Infrequently a brand new recipe comes alongside that basically knocks our socks off. This month, it’s this straightforward buttermilk bundt cake laden with recent berries. True, our berry deprivation over the previous months has made us lengthy for his or her juicy, in-season sweetness. However this unvarnished cake has one thing else. Buttermilk gives each a tang and a richness to baking recipes that’s completely distinctive. Add a honey-sweetened whipped cream topping wherein buttermilk can be key and you’ve got a double whammy which not solely makes an announcement, but additionally an expensive, mattress for a mixture of naturally candy, seasonal berries. Better of all, each time we make this cake we get to make use of one in our assortment of bundt pans. No buttermilk within the fridge? Combine 1 teaspoon lemon juice per 1 cup milk and let stand for five minutes, then use the acidulated milk rather than the buttermilk.
Double Buttermilk Bundt with Recent Berries
Once you’re internet hosting a crowd, you possibly can’t go unsuitable with a Bundt cake, like this one with a double dose of buttermilk, which lends a nice tang to each the cake and the whipped cream that fills the middle. For a fairly end, we brush on a vanilla glaze and serve it with recent berries.
For the cake:
- 3¼ cups (16 1/2 oz./515 g) all-purpose flour
- 2½ Tbs. constarch
- 2½ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. kosher salt
- 22 Tbs. (2¾ sticks) (11 oz./345 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1⅓ cups (11 oz./345 g) granulated sugar
- 4 egga
- 1½ cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) buttermilk
- 1½ Tbs. vanilla paste, or 2 vanilla beans, cut up lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
For the whipped cream:
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) heavy cream
- ½ cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) buttermilk
- 3 Tbs. honey
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
For the glaze:
- 1 cup (4 oz./125 g) confectioners’ sugar
- 2 Tbs. milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups (8 oz./250 g) assorted recent berries and/or cherries
To make the cake, preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously spray a 10-inch (25-cm) Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a bowl, stir collectively the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Put aside.
Within the bowl of an electrical mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat collectively the butter and granulated sugar on medium pace till gentle and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs separately, beating till integrated earlier than including one other. Add the buttermilk and vanilla paste or vanilla bean seeds and beat till mixed. The combination could begin to separate however will come again collectively when the flour combination is added.
Scale back the mixer pace to low and slowly add the flour combination, stopping the mixer to scrape down the edges of the bowl as wanted. When the flour is integrated, improve the pace to medium-high and beat for 30 seconds.
Switch the batter to the ready pan and unfold evenly. Bake till a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clear, 45 to 50 minutes. Switch the pan to a wire rack and let cool for quarter-hour, then invert the pan onto the rack and elevate off the pan.
In the meantime, make the whipped cream: Within the clear bowl of the electrical mixer fitted with the clear whisk attachment, beat collectively the cream and buttermilk on medium pace till mushy peaks begin to type, about 2 minutes. Add the honey and salt and beat till medium peaks type, about 1 minute. Take away the bowl from the mixer, cowl and refrigerate till prepared to make use of.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk collectively the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla till mixed.
Whereas the cake remains to be heat, brush the highest and sides with the glaze. Let cool fully, then spoon among the whipped cream within the heart of the cake. If utilizing strawberries, stem them and reduce in half. If utilizing cherries, reduce in half and take away the pits. Prime the whipped cream with the fruit. Lower the cake into slices and serve with the remaining whipped cream alongside.