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Lemon Bundt Cake with Simple Lemon Syrup Recipe

Lemon Bundt Cake with Simple Lemon Syrup - Delicious Recipe
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 2 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
  • juice from 2 lemons (1/3 cup fresh juice)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 c. sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • Lemon Syrup: 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice + 1/2 cup sugar (Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely).
  • Optional: confectioner’s sugar for garnish

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a Bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, lemon zest, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on med-high speed until light and fluffy, 4-5 mins. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each is added; mix in lemon juice.

With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until incorporated (do not overmix).

Spoon batter into buttered/floured pan and smooth with a rubber spatula. Firmly tap pan on a work surface to level batter.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean; 55-60 min (if cake browns too quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil). Let cake cool in pan 30 minutes, then place on cooling rack.

Before serving, poke holes all over the cooled cake, and brush with lemon syrup. If the cake does not absorb all the syrup at once, allow to sit 15-20 mins before adding any remaining syrup.

To store, wrap in plastic and keep at room temp up to 3 days. Good luck not eating the whole thing by then, ha!

recipe adapted from marthastewart.com

12 cup Bundt Pan

Lemon Bundt Cake with Simple Lemon Syrup

Flourless Chocolate Torte - springform cake pan recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or as I like to call it, almost my birthday, haha. Here’s a flourless chocolate torte I adapted from Epicurious; a decadent concoction called La Bete Noire (“The Black Beast”). Instead of topping the torte with a ganache I used whipping cream and cocoa powder.

This can be made a couple of days ahead of time; just keep it covered in the fridge.

Flourless Chocolate Torte Recipe - made in a springform cake pan

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 9 Tbs (1 stick + 1 Tbs) unsalted butter, diced
  • 18 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c. whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa
  • 10-in diameter springform pan
  • parchment paper
  • heavy-duty foil
  • large roasting pan

For cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper; butter parchment.

Wrap 3 layers of heavy-duty foil around outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim.

In a small sauce pan, combine 1 c. water and 3/4 c. sugar. Bring to boil over med heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 mins then remove from heat.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar syrup into chocolate; cool slightly. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan in roasting pan then add hot water until water comdes halfway up sides of cake pan.

Bake cake 50 minutes, or until firm (center should no longer move when pan is gently shaken).

Remove from water bath; transfer to rack. Cool completely in pan.

For frosting:

Beat cream until slightly thickened. Gradually add sugar, vanilla and cocoa. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of cake.

Refrigerate cake in pan until serving. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake then release sides. Slice and serve.

No Flour Chocolate Torte Recipe - baked in a springform cake pan

Set up a station before Christmas or Birthday Parties - tools, box cutter, batteries, etc so you're not running all over the place once the kids start unwrapping

Every year on Christmas morning, from a giant pile of wrapping paper and tissue paper, we hear “Mom can you open this?” and “this needs batteries,” and “here’s some trash.” This year we’ll be ready. I set up a little station by the tree with trash bags, a box for recycle, tools like box openers, screwdrivers, and pliers, and mass quantities of batteries (separated into gallon ziplock bags by size). This would also work for birthday parties, or showers — add a pen and paper to record gifts for thank you notes later. Happy Holidays!

Assemble the Minions!!! Here are a couple of DIY ideas for birthday parties: personalized water bottle labels, and healthy Minion bananas.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

DIY personalized water bottles

 

Our daughter celebrated the big #4 with a gymnastics party, and a Despicable Me theme: minions and unicorns. I made some personalized water bottle labels, with just printer paper and packaging tape. And banana minions with printed overalls and goggles. Here’s what I did….

In Microsoft Word I made some rectangles sized to the water bottle labels, and added some images to go with our theme. I printed them out, and attached them to the water bottles with packaging tape.

DIY personalized water bottles

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for parties, picnics, or birthdays - just printer and packaging tape

 

DIY personalized water bottle labels - customize with your theme - birthday parties - picnics - graduation

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for birthdays, graduation, parties, etc

I printed some Minion overalls and goggles, then taped them on to bananas. We ended up with a lot of leftover bananas after the party, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread AND dried some banana slices in our dehydrator.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

Our little guy turned two!

Here’s a quick topping I put on his cake using just waxed paper and sprinkles:

Awesome tip: Use waxed paper and sprinkles for an easy cake topping!

Here’s what I did:

1. Print out a number (I used Microsoft Word), sized to the top of the cake

2. Trace the outline on waxed paper with a Sharpie

3. Using scissors or an x-acto knife, cut out the number, to make a stencil

4. Place waxed paper stencil on frosting

5. Top with sprinkles

6. Remove waxed paper

Make a stencil out of waxed paper for an easy numbered cake topper!

Use waxed paper as a stencil for a numbered cake topper!

Make a numbered cake topper with waxed paper and sprinkles.

Make a numbered cake topper with just waxed paper (as a stencil) and sprinkles!

 

Also, check out…

DIY Fabric Party Hat with Pom Pom Topper

DIY Paper Pennant Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Shoot

DIY Photo Background

 

1st birthday photo shoot idea - paper pennant banner, big bowl of Os

I took a few photos for our littlest guy’s 1st birthday. I set him up in our dining room to use the floor and the wall as a backdrop, and made sure we were close to the windows to get lots of awesome natural light.

For a simple background I hung up the paper party banner that I made, and for about 3.5 seconds (ha!) I was able to get a couple of shots with the fabric party hat I also made.

 1st birthday photo shoot - giant bowl of Os

pennant banner

I’m making a few things for our Little Guy’s 1st Birthday.

I started with a fabric party hat, and made a matching pennant banner with cardstock paper and a clothesline rope.

Here’s what I used…

SUPPLIES:

  • scrapbook paper or cardstock
  • paper hole punch
  • string or rope (I used a 3/16″ braided clothesline)
  • optional – paper trimmer (for cutting triangles)
  • scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make a triangle-shaped template. I printed a triangle shape from Microsoft Word then cut it out.
  2. Trace triangle shapes on the paper/cardstock. I traced them on the back of the paper so the lines wouldn’t show.
  3. Cut out the triangles and punch a hole in each top corner.
  4. Thread the string/rope through the holes and hang.

triangle template

scrapbook paper

outline on the backs of the paper

punch holes in the 2 top corners of each triangle

pennant banner front and back

paper pennant banner

birthday hat

I made a birthday hat for our Little Guy’s 1st Birthday!

I attached fabric to a paper party hat, and also a pom pom that I made out of yarn and a fork.

Using the colors of the fabric as inspiration I made a paper pennant banner party decoration as well.

Here’s what I did:

wash & iron fabric (I used a fat quarter)

I washed, dried, and ironed some polka dot fabric. (this was a fat quarter).

template

I used a paper birthday hat as a template to determine how much fabric to attach.

trace around template

I traced around the paper hat so that the “right” side of the fabric would attach to the white side of the hat (leaving the black part of the hat on the inside).

attached with spray adhesive

I used spray adhesive on the back of the fabric and the white side of the paper hat then stuck them together.

I rolled the hat into a cone shape, and attached the bottom edge with 2 staples. Then I hot glued the rest of the seam up to the top.

I rolled the hat into the cone shape, and attached the bottom edge with 2 staples. Then I hot glued the rest of the seam up to the top.

hot glue

After stapling, I hot glued up the seam, and attached a yarn pom pom that I had previously made: https://recipebookandmore.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/yarn-pompoms/

attached elastic string

I also hot glued the elastic string to the inside of the hat.

fabric party hat with yarn pom pom

Ta Da!

When I was little one of my favorite things about going to a wedding was the cream cheese mints at the reception afterward! I’m not sure if it was a 1980s thing or what, but there were always plates full of pastel colored mints molded into pink colored roses and mint green leaves.

Recently the kiddos and I tried a creamy mint recipe from http://kitchentrialanderror.blogspot.com

We added some turquoise food coloring and they looked like they came straight from Tiffany’s. Instead of placing them in molds, you can form them into balls, then roll them in sugar and press into disks. Also you can store ’em in the refrigerator for 4+ weeks (though if you’re like us they’ll be gobbled up in just a few days).

cream cheese mints: make in advance and store in fridge for 4 weeks.

WHAT YOU NEED:
3 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 t. mint extract
food coloring
4 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar

WHAT TO DO:
Beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the mint and food coloring then mix until blended. Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 c. at a time until it forms a stiff mixture. Form balls with about 1/2 tsp of the mixture, then roll in sugar and flatten with the tines of a fork. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.