A Little Extravagance

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I have never been a big “Valentine’s chocolate” person. Sometimes, a little something different – like a little lemon and raspberry – can be the secret to sweet romance. And, you can never go wrong with buttercream frosting. This recipe uses a fun ingredient: freeze-dried raspberries in the frosting (you can also use fresh) to give it the pink color. If any holiday calls for a little extravagance, it’s this one!

 

Lemon Raspberry Cake

CAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temp

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

  • 6oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼oz. freeze-dried raspberries, finely ground
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries

 

TO MAKE

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Whisk together the flour, butter, baking powder, soda and salt. In another bowl, stir milk and lemon juice. Using a mixer, beat the butter, lemon zest, granulated sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Then add eggs, one at a time. Add flour and combine, alternating with the milk-lemon mixture.
  • Add batter to prepared pan and bake until golden, 40 minutes. Let cool.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and freeze-dried berries.
  • Frost cake and decorate with fresh berries.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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