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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lemon Cakes with Fresh Berries and Cream

 
I made these little cakes for this 4th of July because I was looking for a colorful, fresh fruity and not too much work dessert.  These fit the bill and turned out so pretty and festive.  The lemon cake has a nice moist and tender texture, it is sweet and just a little tart.  The fresh cream and mixed berries are the perfect complement for it.  

Ingredients 
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbsps unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 lg egg, room temp
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup chilled heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 6 compartment fancy bundt or brioche mold pan generously with baking spray.  
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and zest, set aside.
Beat together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on med speed about 2 minutes till fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Add milk and beat just until combined - scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed.  On low speed slowly add in flour and beat until combined.  Divide batter between molds about 3/4 full, this filled 5  of the molds for me.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cakes in pan for about 5 minutes, then turn out onto rack to finish cooling.
While the cakes cool use 1 cup of a combination of the berries and put in a food processor with 1 Tbsp sugar and pulse just a few times until fruit is just crushed.  Cover and chill.
Beat cream with remaining 2 Tbsp sugar using whisk attachment on a stand mixer at med-high until it just forms soft peaks.  Chill until ready to use.
Arrange cakes upside down on plates and top each with about 2 Tbsp whipped cream and 1 Tbsp crushed berries.  Scatter remaining berries over top and sides.  Serve remaining crushed berries on the side.
Recipe adapted from Gourmet July 2005

I used this pan, available here:
Nordic Ware Pro Cast Multi Mini Bundt Pan
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/B00006JSUM

 
Happy 4th of July!



3 comments:

  1. Hi Rosie, this is a beautiful looking cake and I love all the fresh fruit. Lovely.

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  2. What a gorgeous little fresh cakes my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. These are too cute. Great party dessert.

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