Raspberry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spring time is here and  berries are starting to appear in the stores. With so any different ways to enjoy these beautiful little fruits, you just cannot resist them.  One of my favorite ways to enjoy berries is baking something up at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast for guest to linger over. This cake is a rich dense fruity morning delight!

1 large egg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all- purpose flour
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups fresh raspberries. (other fruit can be substituted blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, or frozen fruits)

For the Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar ( granulated sugar prevents glaze from getting as crunchy when exposed to air,but doesn’t incorporate as smoothly as confectioners sugar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a 9 -inch spring-form pan with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside (an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan will also work)
In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, combine the first 10 ingredients and mix on medium high speed until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes.
Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on medium high speed until smooth about 1 minute.
Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange raspberries uniformly over the top of the batter ( looks like a lot but they will sink down and while baking.
Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons sugar evenly over the berries.
Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 F and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and set in the center. and toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Moist crumbs dangling ok but no batter.  If you’re using fresh berries your cooking  will be considerably less.  Watch your cake not the clock.
Place on cooling rack. While cake cools make frosting.

For frosting:
 Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and beat until smooth.  This does make more frosting than some may like so be the judge of how much to put on your coffee cake.

Bon appetite!
Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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