1 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 C plus 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar, divided
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Large egg
1/2 C well-shaken buttermilk
1 C fresh berries (I use what ever looks good, even nectarines!)
*Preheat oven to 400 with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-in round cake pan.
*Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
*Beat butter and 2/3 C sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
*At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Mixing until just combined.
*Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter berries (or what ever fruit you want) over the top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar.
*Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 - 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.
This is the easiest cake to make. Sometimes I combine 2 different fruits like blueberries and strawberries. Or in the case of Sonja's cake I made her, it was blueberries and nectarines cut into small pieces.