June 07, 2012

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Recently, I have wanted to put buttermilk in everything but have been limited by availability.  Well fear not, dear readers, because I have finally found a source in my neighborhood!  Expect many more posts including buttermilk in the near future, on the heels of my pinterest-popular Nutella Buttermilk Bars.  Today, I'm using the buttermilk in a too-easy-it's-crazy buttermilk cake from Gourmet.

Instead of fresh berries, I used my roasted balsamic strawberries.  Buttermilk is notoriously tangy so I thought that it would pair well with the tangy-sweet roasted berries.  Light and fluffy cake with a little crunch from extra sugar sprinkled on top, it is the perfect pick-me-up bite at the end of the day.

So, what are your favorite ways to use buttermilk?

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Buttermilk Cake
1 cup of AP unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cups sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, well-shakend

First, preheat the oven to 400 F and butter and flour a 9 inch cake pan.  Start by whisking together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cream the butter with 2/3 cups of sugar for about 2 minutes, until lighter in color.

Next, add the vanilla and egg yolk until combined.  To finish the batter, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, 1/4 cup of buttermilk, 1/3 of the dry ingredients, 1/4 cup of buttermilk, and the final 1/3 of the dry ingredients.  To mix, I just used a spatula instead of my electric mixer to ensure a light batter.

I poured the finished batter into the greased pan and topped with the cup of roasted strawberries.  Finally, 1 tablespoon of sugar was sprinkled over the top to create a lovely crisp top.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 F.  Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. that looks incredible.

  2. Balsamic and strawberries is such a great combination. I love that you used it in a cake.

  3. I love buttermilk and this looks so delicious!

  4. Strawberries and balsamic, hm, have used it in a salad. Now, how might it taste in a cake! Would be nice to find out.
    As to buttermilk, there are for sure many ways apart from just drinking it, It does well also for pancakes, and of course baking.


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