Well, I could not think of a better way to kick on my summer break, than with this cake. It is tart and just sweet enough to have me dreaming of sunny days reading books and going on little adventures and late morning wake up calls.
This cake is pretty simple to pull together and the sprinkling of sugar on the top, half way through the baking process gives it a pretty sparkle.
If you are looking for a quick way to impress at your next dinner or tea party, this cake will fit the bill.
Raspberry Cake with Marsala, Creme Fraiche, and Raspberries
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup Marsala
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
14 tablespoons (1-3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
1 cup plus 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
4 cups fresh raspberries, divided
2 cups creme fraiche or sour cream
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400ºF. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2-3/4-inch-high sides. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg in medium bowl to blend. Combine Marsala and orange juice in small bowl. Beat 12 tablespoons butter and 1 cup sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and lemon peel. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with Marsala mixture in 2 additions. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1-1/2 cups raspberries; reserve remaining for serving.
Bake cake until top is gently set, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375º (I forgot to do this and my cake still turned out well). Dot top of cake with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Continue baking until tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack. Release pan sides; transfer cake to platter. Cool to room temperature.
Mix creme fraiche and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in small bowl.
DO AHEAD: Cake and creme fraiche mixture can be made 8 hours ahead. Let cake stand at room temperature. Cover and chill creme fraiche mixture.
Cut cake into wedges. Top each with dollop of creme fraiche and fresh respberries and serve.