Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake from The Ruby Kitchen

It is that time of the month again for another yummy dessert from The Cake Slice Bakers group. This month we had four tempting choices and they all sounded delicious. The options were: American Chocolate Layer Cake, Pecan Sweet Potato Cake, Blackberry with Scotch Cheesecake or Carrot Cake. The last cheesecake I made from Maida Heatter’s book turned out so delicious I decided I needed to make another one.

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

I have been getting beautiful, plump blackberries from our CSA share every week and I thought this would be the perfect way to use them. With summer coming to a rapid close I want to take advantage of every last bite of its bounty. I really love the sour cream topping that this cake is finished off with. It creates a lovely finish to the top and is a wonderful alternative to a whipped cream or fruit puree topping.

Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

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Blackberry Scotch Cheesecake

Author: The Ruby Kitchen
Adapted from: Cakes by Maida Heatter

Ingredients for CrustBlackberry Scotch Cheesecake
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
4 oz. cold butter

Ingredients for Cheesecake
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
19 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2½ Tbsp. Drambuie Scotch
½ tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups dry, frozen blackberries (not in juice)

Ingredients for Sour Cream Topping
2 cups sour cream
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1. Adjust oven rack one-third up from the bottom of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan with a sheet of foil.
2. Place the ingredients for the crust in a bowl and cut in the butter until the mixture is small crumbs and powdery.
3. Place mixture in the prepared pan and gently press into an even layer at the bottom. Bake for 25 minutes until it is golden.
4. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until it is soft and smooth. Beat in the vanilla, Drambuie, cinnamon and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating smooth after each addition. Beat in the lemon zest and juice.
5. Butter the sides on the spring form pan and pour batter into it, smoothing the top. Place blackberries over the top and gently push each in. Smooth the top of the batter. Bake for 40 minutes, until the sides have slightly risen and it is lightly golden. The middle should be dry to the touch but barely set.
6. Allow to rest for 20 minutes out of the oven.
7. Combine the sour cream sugar and vanilla in a clean bowl. Gently pour over the cheesecake and smooth the top. Bake for 5 minutes and then remove from the oven and allow to completely cool before placing in the fridge overnight.

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Black & White Sponge Cake

Black & White Sponge Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

Black & White Layer Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

It is that time of the month again when the Cake Slice Bakers share their selections from Maida Heatter’s Cakes. I have really been wanting to do a rectangular layer cake so I chose to do this Black & White Sponge Layer Cake out of this month’s choices. I was so flustered with the results I decided I needed to bring a little fun and color into the cake via sprinkles and these oh-so-adorable marshmallow clouds. Due to the many mishaps and lack of being “worth it” I decided not to share the recipe, but instead show the photos as a bit of fun baking design inspiration!

Black & White Sponge Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

To be honest, I was flustered with this entire thing from start to finish. The layers are composed of vanilla sponge cake and chocolate sponge cake, alternating with chocolate buttercream in between each layer. The cakes were delicious on their own but got lost by the heaviness of the buttercream. The vanilla layer especially was hard to work with. I worked quickly like the instructions stated but I still ended up with a super-thin layer of vanilla cake because so much of it stuck to the paper. There are a LOT of steps in making this cake too. While the cake was good I did not feel like it was worth the effort required.

Black & White Sponge Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

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Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from The Ruby Kitchen

Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from The Ruby Kitchen

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Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from The Ruby Kitchen

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Cookies & Cream Bundt Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

Cookies & Cream Bundt Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

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Ruby Old Fashioned from The Ruby Kitchen - a modern twist on a classic cocktail

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Big Daddy's Bundt Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

Big Daddy's Bundt Cake from The Ruby Kitchen

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Meringue 101 from The Ruby Kitchen

Meringue 101 from The Ruby Kitchen

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Greek Burgers from The Ruby Kitchen

Greek Burgers with Cucumber Sauce from The Ruby Kitchen

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Blueberry Nut Loaf from The Ruby Kitchen

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Sprinkle Baby Shower from The Ruby Kitchen

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