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Summer Fruit Cake ~YOUR WAY #baketogether

#baketogether decision time.. This was an easy one.  Let’s make a single layer cake that highlights summer’s best fruit. This recipe is about as straight-forward as a cake can get – no fancy ingredients (unless YOU want ’em),  a simple preparation and the presentation is as casual or fancy as you want to make it. One note on the image above, after shooting and eating this cake, I decided to increase the amount of berries. the recipe below reflects that increase even though the pic doesn’t.

We #baketogether folks are super casual, right? Well, being that it’s summer and we are all busy chillin’, workin’ or travelin’, let’s go uber cool and get ourselves into the kitchen between now and the end of August to bake up this little honey of a cake. Cool with that? Good. Of course, I don’t want you to think you can’t post right now.. please post when ready. Just remember to mention #baketogether in your post  & link back to the original recipe and use the hashtag on your tweets so we can follow the conversation and, hopefully, make new #baketogether friends. There’s always plenty of room in our kitchen. Lastly, post a link to your creation in the comments below so that I can keep close tabs for the #round up.

OK.. so we have a recipe (see below).. now it’s time for everyone to switch it up. Will you:

– add a chopped herb?

– switch-in a different flavoring?

– change the dairy? (can anyone say coconut milk?)

– change the fruit?

– make it chocolate?

– make it cupcakes?

– frost it?

– serve it with a sauce?

– make a topping?

How about all of the above?

I’ll tip my hand and tell you that I’m thinking of using even more berries than the amended amount with a touch of cornmeal, ginger instead of orange and add a streusel topping.. oh and I might also switch up the sugars.. we’ll see what happens.

Can’t wait to make and taste everyone’s Summer Fruit Cake ~ YOUR WAY!




Summer Fruit Cake ~Your Way
Makes 10 servings.

1 1/3 cups (6 ounces) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup (5 1/2 ounces) sour cream

For the topping:
1/2 pint (6 ounces) raspberries or blackberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Position an oven rack on the middle rung. Heat the oven to 350°F degrees. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9×2-inch round cake pan. Lightly flour the sides and line the bottom with a parchment or nonstick baking circle.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended. In a large bowl, beat the butter, and sugar with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high until well blended, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed until just blended. Add the orange zest and vanilla along with the second egg. Using a wide rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients and the sour cream alternately into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes.

After you put the cake in the oven, make the topping. Combine the raspberries, sugar, and flour in a small bowl. Using a table fork, mix the ingredients together to evenly coat the fruit and lightly crush the fruit. After the cake has baked for 15 minutes, working quickly, slide the oven rack out and scatter the fruit evenly over the top of the cake. Continue baking until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about another 23 to 25 minutes.

Transfer the cake to a rack to cool 15 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake.  Using a dry dishtowel to protect your hands, place a wire cooling rack on top of the cake pan and, holding onto both rack and plate, and invert the cake. Lift the pan up from the cake. Peel away the parchment. Place another wire rack or flat serving plate on the bottom of the cake and flip the cake one more time so that the fruit is on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Storage: Cover the baked and cooled cake in plastic wrap and stow at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    July 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Oooh there are so many wonderful fruits here in Paris, I cannot wait to make this. Though I do not have an electric mixer, hope I can make it work with a whisk…..

    • Abby Dodge
      July 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Your Parisien whisk will get the job done.. it will just take some elbow grease on your part to cream up the butter..

  • Nelly Rodriguez
    July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Oh this looks awesome! Definitely joining the #baketogether fun!

    • Abby Dodge
      July 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Awesome.. welcome to the kitchen!

  • Yuri
    July 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to see all the entries for this month’s bake together. Thank you, Abbie 😀

    • Abby Dodge
      July 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I can’t wait to see your version (s) 🙂

  • Abby Dodge
    July 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Great idea…now to find some fabulous and pretty fruit. Like I need an excuse. 🙂

  • Pia @ Peppercorns in my Pocket
    July 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    abby, your blog, your books, and your bakes are an absolute inspiration!
    my blog is just a baby, and i’m so very new at this whole thing. thanks for the follow on twitter…it just made my day!

    • Abby Dodge
      July 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Pia. Please join “us” for #baketogether — we’d love to see what your English spin would be!

  • Maranda
    July 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! What an amazing cake with so many possibilities! I love the sound of all your changes. I will have to give this one some thoughts. And yes…the extended summer timeline is great as well!

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Love this simple yet deliciously elegant cake!

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    July 15, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Love this idea! Easy peasy cake that looks pretty and should be super tasty. Can’t wait to make it!

    • Abby Dodge
      July 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Welcome to “our” kitchen! and yes, this cake is certainly easy, peasy lemon squeezy

  • Jamie
    July 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Okay, you have been reading my mind! Strolling through the market this morning I told Jp that I wanted to make a simple berry cake just like this. So YAY! Fabulous recipe and our favorite kind of cake.

    • Abby Dodge
      July 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Thx J.. this kind of cake is such a chameleon – perfect for so many functions at any time of day and it has so many flavor and fruit options.. I can’t wait to see what my two French pals dream up!

  • Winnie
    July 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Perfect! Love this idea Abby 🙂

    • Abby Dodge
      July 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Winnie.. I’m thinking your cake will be a beautiful golden yellow what with those fresh eggs of yours. Speaking of which, do you weigh them before using so they are approx the right size?

  • Elle
    July 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Beautiful! I’d love to get in on this, is that ok?

    • Abby Dodge
      July 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      We’d LOVE to have you in our group kitchen!!

      • Elle
        July 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Thanks so much!

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    July 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have the perfect idea. Now it’s all about perfect timing isn’t it? Love your cake but can’t help but notice those flowers. Are they from your garden? So beautiful Abby.

    • Abby Dodge
      July 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      The timing is a problem – esp this time of year. That’s why I gave us all some extended baking time. Wish I could take credit for the flowers.. they were a gift from a friend. I love Hydrangeas but, unfortunately, so do all the deer that chomp away in my yard!

  • Baker Street
    July 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Love, love, love the idea. Your cake is perfect. 🙂

  • Pat Sinclair
    July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Love the idea of baketogether! I think the idea of a simple cake for summer is perfect. Gotta get baking.

    • Abby Dodge
      July 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Hey Pat.. delighted to have you baking with us this month!!

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    July 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Well, you’ve talked me into it. I love the concept of #baketogether and after reading the recipe, I’ve come up with a twist that I’m excited to try. Can’t wait to get baking. Thanks Abby. Great idea!

    • Abby Dodge
      July 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      This party is really going to rock! I can’t wait to see what you come up with Renee!

  • Annapet
    July 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Wow, everything here looks great. I can browse all day and I won’t get my chores done ;-).

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    July 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Abby!:) I made an upside-down buttermilk peach cake for #baketogether. I love your recipe:)
    Here is my link: http://www.cakeduchess.com/2011/07/upside-down-buttermilk-peach-cake-and.html
    Have a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to see the other links:)

    • Abby Dodge
      July 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Lora.. this is heavenly! I’m checking for peaches at the market today – if I find ripe ones, I’m making your cake for t’mrow night’s beach dinner!

  • Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    July 26, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Hi Abby, it’s my first time commenting on this blog though I’ve visited many times (shame on me!). I missed the past #baketogethers but would love to join in this one. I live out in the tropics, would it be okay if I used tropical fruits that are available to me? Berries and such are hard to come by around here, they have to be airflown from abroad.

    • Abby Dodge
      July 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Oh Maya, I think I can speak to all of #baketogether folks: we would LOVE to see your tropical spin- Have at it! Oh and please make note of any changes you need to make to the leavening etc to adjust for your humidity, etc.. Happy to have you on board!

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    July 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My first (of many I hope) #baketogether posts. This was luscious!!! Thank you Abby!


  • Becca H.
    July 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Ooooo… that looks SO lovely! Do you have room in the #baketogether kitchen for one more? I’m thinking that white chocolate ganache could be a deliciously fun twist somehow! Nutella and summer fruit? Hmmm…. decisions, decisions

    • Abby Dodge
      July 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Love to have you in the kitchen with us! Can’t wait to see your spin..

  • Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag
    July 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    This is a fabulous cake ! I love how the fruits were used. And the photos are fantastic! I will enjoy baking this recipe. Must get on it right away !

    • Abby Dodge
      August 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      So happy to have you join in out #baketogether !

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  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    August 3, 2011 at 2:13 am

    My post is up – and ironically we are living in a house here in Colmar with a plum tree so am planning on making this again today!


  • Lisa / Muffin Tin
    August 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Just posted my cake with cornmeal and peaches. I did not copy you intentionally. Somehow I missed the last comment in your post about using cornmeal. Great minds think alike!


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      August 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Not copying me at all! I other up suggestions for everyone to use or to inspire – this looks awesome!

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  • Xai Losito
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    August 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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      August 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I know I can speak for the entire # baketogether family and say “yeah welcome to the kitchen”!

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      August 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

      We can’t wait to see your post!!

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      Oh Deeba .. this is extraordinary!!

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