Do you also bake your own birthday cake? I definitely did this year. When I saw this delicious blueberry lemon cake on the blog Knusperstübchen (in German) I knew this was going to be my birthday cake. Especially since I hadn’t eaten any sweets in week. I wanted to indulge in this beauty. Obviously I had to tweak the recipe a bit. But when I finally digged into the first piece, there was silence. Silence for a full piece of cake, this is how good the cake was. This is a super moist blueberry lemon cake as it contains a lot of fresh blueberries. I also like the fact that so much lemon zest and lemon juice is used in both, the cake and also the cream.
Is it already spring in your region? I currently live in Munich, in the south of Germany and just a few days ago we had heavy snowfall. Today the sun is shining brightly but it is brisk and cold outside. I feel that the snowdrops and crocus are all confused as to whether spring is actually around the corner or not. But be it as it may, I decided to introduce some refreshing lime bars, which are definitely going to bring spring to your plate. I love the fact that they are super easy to prepare, you don’t need a lot of ingredients and that you can serve them for Easter, brunch or anything that needs to be brigthened by some fresh yellow color. Also, these will intensify in flavor on day 2 or 3, so perfect if you want to make them in advance.
I decided I needed a super simple and quick recipe. There have been too many complicated ones recently. We simply don’t have time to be in the kitchen for so long, especially if it is supposedly made from scratch. How about these delicious lime bars? You can also make them with lemon or any other citric fruit. I love them with lime. The shortcrust is not prepared the regular way with cold butter, but don’t despair, melting the butter is actually what makes this so easy to prepare. And the lime curd is also done in a jiffy, you basically whisk together all ingredients and that’s it. Let the oven do the hard work.
I want spring! How about you? Can I interested you in a bluberry lemon cupcake with lemon frosting? I can assure you, with this cupcake you will invite the colors and scent of spring onto your plate. These lemon cupcakes are moist, tart, and have blueberries as an extra bonus. You can omit the blueberries, but I just love the combination of lemon with blueberries. The frosting is prepared with cream cheese and flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice. This cupcake is perfect for any occasion, be it for a birthday, coffee invte, or for Sunday guests. They can be prepared beforehand, but also don’t take that much time to prepare fresh.
I can’t believe that 2018 is almost over, so many things happened! I distinctly remember my bike accident I had in April. It included hemorrhage, hospitalization and a long road to recovery. I am extremely grateful that I have fully recovered and don’t have any permanent damage. For this really is a miracle. For that reason we had to celebrate here on the blog, we made a gigantic cookie with a cookie monster on top, you will find the recipe here. Or the fact that we are actually moving back to Munich from Hamburg. I am not from Munich originally, but happened to live there for three years some time ago. I am excited to be moving back and see what 2019 will have in store.
Ok, so this elderflower and lemon wedding cake is completely spur-of-the moment and unlike me. I am usually not that girly type of girl, sorry, you know, like pink, sprinkles, princess, etc. But somehow when I watched Meghan and Harry getting married, I was touched. And I felt like making their weddding cake, a very small version of course. Especially since elderflowers are finally blossoming here in the north of Germany. We seem to always be lagging behind, whereas in London apparently they are in full blossom, they are only starting here. So I decided to make my own elderflower syrup and give this wedding cake a go.
Mind you, this is my very first three-tier cake and no, it is not the original recipe, I deviate in many aspects. It is simply a wedding cake inspired by Meghan’s and Harry’s wedding cake and since the top tier actually was baked in a muffin tin, you can probably imagine it to only feed about 12 people or so. The bottom cake is a 24cm (9inch) cake tin, the top is only a cupcake. A mini version, yet a celebration of these flavors nonetheless. Elderflower and lemon, sweet versus tart, white and yellow happily married in this symphony of spring.
Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing lemon soufflé. If you want to get all fancy like me, you can also serve the soufflé inside a lemon. It gives this dish its extra tangy flavor and will definitely be a crowd-stopper.
I created this dish originally for my blog event “Colorful Food”. I basically invite you to bake/cook a dish in one rainbow color, either red, pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple or green. For further details please check here. Today obviously the color is YELLOW!
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Apparently I am into lemon flavor. This is not the first lemon recipe I have posted here. If you love anything with lemon, be sure to check out the recipes at the end of this post, it includes double lemon cupcakes, pavlova with lemon curd, the classic lemon tartelette from France and other treats. Well, maybe I should clarify, I love lemon flavor, but my husband is obsessed with it. So that’s why I decided to go with yet another lemon recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie!
This year for Easter I decided to prepare something dreamy and airy. What better option than to go with pavlova? I went for a pavlova with lemon curd and fresh fruits. Never heard of pavlova? According to my research this dish is seen as the national dish of either Australia or New Zealand, both countries are still fighting about that. In the 1920’s the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited both countries and this dish was invented in her honor. It contains a meringue base, which usually has the shape of a nest and is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
I think I have mentioned that Germans aren’t that much into cookies. Especially not in summer. But when I brought these Summer Lemon Cookies to work the other day, they were gone within minutes. Even I was a little surprised. Maybe it was because they are full of lemon flavor and you can definitely taste the cream cheese. Since they are rolled in sugar before baking, they have a nice crunchy touch, but are soft in the center. I don’t know. But what I do know is that these cookies are really easy to prepare and do NOT need to sit in the fridge to develop their flavor. You can whip them up in about 20 minutes from start to finish.
If you are more of a chocolate person, you may enjoy these Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Pour about 50 grams of regular sugar in a small container. Set aside. Cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer for about two minutes, then add 100 grams of sugar and mix one more minute. Add the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and either mix on low or using a wooden spoon until combined. Roll balls of dough in the size of a walnut and roll in prepared sugar afterwards. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies will flatten out slightly. Gently press down each cookie with the bottom part of a glass. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cookies can be kept in an air-tight container for a few days.
Summer Lemon Cookies
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside.
Pour about 50 grams of regular sugar in a small container. Set aside.
Cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer for about two minutes, then add 100 grams of sugar and mix one more minute. Add the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and either mix on low or using a wooden spoon until combined.
Roll balls of dough in the size of a walnut and roll in prepared sugar afterwards. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies will flatten out slightly. Gently press down each cookie with the bottom part of a glass. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Cookies can be kept in an air-tight container for a few days.
I am taking this cookie also to the link party Fiesta Friday.
So which cookie is your favorite in summer?
I love lemon. I always have. I like the smell, the taste, the color. Probably one of the reasons why I chose a lemon tart as my first blog entry. The good thing is that my husband also loves lemon. He is the citric guy anyway. He also enjoys oranges, limes, and grapefruit. The whole package. Even more the reason to try a recipe with a citric fruit. Why not go with a lemon recipe? So here I was looking for something lemony and then I found a delicious lemon cupcake recipe on an Austrian blog. From Kevin who owns the site Law of Baking (German) and who posted this delicious recipe as a guest on the site Ginger in the Basement (in German).