Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blueberry Orange Streusel Cake

I came across this recipe after just purchasing a bunch a big, juicy blueberries from Trader Joe's.  I didn't want a recipe that would use all of them up at one time since I wanted to also enjoy snacking on them and I love to have them in cereal too!  This recipe fit the bill since it only used 1 cup...and it's a good cake too.  Don't leave out the orange rind either...it really boosts up the flavor!

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
finely grated rind of 1/2 orange
1/2 cup ground almonds (I omitted this)
1 generous cup of blueberries

Topping

1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp sugar
finely grated rind of 1/2 orange

Preheat over to 325 degree F.  Grease a 9 in springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

For the topping, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork to make a crumbly mixture.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.   Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then add the orange rind, ground almonds (if using), and half the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smooth level with a spatula and sprinkle with the remaining blueberries.  Spread the crumble topping evenly over the top, covering completely.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until risen, firm and golden brown.  Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Enjoy!!!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Key Lime Cake

It feels good to post on my blog again...it's been way too long since I posted a recipe.  I've missed trying new recipes.  For whatever reason, I just hadn't felt like trying  new recipes.  I mainly cooked and baked familiar recipes.  Old recipes....boring recipes!

This cake is funky looking.  It didn't look funky on Anna's blog.  In fact, it looked very pretty. But I am not much of a cake decorator and I have thought of taking a Wilton's Cake Decorating class but I just keep thinking I would rather just practice myself.  It's just a matter of time to decide to do just that!  Anyhow, the cake looks funky but tastes delicious. Love, love, love lime.....When I saw how green it looked I was tempted to make an orange colored frosting.  Would have been great for Halloween!  It's a super easy recipe since it starts with a cake mix, and you know you can't go wrong from there.

Enjoy!

1 box Lemon Cake Mix (16.5 oz Duncan Hines)
3 oz package of lime Jell-O
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup orange juice
4 large eggs

Flavor Enhancing Glaze
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice or bottled Key Lime juice
4 - 6 Tbsp powdered sugar

Frosting
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
14 - 16 oz non dairy whipped topping (I used about 8 oz and used 1/4 cup butter

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour 3 8 inch round cake pans.  I used 2 9 inch pans.
Mix the cake mix, Jell-O, oil, orange juice and eggs in a large bowl and beat well with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.  Pour into pans and bake for approximately 20 -23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pans, then remove from pans.   Mix together the lime juice and powdered sugar and spoon over the cake.  Let cakes cool completely.
To make frosting, mix together cream cheese and butter and beat until blended.  Add sugar and beat until smooth.  Fold in the whipped topping.  Spread over top of the cake and stack on top of one another and spread over top and sides completely.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Favorite of Mine!

I miss my blog....I miss posting more frequently.  I've been baking and cooking things I've already posted so there really is not much to post. Sooooo.....here is a favorite of mine....Snow Balls!!!!  Or as this picture says - Glo Balls!  Really, they are too much!  These are my junk food weakness!  What is your junk food weakness?