Monday, March 28, 2011

Another Birthday? (Raspberry Lemonade Cake)

Yes, I baked THREE birthday cakes in one weekend.  One for Nik on Friday, one for Michaela on Saturday, and one for Lisa on Sunday.  I hate March.  There are too many birthdays.  Needless to say, after a very busy weekend of cake baking and celebrating, I was exhausted, and not 100% devoted to this cake.  However, I wasn't going to let Lisa's birthday slip away without giving her a birthday cake.

When I thought about what kind of cake to make for Lisa, I had to think about what kind of person she is.  Lisa is a very happy girl with a very calm demeanor.  On occasion you see her a little stressed out, but for the most part, she's pretty peaceful.  Her personality kind of reminds me of springtime.  When I thought about what flavors go along with spring, I decided on a Raspberry Lemonade cake.

Raspberry Lemonade Cake: Lemon Cake filled with Raspberry Jam, topped with Raspberry Lemon Buttercream
Recipe adapted from Cherry Tea Cakes.
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbs lemon zest
3 large eggs
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 cups All-Purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk

In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar
Beat until smooth (not like this).  Add lemon zest and juice, then eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
In separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and beat on medium speed until smooth.
Pour into 2 well-greased and floured 9" cake pans and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.  Cool in pans on wire racks.

I was exhausted by the time it came to make the frosting at 8:30pm, so forgive me if I don't post it.  I combined the leftover lemon buttercream from Nik's cake with a small batch of new buttercream with 2 Tbs of raspberry jam mixed in.

Decorated with a raspberry drop and lemon peel petals
Inside the center was a thick layer of raspberry jam
I really feel badly for not putting my full heart and effort into this cake/post, but three cakes was probably too much for me in one weekend.  Not to mention the fact that my friend from home came to visit, and got sick, so I spent a considerable amount of time taking care of him.  I didn't exactly get my homework done, nor get enough sleep, and I woke up this morning with my friend's stomach bug.  Just my luck, right?

Hope your weekend was slightly less exhausting.

Love and cookies,


  1. hannah your cake looks lovely! i'm happy you enjoyed the recipe! :) and yes, 3 in one week is far too taxing! :)

  2. Every time I look at your blog, I think "YUM!"

    Your desserts look lovely!