While you are shopping for the ingredients for the cake below, here are some other ideas for cakes that require a bit more expertise (and lots of fondant).
- 30 Cakes that Look Like Other Things (from BuzzFeed)
- Stealth Cake is Awesome (looks like Asparagus, tastes like cake) (also BuzzFeed)
Bon Appétit | July 2011
by Melissa Roberts
Buttermilk keeps this moist cake light and flavorful. Dust it with powdered sugar as it cools for a sweet, decorative finish.
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan and parchment
- 2 1/3 cups cake flour (sifted, then measured) plus more for pan
- 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) fresh blackberries
- 1/4 cup plus 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
- 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
- Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Position a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Butter pan; line bottom with a round of parchment paper. Butter parchment. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Arrange berries in a single layer in bottom of pan; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup sugar.
Sift 2 1/3 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a medium bowl; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter and remaining 1 1/3 cups sugar in a large bowl at medium-high speed, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and zest. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until incorporated. Pour batter over berries in pan; smooth top.
Bake until cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Let cool in pan set on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then run a thin, sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove pan sides. Invert cake onto rack and remove pan bottom; peel off parchment. Dust top generously with powdered sugar and let cool completely.