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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Pavlina's Marble Cake with Blueberries and Chocolate Chips

There's nothing better than homemade cake, is there? Back in 2011 I posted a recipe for Pavlina's Christmas Cake. I eat that cake every year on December 25th for breakfast. Lina is our friend, next-door neighbour, and someone who has become part of our family. We celebrate all the holidays together. 

In early June, Lina and her boys showed up at our door with this beautiful marble cake to surprise one of my girls on her 10th birthday. She shared the recipe with us on her Facebook page (Lina's Decor). I quickly snapped a few photos before the cake was devoured by the kidlets.




Pavlina's Marble Cake with Blueberries and Chocolate Chips
Recipe by Lina's Decor
Makes 12-16 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup unflavoured oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar together until combined.
  3. Whisk in the milk, oil and vanilla.
  4. In the same bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir just to combine.
  5. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour 3/4 of the mixture into the prepared pan.
  7. Arrange the blueberries or any other fruit you may want to use on the top of the batter in the pan (don’t press them in).
  8. Mix 1/4 cup of cocoa powder with the remaining 1/4 of the batter. Swirl it slightly into the vanilla batter.
  9. Bake for around 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan for another 30 minute before turning out onto a serving dish.
  11. Allow to cool before decorating. 
Tips:
  • To decorate, use a confectioners' sugar/milk glaze, melted chocolate, sifted powdered sugar or any other decor you like. Lina used sprinkles and candy balls to make her cake look pretty.

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