Jane’s Sweets & Baking Journal -- janessweets.blogspot.com-- March 2012
*The cake formula below is an original recipe, created by Jane, and was not specifically adapted from, or inspired by, any particular published source.
Raspberry Euphoria Coffee-Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This cake can be made in a 9" round regular cake pan, or a 9" found springform pan.
Butter your pan. Line the bottom with a round piece of parchment paper, then butter the parchment. Flour the inside of the whole pan, tapping out the excess.
Ingredients for the streusel topping, and glaze:
3 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 1/2" chunks
2 oz. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" chunks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 small pinch salt (I used regular salt)
3 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam (to drizzle atop streusel)
For the glaze:
1 cup (or more) confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp. milk (add more if you'd like a thinner glaze)
1/8 tsp. almond extract (optional)
Ingredients for the cake:
1 cup traditional ricotta cheese, not too cold
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted but not hot
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 and 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
6 oz. fresh raspberries
Make the streusel first:
In a medium size bowl, mix the sugar, flour, and salt with a fork. Cut-in the cream cheese and butter chunks using a hand-held pastry blender or a couple of knives (you can even do this with your fingers if you're quick about it; don’t want to melt the butter or cream cheese!), until small visible chunks of miscellaneous size remain. Cover the bowl and chill the streusel while you prepare the batter.
Make the batter:
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In the large bowl of your mixer, using the paddle attachment on medium-low speed, mix together the ricotta, eggs, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth; about two or three minutes.
Now on low speed, add the flour in gradually, mixing just until well combined for a minute or so.
Spread half the batter into your prepared pan. Dot the batter with half the fresh raspberries and gently press them partway down into the batter. Spoon the rest of the batter on top and smooth it out with a small offset spatula; scatter the remaining berries and gently press them into the batter.
Stir the chilled streusel with a fork, and evenly scatter all of it onto the top of the cake batter. Drizzle the seedless raspberry jam here and there in little streaks over the top of the streusel.
Bake the cake on the middle rack for about 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly dry. The cake should be just lightly golden on top, and more golden on the sides. The sides of the cake should look like they've begun to pull away from the sides of the pan.
While the cake is starting to cool, mix up the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and almond extract. Just keep stirring until the glaze is completely smooth. More more sugar if you'd like a thicker glaze; add slightly more milk if you prefer a thinner glaze.
Let the cake cool for 15 minutes, no more and no less, on a rack before attempting to remove it from the pan. Run a thin knife or metal spatula around the sides of the pan. Place a plate over the top of the cake and quickly invert it, tapping firmly on the bottom of the pan to help knock it out. Lift off the pan, then place the cooling rack on the cake bottom; still holding firmly onto the plate, re-invert the cake back onto the rack to let it finish cooling. When it's almost cooled place the cake, still on its rack, over a baking sheet; drizzle the top with the confectioners' sugar glaze, letting it drip down the sides. Let the glaze set up/soak in (depending on how thick or thin you made it) for a little while before serving the cake. Store leftovers well covered.