One week ago we went to Costco and loaded out cart with what looked like a tone of fruit! We picked up some champagne mangos, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon and grapes! If you ever shopped at Costco, you probably know that the grapes come into a NOT so small container, and as much as we tried to eat our away through it we still had leftover grapes in the fridge!! In an attempt to save them from going bad, I decided to bake a cake, as always, when in doubt get some flour and butter and you are on the right path to success!
I like using buttermilk in my baked goods, it makes them raise more, and the achieved texture is very nice, soft, airy and a little dense at the same time! The grapes in this cake are amazing, they add the right amount of juiciness and being fragrant they pair very well with the subtile vanilla flavor!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups of grapes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch-round baking pan and set aside. Using a wooden spoon, or the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, add the vanilla extract and the buttermilk, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the baking soda, salt and flour and add it to the wet ingredients, mix everything by hand using a spatula just until the flour is well incorporated into the wet mixture, do not over mix.
Wash the grapes, drain the excess liquid, add 1 tbsp of flour and mix them, when all the grapes are covered in flour fold 2 cups into the batter. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. And decorate the top with the remaining grapes.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool to room temperature before slicing to serve.
The cake will last, at room tempreture, for up to 3 days.