Monday, May 21, 2012

LEMONADE LAYER CAKE FOR YOUR SUMMERTIME TEA


This weekend I decided to make a lovely cake I had seen on a favorite blog: Tea at Primrose Hill where Sheri shares her favorite recipes.  If you are planning some backyard gatherings this summer - this lovely Lemonade Layer Cake is perfect.  Just don't leave it out in the hot sun.  This is her recipe below and also a view of the robin's nest on the arbor near my front porch:






This cake has a neufchatel icing (like softer cream cheese)  so it needs to be refrigerated.










Lemonade Layer Cake from:  http://cuppatea4sheri.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemonade-layer-cake.html 

Ingredients:  6 tablespoons butter, softened,  1-1/3 cups sugar,  3 tablespoons thawed lemonade concentrate,   2 tablespoons grated lemon peel,  2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 egg whites,   2 cups all-purpose flour,   1 teaspoon baking powder,  1/2 teaspoon baking soda,   1/4 teaspoon salt,   1-1/4 cups buttermilk

FROSTING:  1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened, 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons thawed lemonade concentrate,  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add the lemonade concentrate, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Coat two 9-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray and dusted with flour. Pour batter to prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the lemon peel, lemonade concentrate and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. 







A nice pot of black hot tea is perfect with this 
sweetness of this cake!












My clematis are just beginning to bloom:




I am linking this blog to Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and you would enjoy visiting them both!


Please come back Wednesday and join me for Tea in the Garden!


I am also sharing this link with Rattlebridge Farm and their Foodie Friday Celebration!

21 comments:

Zinnia said...

The cake looks wonderful yummy out. Your decorations are beautiful. with lemon cest and wedges of lemon. Are the leaves of lemon balm? So incredibly cute teapot, including blue tits. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your tea time and your flowers looks wonderful!

That cake looks SO GOOD!!

Susan W said...

The cake looks so delicious! I'm going to be trying it soon. I'm new to your blog-but I visit your store every time I'm in Colorado Springs and always come away with such nice things. I would love for you to sign me up for your June drawing. Thanks again.
Susan White

Rizzi said...

A VERY PRETTY POST BERNIDEEN...YOUR CAKE IS A MASTERPIECE....JUST BEAUTIFUL....AND I BET DELICIOUS TOO.....LOVE YOUR TEAPOT...JUST LOVELY.....HAVE A NICE WEEK.....RIZZI

Linda said...

Bernideen your cake looks lovely. Lemon is one of my favorites. I even make lemon pie but have not tried a cake. Please enter me in your fun tea gift giveaway! Thank you , I am enjoying your web page! Pertty pictures to give more ideas for me to tablescape.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love your tea setting and your clematis is gorgeous! The cake looks so invitingly delicious! A wonderful tea time post as always!
Ruth

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yum! Bernideen, your cake looks so good! That's a pretty teapot with the sweet birds on it and your teacups are lovely. My tulips are finally up and I'm so happy to look out my window and find them brightening up the garden! Thank you for joining me for tea today.

Blessings,
Sandi

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
thank you for this yummy recipe. The cake looks great and mouth watering. And it is surely perfect for tea. I don't get tired to tell you how wonderful your china is. This pattern with little birds is so charming. How cute that the robin made its nest near your porch. I wonder, if there are sine dangerous animals? Whats about the squirrels? Don't they eat eggs, too? The eggs are so wonderful robinblue.
Best greetings, Johanna

kitty said...

Mmmmmmmm this looks perfect for a summer dessert and with a cup of tea...ahhhhh!!!

Beth said...

The cake is gorgeous! Your clematis are really pretty too. Have a great week!
Blessings,Beth

[email protected] upon a rose haven said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your Lemonade Layer Cake looks so delicious... Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!
Blessings, Wendy

Aledia said...

That cake looks so delish!
Beautiful teapot and lovely flowers.

Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week!

(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

oh those cups! gorgeous..
and the cake ~ yikes! i am reading these posts at the WRONG time !...
thank you for the recipe too!

EllenaElizabeth said...

That cake sounds delish! I love lemons for cakes and desserts, they're my faves.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
Thanks for sharing your lemonade cake recipe. It looks delicious. I love your flowers...so pretty. Have a wonderful week.
Lisa
~hugs~

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen,
Your lemonade cake sounds perfectly refreshing for these warmer days! My husband would just love it! I like anything with lemons! Love your teapot is beautiful. My clematis is done - now I am waiting for the Morning Glory to catch up - hopefully someday the Moonflowers too!
I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

June said...

Your cake looks so YUM Bernideen! Thank you so much for sharing Sheri's recipe!

Your clematis are so beautiful! I love photos from your garden.
sending hugs...

Angela McRae said...

My goodness, you have me lusting over something lemony now! Your cake looks gorgeous and sounds delicious!!!

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2012 said...

Oh! it turned out just lovely! I wish I was there to have tea with you! have a wonderful day Bernideen! :)

mbdang said...

Your cake looks delicious! What a perfect tea setting! :)

Lady Linda said...

Oh, I can just taste that cake! YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!