Friday, May 15, 2009

Salt-Kissed Buttermilk Raspberry Cake

What a busy week! I've been totally stressed out and anxious as a direct result of my lack of time to cook, bake, take pictures, and blog. Blogging (and producing blog fodder) has become a large part of how I choose to spend my free time. Needing to slow it down this week due to life happenings has given me new insight into how much I likey this little hobby of mine.

Finally this afternoon I was able to steal a bit of time for myself in the kitchen. Friends had us over for dinner, and of course I jumped at the chance to bring dessert. I wanted to use up some leftover buttermilk, so I made Salt-Kissed Buttermilk Cake with raspberries from Heidi Swanson's site 101 Cookbooks. I love the name... I'm always down to try any baked good that's been kissed with something.

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Something went wrong with this one. Our oven usually is spot-on with temps and cooking times, but I needed to about double the cooking time since the middle of the cake stayed raw for so long, even though the edges were burning. I'm guessing this happened because I used a deeper (with a smaller diameter) baking dish than was intended for the recipe. As a result, the cake was pretty dry, but my homemade whipped cream saved the day there.

Also, I wasn't a fan of the salt. It actually kinda ruined the cake for me. Others at the dinner table claimed to enjoy it, but next time I'd skip the salt. I'm always glad to try a new recipe, but I probably won't be making this one again.

You can find the recipe here.

6 comments:

Joy the Baker said...

oooh no! salt ruined the cake? it looks lovely though. raspberries always make my days better. life happens... i hope you've had a slightly restful weekend!

Amy I. said...

Thanks Joy! I agree about raspberries (can't wait to pick them this summer). Luckily I was able to take some time to rejuvenate this weekend :)

Emily said...

I've got to say -- I've tried making that recipe twice and had failures both times. It was dry, texture not great, and to me really not sweet enough (and I'm not a huge sugar person, but still)... I probably should have posted in a comment but after several not great experiences with recipes from her site, I just stopped trying... All this to say, don't necessarily blame yourself...

Steph said...

I love the dish it's baked in. Blogging does get pretty addicting. I feel like I have to work around my desserts to compensate for all the excess calories by watching all the other things I eat. I agree with Emily, the recipe doesn't seem like it has enough sugar and I think possibly butter too. Plus, 400F seems pretty high for a cake recipe.

Amy I. said...

Thanks Emily and Steph, that's validating to hear. Sometimes I wonder how comments and opinions may be skewed on popular blogs, i.e. do only people who loved the recipe tend to come back and comment?

Steph said...

haha.. I love how you say popular because I wonder the same thing too. I guess it's kinda like that feeling you get when you don't want to disagree because it's weird.. well at least for me. That's when I just say nothing..haha

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