Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lemon Lavender Summer Fruit Cake


When I'd first heard about the wonderfully casual baking group called #baketogether that cookbook author Abby Dodge had started, I simply knew I had to be a part of it.  Here's how this super fun and laid back baking group works in case you want to join in on the fun too.

First, Abby selects the recipe and posts it on her blog. Then she so kindly encourages the participating bakers to play with it and make it our own.  Abby also allows us to add the recipe in it's entirety  to our blog, whether we've changed it up or not. Sa-weet!  This is so unlike other groups I've been involved with and I find very fun and refreshing.  After all, what good is a recipe blog if you're unable to post the actual recipe?  I do believe that #baketogether is my kind of group!

So then, here is my take on the original Summer Fruit Cake ~ Your Way . As soon as I saw the recipe, I knew exactly what I was going to do to make it my own, and I don't mind telling you ~  It was luscious!!!

LEMON LAVENDER SUMMER FRUIT CAKE     {PRINT THIS RECIPE}

1 1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (brought to room temperature)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped edible lavender (flower tops only)

For the topping:
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Making sure your oven rack is positioned in the middle.
-Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9x2 inch round cake pan.  Lightly flour the sides and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended. 
- In another large bowl, beat the butter, and the sugar with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Blend on medium high speed approximately 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed until just blended.
- Add the lemon zest , vanilla and lemon juice and blend to combine.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients and the sour cream alternately into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
- Fold in the chopped lavender.
- Add the batter into your prepared pan and spread it evenly.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- After you put the cake in the oven, make the topping.
- Combine the raspberries, sugar, lemon zest and flour into a small bowl.
- Using a fork, carefully mix the ingredients together to evenly coat the fruit and lightly crush the berries.
- Add the blueberries to the mix and gently shake to coat with the sugar and flour mixture.  Do not stir at this point because you don't want to break apart your blueberries and turn your fruit mixture totally blue in color.
- After baking 15 minutes, remove your cake from the oven and scatter the fruit mixture evenly over the top of the cake.
- Sprinkle the additional sugar evenly over the entire surface of the cake.
- Return your cake to the oven and continue baking and additional 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Transfer your cake to a rack and cool 15 minutes.
- Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake.
- Using a plate, place it on top of the cake and quickly and carefully turn your cake upside down.
*At this point, my son was standing next to me in the kitchen when I flipped the cake over and we both almost got knocked back with the wonderfully buttery and fruity aroma that wafted up at us! *swoon*
- Remove the parchment circle.
- Using your serving plate, place it on top of the cake and quickly and carefully turn your cake upside down once again to get make the fruit topping side your presentation side.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Sit back and relax with this wonderfully light tasting and flavorful cake.
- Savor each and every bite.









Lemon Lavender Summer Fruit Cake Recipe




Lemon Lavender Summer Fruit Cake Recipe

IF (big if) you have any leftovers, you can store this cake in plastic wrap on the counter for up to 5 days.

Thank you Abby for starting this wonderful #baketogether group.  I'm excited to be a part of this terrific group of bakers and work from your wonderfully inspiring recipes!

A special wink and a nod goes out to Barb. I always enjoy our conversations on twitter!

Until we eat again!

6 comments:

  1. Renée, I am glad after all our pleading that you decided to join in. Just because Abby's recipe is for 10, doesn't mean you have to make it that big! I made one that barely served 4 (challenging math!) and it was just as good.

    I am really enjoying the flavours of your cake - looks absolutely scrumptious and I am pleased to see the texture of yours similar to mine! Hope you will continue to be part of #baketogether!

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  2. This is such a fun event and I so love Abby's recipes! I just made mine this week, also using raspberries and blueberries but no lemon. Love your version as both the lemon and lavender add a summery touch. This cake stayed perfect all week! Your cake is so beautiful!

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  3. I don't recall pleading so much as just lots of assurances that you could do it...and you did!

    Don't you just love the combination of lemon and lavender? I had lavender bushes for years before trying them for anything culinary and now...I have half a dozen so I can use them a lot but still have them stay pretty too!

    Makes my mouth water...yes it does!

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  4. How amazing does this cake look?? I love baking with lavender, and I just happen to have a ton of fresh berries leftover from my ffwD disaster. Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Lavender, lemon and berries make for a heavenly combination. I bet this cake didn't last very long in your house, it sure wouldn't in mine! Really enjoyed your lovely post.

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  6. wow! I love your take on this recipe!! It looks and sounds amazing! I can almost smell that lemon and lavender!

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Renee
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