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Simple Summer Berry Cake

This simple cake is inspired by the well known plum torte from the NY Times. You can use almost any fruit in it, which makes it very adaptable, and you don't even have to pull out the mixer to make it.


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups blackberries, or other fresh fruit. If using stone fruit, cut in half

Demerara sugar and lemon juice, for topping

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Place the butter in sugar in a medium size mixing bowl, and stir together until well combined with a wooden spoon.

Add the flour, baking powder, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.

Spoon the batter into a 9-inch spring form pan of cake pan, and smooth evenly into the pan.

Scatter the fruit evenly over the top of the batter and sprinkle with the demerara sugar and lemon juice evenly over the top.

Bake the cake for 1 hour or until golden brown and baked through.

Let cool and then remove from the spring form pan or serve straight from the cake pan. You can eat it as is or with whipped cream or ice cream.

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