Ripening raspberries

Ripening raspberries

“Some of the raspberries are ripe, the most innocent and simple of fruit, the purest and most ethereal.”
— Henry David Thoreau, from The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 6, Summer (July 2, 1851)

Raspberries with blue sky

Raspberries with blue sky

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“Some of the raspberries are ripe, the most innocent and simple of fruits, the purest and most ethereal.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Journal, July 2, 1851

Raspberries ripening on the bush

Fresh raspberries

Freshly picked raspberries

Raspberries!  One of the tastes of summer.

Seasonal Berries

June 20, 2010

Raspberry Strawberry Coconut Cake

Who can resist eating seasonally when it’s berry time! 

I recently came across a cake recipe that used strawberries and raspberries.  But what appealed to me was that this was a coconut cake.  When I saw this magic combination of ingredients, I resolved to try the recipe.  It was as good as it sounded.  I think it would also make a delicious and fancy coffee cake for breakfast.

You can find the recipe at http://www.heyladygrey.com/2010/06/raspberry-strawberry-coconut-cake.html#more, but I’ll reproduce it for you here as well:

Raspberry Strawberry Coconut Cake
1/2 cup butter, soft
1 1/4 cup sugar (I used 1 cup)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup strawberries, quartered
1 cup raspberries (use frozen or fresh – but put in freezer for 10 minutes before mixing in, so they retain their shape).
Icing sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 inch cake pan.
Beat the butter & sugar until creamy. Then beat in the eggs & milk.
Mix the dry ingredients, and gently mix into the wet.
Very gently fold in the strawberries and frozen raspberries.
Spoon batter into cake pan and bake for 1 -1.5 hours, until an inserted cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.

Ingredients for the cake

Chilled, rimed raspberries

Raspberry Strawberry Coconut Cake lightly dusted with powdered sugar