I guess you could say I’m on a bit of a cake kick lately. I’ve almost completely finished the cake section of my cookbook, and I think my office may or may not be getting sick of it haha. Today, it’s a cake just for you guys though!
So, here’s the deal with this cake. There’s a certain cake that a certain fancier grocery retailer sells in the springtime- it has chantilly cream and lots of berries, and it’s SUPER popular. Secret time- I have never had this cake. But, I wanted to create something similar, or at least what I think is probably similar based on what I know of said cake.
Anyways, my version has a sweetened vanilla custard cream, strawberries, raspberries, and fluffy white cake. It feels springy to me, and the cake is soft and lightly sweet. The cream is fluffy and smooth, and it’s overall a simple and tasty combo.
I’m writing this on a Sunday evening, and I’ve been baking all day long- much more than just this cake. I’m exhausted, and pretty unsure if I’ll ever get up from my current spot on the couch, snuggling with my pupper. Well, back to pretending tomorrow isn’t Monday- enjoy guys!
I’m so excited it’s finally fall! I know most people love the summer, but I’m much more into the cooler months, including snow! As we get into the holidays, I think warm cozy recipes like this one will make us all happy.
If you love banana bread, like my husband, you’ll love this honey banana cake. It’s very similar to traditional banana bread, but it’s got a light honey flavor, and it’s much more moist and delicate than a normal bread. Listen, if you can have cake or bread-like cake, just go for cake you guys.
Because it’s cake, I’ve also got an epic frosting recipe. If you guys haven’t ever had brown sugar frosting like. Have it today. Scroll down to the recipe immediately and make it and eat it with a spoon if you don’t feel like making a cake to put it on. I can say with some serious confidence that this frosting is my top 3 frostings. And guys, I eat a lot of frosting.
Just let yourself sink into that frosting, and be generous with yourself- scoop big portions on top of every slice of this banana cake. After all, it’s fall now. Bikini bods be damned.
Let’s talk about blueberries, and pie fillings, and cake, and putting it all together!
I’m not a huge fan of blueberries on their own, but when baked into something, they are truly amazing. We all know and love the classic blueberry muffin, and this is a variation on that! Loaf cakes are just so easy- you can just slice them as your family eats it, and this is a simple single loaf recipe. I don’t know about you, but when I look at a recipe that yields like 3 loaves or 75 cupcakes, I just can’t deal. God knows we don’t need that much in one household.
Honestly, if you can make a loaf instead of muffins, it’s just easier. It takes longer to bake, but you don’t have to do all the scooping and batch baking. Sometimes you just don’t feel like it- I get that. This is a low-maintenance recipe overall, very few dishes involved.
I used a homemade blueberry pie filling, but you can use canned just the same. I made a birthday cake earlier in the week that was topped with blueberry sauce, so I thought I’d use up some of the leftovers. Use the extras to top off some pancakes this weekend!
Homemade pie filling is super simple- just cook your blueberries with some sugar until boiling, and stir in a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up! It’s perfect in a pie, and on pancakes or waffles. Store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and enjoy.
This recipe uses fresh blueberries along with the pie filling, which gives you a really beautiful texture and flavor throughout the cake. I sprinkled some coarse sugar on top for a little extra crunch, but the cake is totally fantastic even without that.
So. No liners, no scooping, one single bake. Just slice and enjoy!
I’ve just had a really wonderful birthday, and one of the best things I got this year was a couple of new stunning bundt pans, like the one I used to make this fantastic pound cake. So, you can expect to see some pretty cakes coming up on the blog in the next few weeks!
Pound cake is perfection. It goes perfectly with any topping, in any trifle or parfait, or all alone. The term pound cake, as you probably know, comes from original recipes that used one pound of each ingredient. Today however, and particularly at a high altitude, this is not how we make it.
It’s a sturdy and yet soft cake, overall more dense than a normal birthday cake or sponge style cake. This means that it holds up well to cutting, decorating, and even stacking if you wanted to bake the batter in a normal cake pan.
This version has a light lemony flavor and a hint of almond in addition to the traditional vanilla. It’s a great recipe to add blueberries to, poppy seeds, or another flavoring before you bake as well.
I’ve actually had very little success at baking pound cake at my Denver altitude, and this recipe is adapted from the CU Boulder recipe in High Altitude Baking, 2nd Edition. Seriously, its the best pound cake ever, and it’s very easy. I’ve previously made many pound cakes that involved like 8 eggs and 10 cups of flour. This is MUCH more manageable.
I’ve been working on cake decorating lately… a lot. In fact, I’ve been making 1-2 huge, multi-layer cakes like every single weekend. Anyone want some cake?
Basically, I’m not great at cake decorating. I can hold my own with cupcakes, but full cakes are a whole new beast for me. So, I’m working with simple techniques while I get better at leveling and building the cakes, and there’s definitely been some improvement!
This is one of my best so far- looks wise and taste wise. We’ve got a super fluffy vanilla bean cake with a light coffee buttercream. Mocha cake is a super delicious variation of this as well, if you want to go with chocolate cake, or chocolate buttercream with the addition of coffee. I prefer vanilla though, which is where I went today.
To decorate, I just used a small off-set spatula and dragged it around the frosted cake in rows. It’s probably the second-easiest method I’ve tried so far, with just a rough frost as number one.
Honestly, even if this doesn’t turn out super pretty for you (I have made so many ugly cakes in the last few months, seriously it’s a skill in it’s own way) it still tastes amazing!
On another note, if you already have the ability to decorate really pretty looking cakes, I totally envy you.