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Berry Creme Fraiche Cake

MMMMMM, Berry Creme Fraiche Cake. Just look at those plump berries! Don’t they look wonderful? Our daughter LOVES fresh raspberries. All berries really, but especially raspberries. When she saw these sitting on the counter ready for the cake it was CONSTANT badgering to, “Please let me have one berry, Mom!”

I think this cake is wonderful, and it comes from one of my favorite dessert cookbooks, A Passion For Desserts, by Emily Luchetti (Keep reading for details on the giveaway!). Creme Fraiche is a delicious twist to just boring old whipped cream and I love it. It’s so tasty with the poppy seed cake and the sweet berries. We had this for our Easter dessert and I could have just kept picking away at it for the rest of the night. Plus, it really is a beautiful cake. I love it when a dessert is pretty too.

What Is A Fraiche Cake?

Creme Fraiche cake is a cake that is made with creme fraiche.

Creme Fraiche is a soured cream product.

It contains 10-45% milk fat and is soured with a bacterial culture.

What Is The Difference Between Creme Fraiche And Sour Cream?

The difference between the two is how they are made.

Sour cream is made by adding lactic acid culture to cream and sometimes milk to thicken and sour it.

Crème fraîche is made by adding fermenting agents with the necessary bacteria to cream.

Can you Substitute Sour Cream For Creme Fraiche?

Plain sour cream is a great substitute for crème fraîche.

Sour cream be slightly more sour than creme faiche.

Berry Creme Fraiche Cake

Berry Creme Fraiche Cake

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Prep Time: 2 days 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 days 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cake

Ingredients

Poppy Seed Cake

  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Poppy Seeds

Creme Fraiche

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk

Creme Fraiche Berry Filling (I always triple the berries)

  • 1 Pint Blueberries I always use blackberries
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Cups 16 oz Creme Fraiche, store-bought or homemade (see note below)
  • 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Pint Raspberries

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease the bottom of 2 9 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat the butter with the sugar until light, 1 min on medium-high speed with a stand mixer or 3 min handheld.
  • On medium speed add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds and periodically scraping the bowl.
  • Stir together the buttermilk, and vanilla.
  • On low speed add half the buttermilk.
  • Mix until incorporated and scrape down the bowl.
  • Add half the dry ingredients and mix again.
  • Repeat with last half of buttermilk and dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the poppy seeds.
  • Divide the batter between two pans.
  • Bake on the middle rack until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, 15-20 min (Mine always take a little longer, but make sure to watch!)
  • Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 min and remove.
  • Once the cakes are completely cool use a serrated knife to cut each in half horizontally, making 4 layers.

Creme Fraiche

  • In a plastic container, stir together cream and buttermilk.
  • Cover with an airtight lid and store at room temperature for 24 hours.
  • Stir and cover.
  • Again let sit for 24 hours.
  • If the cream fraiche is thick, refrigerate. If it is still thin, let sit another 24 hours.

Filling

  • Cook the blueberries in a saucepan over medium-low heat with 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Stir often until the berries are beginning to pop and the juices are flowing.
  • Let cool to room temp.
  • Whip together the creme fraiche, 2 Tablespoons sugar, and heavy cream until stiff enough to hold its form.

Assemble Cake

  • Place a cake layer on a serving platter.
  • Spread one quarter of the creme fraiche filling on the cake and top with 1/4 the berries.
  • Repeat layers.

Notes

*Cake and blueberries can be made two days in advance. Creme fraiche should be whipped just prior to assembling.
Nutrition Facts
Berry Creme Fraiche Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 10472
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3134.2mg1045%
Carbohydrates 869.9g290%
Fiber 42.6g178%
Sugar 584.1g649%
Protein 125.3g251%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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GIVEAWAY TIME

Ok, enough with the food. Let’s get on to the Free Stuff!!! This book seriously is wonderful. I love that you aren’t going to find a single chocolate chip cookie recipe in here. I know that sounds crazy, but seriously! I like having a cookbook that has wonderful, delicious, AND beautiful desserts. They are all separated by season which is nice because sometimes in the winter I have a hard time thinking up something fabulous. I love that the desserts will not only taste yummy, but you probably haven’t had it before and your guests will be so impressed with it.

Remember the white chocolate and red berry trifle from last year? Yep, it’s from this book! You will find other great recipes like, Baked Pears with Almond Streusel, Caramel Chocolate Chunk Tart, Frozen Lemon Parfait with Lemon Ginger and Cassis Sauces, Macaroon Pineapple Napoleans, and so much more!

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment by April 13th and become a follower. Winner announced the 14th. Make sure to leave a way to contact you. Winners must reply within two days or else a new winner will be selected. 

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They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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34 comments

  • funniest thing… i looked everywhere for creme fraiche, just to find it around the corner from my house at my little neighborhood market:) looks delish! & the book looks like a keeper too!

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  • Looks like a lovely book. Please enter me. Joni

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  • Any recipe book you trust I will trust!!!!!

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  • i love any cookbook that is categorized by season; and of course if it has anything to do with dessert i'm instantly in love. both the trifle and berry cake look delicious!

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  • I found your blog through Utah Hive. Love the idea of this book! thanks!

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  • Oh my. My plans *were* to lose a few pounds. Sigh …

    That cake looks incredible.

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  • I could use a good dessert recipe book, this one looks amazing! Thanks for the give-away 🙂
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  • I love raspberries too, and in our area you can pick them in the summer. Yum. [email protected]

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  • i love berries of all kinds too 🙂 sounds like a fabulous book!

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  • ooops! I fixed that part about the poppyseeds. You just fold them in at the very end.

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  • Gorgeous cake! Perfect for spring!

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  • I am posting on my FB fan page – will hopefully send some more entries your way!

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  • I am posting on my FB fan page – will hopefully send some more entries your way!

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  • I am a follower 🙂

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  • I am a follower 🙂

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  • Grumpy loves Raspberries too…and its great for us that my parents grow them 🙂 I definitely would love the book, I would like that it is divided up by season too!

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  • Grumpy loves Raspberries too…and its great for us that my parents grow them 🙂 I definitely would love the book, I would like that it is divided up by season too!

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  • Wow!! What a yummy cake!! I love poppy seed, but here in Brazil it's illegal. =(

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  • Who couldn't use a book with fabulous seasonal desserts?!? I'm a follower.

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  • This looks so good!!! I'm totally going to make it!!! I have a food blog too and I love looking at yours. Mine is masteringthemenu.blogspot.com
    Check it out. I would love this book!! I'm now a follower!!

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  • I love desserts!! I can't wait to try this after tax season!

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  • What a fun birthday present this would be for me! I'm a little behind the times and just started following blogs a few months ago and I'm loving yours!

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  • There is nothing i love more than going through a new cookbook with new recipes!
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  • I am definitely a dessert person, and these look beautiful! By the way, I don't have premie sleepers. Darnit! Just newborn ones.

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  • Pick me. I want to cook just like you..

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  • this is my favorite blog in the whole wide world. i check it most frequently and often refer to it whilst cooking. also. i am a huge fan of carrian cheney, she is rad.

    also. i love dessert.

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  • Thanks for the fun giveaway! Sounds like a delicious book 🙂

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  • OOH, I'd love this book. Love your blog.

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  • Your desserts are beautiful. Very elegant looking.

    What a wonderful book to have.

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