Bottom line – you’ve got to try this cake. I discovered it several years ago and it quickly became one of Paul’s most requested baked goods, so I make it a few times each summer. Is it the healthiest cake in the world? No, but it’s also not the unhealthiest cake either.
If you want to try to make it a little healthier you could swap in whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil, but I’ll always prefer baking with large quantities of butter 🙂
I sneak a few squares here and there each time I make it, but Paul typically eats a slice for breakfast (and maybe an afternoon snack too). This cornmeal cake is sweet, but not as overbearing as a typical frosted cake so it’s easy to whip up and serve any time of day.
Made up almost entirely of kitchen staples, there’s no excuse not to make it this week! A cast iron skillet is the perfect pan for this recipe, but if (like me) you don’t have access to one when you decide to try it the recipe out, it can also be made in a simple baking dish.
Blackberry Cornmeal Cake
Adapted from Martha Stewart
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 7 tablespoons butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon for skillet
- 10 ounces fresh blackberries
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, whisking to combine.
In a cast iron skillet or baking dish, heat the tablespoon butter in the oven until butter is melted and the skillet is hot, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and swirl to coat bottom of pan with butter. Pour the batter into the pan, scatter blackberries on top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
Bake until the edges are browned and the cake is still slightly moist in the middle, about 40-45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Refine Baking Tips
Although the recipe calls for blackberries, you could easily substitute any berry you would like!