An Easy Sheet Cake That Tastes of Spring.
This recipe came about because I wanted a cake that tasted like Spring. And because I love my Orange Buttermilk Sheet Cake so much, I decided to see if I could come up with a version that used raspberries and lemons, instead of oranges. This time I blitzed a carton of raspberries and half a whole lemon in my blender and proceeded from there. I initially thought I would need to strain the puree in order to remove the raspberry seeds, but they pulverized completely in my Vitamix and there was no need for straining, which was great because I wanted this recipe to be as simple as possible.
In order to emphasize the raspberry flavor, I added a small amount of raspberry extract. Not much is needed, but I think it worked well to gently enhance the raspberry flavor.
I decided that lemon was the only flavor I wanted in the icing. The buttermilk already gives it some tang and plenty of lemon zest and juice added the perfect amount of tartness. But as we were tasting the icing, my son suggested adding a tiny amount of coconut extract in order to round out the flavor. We’ve been using coconut extract quite a bit lately in order to achieve fuller flavors in both sweet and savory dishes and it works brilliantly. You will not notice any discernible coconut flavor at all. It simply provides a fullness of flavor that isn’t there if you don’t use it.
The results are a delicate and tender cake with beautiful raspberry and lemon flavors. And after taking the photos and eating a couple slices, I decided I like it even better with more fresh raspberries on top, so I’d recommend adding a couple to each slice, rather than just one. One 6 ounce carton provides plenty for the top. The cake can be made ahead and the raspberries added before serving. As a matter of fact, this cake is so moist you’d be fine making it a full day ahead and adding the raspberries the next day.
If you are a fan of my Orange Buttermilk Sheet Cake and also love raspberries, I think you’ll enjoy this one, too. My original recipe for the Orange Buttermilk Sheet Cake can be found in the new issue of Raised Southern Magazine and in the Milk Street Community Facebook Group.