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Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake


You guys, I was going to wait until we were a little further into the warm weather season to share this recipe, but I'm planning to make this for Mother's Day, and kept thinking that maybe you would like to as well! So here it is: Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake! This is quite possibly my favorite recipe on the blog so far, and you know I don't say that lightly! It is such a light and fluffy coffee cake recipe, with fresh fruit, bright lemon, and topped with brown sugar streusel. And then the lemon drizzle. I mean, seriously.


You know I'm also all about easy recipes, and this fits the criteria! Super quick, super easy coffee cake recipe and a perfect brunch recipe for this weekend! This is going to be baked on repeat this summer in our house, and if you try it once, I guarantee you will be hooked.




Cake Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 lemon, zested
1 1/2 cups strawberries, diced into 1/2 inch pieces

Topping Ingredients: 

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

Drizzle Ingredients: 

3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 lemon, zested 

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8" round cake pan or 8x8 baking dish with butter, and set aside. 

Prepare the topping. Combine the flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the butter, and gently mash the ingredients together with a fork. Finish quickly with your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs. You can also do this by pulsing together ingredients in your food processor.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients - flour through salt. In your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, buttermilk, sour cream, and egg, mixing until all combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 

Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just combined. Batter will be thick. Gently stir in the strawberries until equally distributed in the batter. Pour into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle prepared topping over the batter.

Bake for 20 minutes uncovered, then cover the pan lightly with foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

For the drizzle: Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until powdered sugar is fully dissolved. If it's too runny, add additional powdered sugar. If too thick, add additional lemon juice. Drizzle over the cake when the cake is cooled to room temperature.







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Honey Cake with Peach Mascarpone Frosting

Honey Cake with Peach Mascarpone Frosting


This is the naked cake that dreams are made of! Made with mostly honey for sweetener, layered with slightly sweet mascarpone frosting and topped with fresh fruit and honey drizzle. If you're looking for an easy Mother's Day dessert recipe, maybe the perfect brunch dessert recipe or just a healthier dessert idea - you will love this honey cake!

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Fun fact: my husband doesn't like dessert. I know, kind of ironic since I'm a food blogger who loves to bake cakes! But it's actually a blessing in disguise, because as my primary taste tester, my recipes have to pass his high bar of approval before they get published!

This means that my dessert recipes are in general much less sweet than the average dessert recipe. The most common comment I get when people try my recipes is "I don't usually like desserts, but I love this!". So if you're in that same boat, give this a go! I know you're going to love it.


If you've never tasted mascarpone before, it's an Italian cheese that tastes like a mix between cream cheese and whipped cream. You can find it in any grocery store, most likely in the specialty cheese area. Since mascarpone isn't as sweet as cream cheese, it pairs so deliciously with the juicy sweet flavor of peaches!



Cake Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups dark honey
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cups sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients: 

1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 1 1/2 cups finely diced peaches
Extra fruit for garnish

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line the bottoms of three 6" cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients flour through salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and honey, beating until all combined. Add the eggs one at a time, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Add the sour cream, buttermilk and vanilla. The batter may look "piecy" at this stage, which is totally fine. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until the batter is just combined and smooth.

Pour the batter into the three prepared cake pans. Since this is a naked cake and I wanted my layers to be pretty even, I used a kitchen scale to ensure the batter was evenly distributed.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-44 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

For the frosting: Using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until it can hold stiff peaks. In a separate bowl, combine the mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla. Gently fold the whipping cream into the mascarpone mixture. Stir in the peaches. That's it!




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Peach Margarita Cupcakes

Peach Margarita Cupcakes


Cinco de Mayo is this weekend! Who's ready for all the nachos, tacos, and margaritas?? Well, how about a twist on the classic cocktail - a peach margarita cupcake. Dessert and tequila all in one? Sign me up! You'll love this fun, festive and easy Cinco de Mayo dessert!



This peach margarita cupcake recipe calls for peach extract, which can sometimes be tricky to find. I order mine online here! If you want to make these this weekend, you can always omit the extract, and just use some extra vanilla extract instead for a classic margarita taste. Then serve with fresh peach slices on top. Perfect solution!







Makes 12 standard cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients: 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon peach extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt (greek or regular is fine)
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons tequila
Juice of 1 lime
Zest of 2 limes


Tequila Lime Buttercream Ingredients: 

1 cups butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoon tequila
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
Cupcake Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the sugar until combined. Add in the eggs, vanilla, yogurt, buttermilk and tequila and mix on low until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add the flour mixture, mixing on low until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the lime zest and juice.

Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tin, filling the liners evenly to about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool before removing from liners.

Just before frosting, brush each cupcake with tequila!  

Tequila Lime Buttercream Directions:

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, starting your mixer on low and increasing to high with each addition. Add the lime zest, juice, tequila and vanilla extract, mixing on high speed for about 3-4 minutes. Add additional cup of powdered sugar if necessary. Taste! If you'd like the frosting to taste even more like lime, add additional zest!

Sprinkle sea salt on the top of each frosted cupcake, and garnish with sprinkles and a lime wedge. I used these sprinkles from Sweets and Treats!

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Earl Grey Madeleines

Earl Grey Madeleines


Light, soft and bursting with flavor, these earl grey madeleines are a fun and easy dessert that everyone will enjoy. With a hint of earl grey and sprinkling of fresh lemon, these are a perfect cookie to serve alongside tea or coffee.


Somewhere between a cake and a cookie, madeleines are a light, pillowy and almost feminine cookie that are perfect for teas, brunches, or a special dessert! While they seem fancy, madeleines are actually incredibly easy to make (and even easier to eat!). 


Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 lemon, zested
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon earl grey tea leaves
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

Whisk together dry ingredients, flour through salt. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar together with a hand mixer until light, about 5 minutes.  Add zest. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed. Add the butter in two batches, mixing on the lowest speed until just combined. Gently fold in earl grey tea leaves.

Press plastic wrap to the surface of the batter, and then cover the top of the bowl again in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight - this is important so your madeleines develop that characteristic hump.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Grease madeleine pan with baking spray (I like this coconut oil one). Fill each well with 1 tablespoon batter. Don't worry about spreading the batter throughout the well, it will do that on its own when it bakes. Bake in the preheated oven 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, and then remove from pan. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my favorite muffins of all time. Their flavor is light, with just a hint of bright citrus, with a fluffy almost cake-like consistency. Pure perfection.

Whip up a batch of these easy homemade muffins for a fun weekend treat, and after school snack for the kids, or for breakfast slathered in delicious lemon curd!



When I set out to make these muffins, I knew two things. First: the lemon needed to be present, but not overpowering. Second, they needed to be moist (sorry, it's late as I write this and I can't think of another word).

There's lemon in both the muffins themselves, and also in the glaze. I love that it's fairly subtle, and the glaze is really where you get that zesty lemon flavor. Don't skip the glaze, it's so easy to make and really makes all the difference!

As for moisture, that comes from a few different places. First, I love using buttermilk and yogurt in baking. If you look through my recipes, you'll notice that a lot. The reason is that dry baked goods are my worst nightmare, and buttermilk and yogurt (or sour cream) are a baker's best friend! Plus with all the flavor options of yogurt it's a fun way to add extra subtle vanilla or honey flavors. I also used half brown sugar in this recipe, because brown sugar holds moisture better than granulated sugar on its own. So, there you have it.



Ingredients: 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla full-fat yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
Juice and zest of two lemons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line a muffin tin, and set aside. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and eggs. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. Add the melted butter, and mix until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the greased/lined muffin tin, filling each well all the way to the top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick come out with moist crumbs.

For the glaze: Add the powdered sugar to a small bowl. Add the lemon juice a tablespoon at a time, until all of the powdered sugar is dissolved, and it's the consistency of a thick paste. If you want your glaze to be super lemony, stir in lemon zest.

*Note: Allow the muffins to cool before unwrapping them if you've opted to use liners, as warm muffins have a tendency to stick! (If you can resist!)










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Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake


If you're a fan of cookies and cream ice cream, you have got to try this cookies and cream cake! Rich, dense and full of cookie goodness, this cake is what dreams are cookie lovers' dreams are made of! The cake is made with cream cheese, giving that characteristic vanilla cream taste, cookies baked into the cake and pureed into the frosting, and covered with chocolate ganache. Every bite will send your taste buds into a tizzy!


I love fun and unique cake flavors. You can obviously tell that by looking through all of my cake recipes here! It's just so much fun to serve guests a cake they can't find in the average bakery. What's especially great about this cake recipe is that it's really easy! An easy recipe that will impress guests? That's what I'm all about!



Cake Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (I used Tillamook)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups oreos, roughly chopped

Frosting Ingredients: 

2 cups butter, softened
5-6 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup finely crushed oreos (I crushed mine in the food processor)

Ganache Ingredients: 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease and line three 6" cake pans. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and beat until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. Add the cream cheese and buttermilk, mixing until all ingredients have come together. The batter may look piecey at this stage, which is ok!

Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. Stir in the oreos by hand with a spatula, making sure they're evenly distributed within the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pans, and bake about 38-42 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and then add the vanilla extract. Add the finely crushed oreos, starting the mixer on low and increasing the speed to high for about 3 minutes. If the frosting is too wet, add another cup of powdered sugar. If it's too dry, add a tablespoon of heavy cream.

For the ganache: Heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl for about a minute, or until the chocolate chips are completely melted. Allow to cool slightly, and then drizzle down the sides of the cake, finishing by covering the top of the cake as well. Let set in the fridge until hardened before adding any frosting decorations on top.




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