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Orange-Buttermilk Cake with Summer Fruit

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice cake and about 1/4 cup fruit mixture)
Although this poppy seed cake is a standby year-round, it comes into its own served with fresh fruit macerated in orange syrup. The fruit mixture can also enliven store-bought angel food cake.

Ingredients

  • Fruit:
  • 1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup sliced peaches
  • 1 cup sliced nectarines
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided (about 13 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 283
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 7.4 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 4.9 g
  • carbohydrate 50 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 55 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 224 mg
  • calcium 45 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare fruit, combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; toss gently. Cover and chill.

  3. To prepare cake, coat a 12-cup tube pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 tablespoons flour.

  4. Lightly spoon remaining 3 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place 1 3/4 cups sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine buttermilk and 1/4 cup juice. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 43 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Serve with fruit mixture.