Makes 8 servings

This decadent cake works with just about any juicy berry, so make it your own. Make this cake recipe when you need to take a dessert to a friend or dinner party; you can make it up to one day ahead.

How to Make It

Step 1

Butter and dust with flour a 9-inch cake pan with removable rim.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Slowly beat with a mixer to blend, then beat on high speed until well mixed, about 3 minutes.

Step 3

Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, and eggs. Stir to combine, then beat on high speed until the stiff batter is well blended, about 2 minutes.

Step 4

Scrape batter into cake pan and spread top smooth.

Step 5

Scatter berries evenly over batter. Sprinkle fruit with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.

Step 6

Bake on the center rack of a 350° oven just until cake begins to pull from pan rim, 55 to 60 minutes. Run a thin-bladed knife between cake and pan rim. Let cool at least 10 minutes or, if making ahead, wrap cake airtight when cool and let stand at room temperature up to 1 day.

Step 7

Remove pan rim, dust cake with powdered sugar, and cut into wedges.

Chef's Notes

Use any juicy berry (except strawberries) or pitted cherries. Or cover the surface of the batter with a layer of fruit slices - plum, apricot, nectarine, peach, apple, or pear.

Ratings & Reviews

monkeyfun's Review

January 01, 2014

annjerryk's Review

August 09, 2012
This is a great little cake. Berries, peaches, pears... all are good. I use this a few times each summer. One peach fills the top of the cake. I sometimes remember to sprinkle a little cinnamon on top too. Yum! I cut this out of Sunset Magazine when it was first published in May 1997.

flageolet's Review

March 28, 2012

abeeror2's Review

February 03, 2012
really nice,really easy and a great way to use all the blackberries I have.

calciomom's Review

October 16, 2011
I love this recipe. I have used it with so many different fruits and in many variations. It is so easily adaptable to many different occasions - you can dress it up or down and it's great anytime.

Lemurian's Review

August 10, 2011
This is a spectacular and easy recipe. Ever have an extra cup of berries you don't know what to do with? All of the rest of the ingredients are always in your pantry. The result is a moist and tasty dessert or coffee cake. This recipe came to my attention 14 1/2 yrs ago by a good friend and co-worker. Somehow over the years I misplaced it and have been searching for it since. Viola! I found it now and will never let it get out of my sight!