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Fresh Raspberry Batter Cake w/Creme Fraiche Sorbet
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A simple and rich raspberry batter cake with a creamy rich sorbet for a special dessert for after dinner or a regal dessert and coffee gathering.

S. Chokel (Pastry Chef Ann-Marie Coniglio)


  • Sorbet:
  • 4 cups (950 ml) creme fraiche
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • Cake:
  • 2-2/3 cups (625 ml) granulated sugar
  • 3-3/4 cups (875 ml) bread flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 each vanilla bean, scraped
  • 6 oz (168 grm). unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups (475 ml) whole milk
  • 3 pts. fresh raspberries
  • 10 tbsp (150 ml) water
  • 10 tbsp (150 ml) granulated sugar
  • confectioners' sugar, as needed
  • Sorbet:
  • Combine and mix all ingredients in non-reactive bowl.
  • Transfer to ice cream maker.
  • Process according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Transfer to airtight, non-reactive container; cover; freeze until needed.
  • Cake:
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest and vanilla bean in mixing bowl; beat with paddle at medium speed for 1 minute.
  • Add butter; beat until texture resembles cornmeal.
  • Add milk; beat until smooth; reserve.
  • Place a single layer of raspberries on bottom of 5 1/4" quiche dishes.
  • Spoon 6 oz (168 grm). batter over each; spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle each with 1 tbsp (15 ml) water and 1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar.
  • Place dishes on sheet pans; bake until golden brown (about 25 minutes); remove from oven.
  • To serve, dust top of warm cakes with confectioners' sugar; place cake on plate; put quenelle of sorbet on tuile; garnish with raspberries.
Internet address for this recipe by Pastry Chef Ann-Marie Coniglio is at: http://chef-of-the-month.com/recipes/agingrass/data/dessert-cake-raspberry-batter-fruit.shtml

This was fabulous! Simply the best we've enjoyed from an internet recipe!!

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