake from the springform. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar if desired, or serve as is.

Topping the cake with both granulated sugar and powdered sugar does seem excessive, but it really is delicious. The granulated sugar give the cake a nice little crunch, and the powdered sugar makes for a pretty top. One or both can be omitted if desired.


    • Make sure to butter your springform pan well – the almond flour can make the cake stick a bit more to the pan.
    • Other berries can be substituted; chop them similar in size to a raspberry. Frozen berries can also be used but note that they will make the cake take longer to bake, and this may result in a cake that is darker golden brown.
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      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 12:58 am

      cozyurbanhome – I’m so glad you tried it! And I’m glad you love the Coffee Shop NE. Such good coffee. ?

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      Rebeka Carr
      Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Would frozen strawberries be okay also?

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      Monday, August 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Beautiful, delicious. Perfect for our anniversary dinner for two.
      Do you think other seasonal fruit might work as well?

      Thank you for your lovely blog.

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        Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

        Thank you for your quick and kind response. My friend is going to try the recipe with peaches. We will let you know how it works out. But I do have a bag of cherries… Hmmmm.

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      Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

      This cake looks great and I want to make it for a reunion I have this weekend thanks

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      Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 2:19 am

      cozyurbanhome – I’m so glad you tried it! And I’m glad you love the Coffee Shop NE. Such good coffee. 😉

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      Friday, August 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      I just made this! It just came out of the oven and it is beautiful! I can’t wait for my husband to come home so we can eat a wedge and drink iced coffee. I found you after you posted a comment on the Coffee Shop Northeast blog!

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      Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      This cake looks so delicious! That’s why I decided to make it for our celebration today (well, plus, I had all of the ingredients!). I even used some of my vanilla sugar to sprinkle on top 🙂

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