COOKING/BAKING

raspberry lemonade cake

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People are always impressed by this cake whenever I make it, but the truth is the bundt pan does all the work.  So do yourself a favour & get a really pretty pan.

1. Preheat your oven.  Spray your pan with non-stick spray & flour it.
2. I use a lemon cake mix & follow the directions on the box but then I add a box of lemon pudding powder at the end (this will make the cake moist).
3. Remove approximately 3 tablespoons of the lemon batter into another bowl & mix in a tablespoon of seedless raspberry jam.
4. Pour half of the yellow lemon batter into your bundt pan, then swirl the pink raspberry batter throughout (*careful not to touch the edges or bottom of the pan or your cake may stick).   Pour the rest of the lemon batter into the pan.
5.  Bake the cake according to directions on the box & let it cool.
6. When its cool enough, flip the cake out of the pan.
7.  Sprinkle icing sugar though a sifter over the top of the cake.
8. Make a runny icing using cream cheese, lemon juice, seedless raspberry jam & icing sugar.  Drizzle over the top of the cake.
9. Decorate with raspberries & mint leaves.

VARIATIONS:  I have done this same cake with passionfruit or blackberries so get creative.

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banofee pie

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This delicious pie is my take on Banoffe Pie (think banana-toffee…mmmmm).

– Start with a graham cracker crumb crust (mine was store bought which comes with its own lid which is handy if you need to transport the pie).
– The toffee layer is made by combining 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar over a low heat stirring the whole time until the sugar is dissolved.  Add 1 can of condensed milk & bring to a rapid boil for 1 minute stirring the whole time until the mixture is golden & thick.  Pour the caramel mixture over the crust & chill for about an hour or until ready to serve.
– Now this is where my recipe departs from the traditional:  When you are ready to serve, slice bananas on top, then sprinkle chocolate curls & pecan pieces.

So delish!!!