Moist Cake With Raspberry Fruit Layer Makes For A Sweet Gift

Summer's not over yet! Well, technically it is, but you can certainly make it feel like it's still summer. One bite of this fresh raspberry cake, and you'll instantly be transported back to those warm summer days spent basking in the sun and enjoying sweet seasonal fruits. The calendar may say fall, but your tastebuds will say summer!

You'll need:

  • 46 oz cake batter
  • 3⅓ lbs fresh raspberries
  • 17½ oz gelling sugar 3:1
  • 7 oz yellow fondant
  • 17½ oz fresh raspberries

Here's how:

1. First pour half of the prepared cake batter into a greased square cake pan (9 x 9 inch) and smooth it out.

Tip: You will get about 46 oz of cake batter if you mix 13 oz of sugar, flour, and soft butter with 6 eggs and 1 tbsp of baking powder.

2. Put the raspberries in a large pot and purée them with a hand blender. Add the gelling sugar and bring everything to a boil while stirring. Let everything cook over a high heat and boil for 3 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble. Pour the finished jam in canning jars.

3. Now distribute 5 tablespoons of the still warm jam on top of the cake batter and use the spoon handle to pull lines through the jam and batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the fruit layer and smooth out the surface. Bake the cake in a preheated oven set to 360°F for 50 minutes.

4. Let the cake cool before removing it from the pan. Cut two broad strips from the fondant and place them perpendicular to each other on top of the cake, forming a cross.

5. Coat the uncovered sections with about 4½ oz of raspberry jam and top with the second serving of fresh raspberries. And now for the icing on the cake: the fondant ribbon! Cut two loops, one ring, and two shorter, narrower strips with serrated ends from the fondant. Form a bow and your fruity artwork is complete!

The great thing about this recipe is that you get 2 for the price of 1 — a fruity raspberry cake plus fresh homemade jam, both of which you can give as a sweet and unique gift to all your sweet tooth friends. But that's assuming you can resist the urge to bite into these delicacies before you have a chance to dish them out.

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