One of my favorite things to do on a free morning is grab a coffee and head to the farmers market down the street.
September is the end of berry season and since I love any kind of berry, I went a little crazy and bought more than I could eat before they went bad, so I decided to make them into a dessert. (They were $1 per pkg, how could I resist?) I started out with a recipe for classic vanilla cake, and added a raspberry compote and Neufchâtel cheese frosting. Neuchâtel is a soft French cheese, very similar in taste to cream cheese but with considerably less fat.
Vanilla Cake Ingredients:
1 1/2 C Sugar
3/4 C Butter
1Tbl Bourbon Vanilla Extract (or alcohol free if you prefer)
2 C flour
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
3/4 C Milk
Cut room temp butter into sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Fold in flour and baking powder.
Pour in milk.
Grease and flour pan- two round cake pans work best, but you can use 9×13 and have a one layer cake. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min.
Raspberry Compote Ingredients:
1 pkg Raspberries
1/2 C Sugar
1 Tsp Corn Starch, dissolved in 1 Tbl water
Splash of lemon juice
Add all ingredients into a saucepan and mash up berries. Heat and stir until thickened.
8 oz Neufchâtel Cheese
1/4 C Salted Butter
1 tsp Bourbon Vanilla Extract
1 C Powdered Sugar
Mix well. Spread berry mixture over cake then top with the cheese frosting.
Have a few friends over, light a fire, and enjoy this end-of-summer cake.