As many of you know, I’ve recently moved to Dublin and so far I’ve been living the dream :) Probably my perspective would be slightly different if the weather wasn’t that gorgeous but officially spring has landed and I am making the most of it!
And it was that last sunny Saturday that inspired me to bake something funny and…flowery :)
So here it is: Flower Power Spring cake recipe, directly from tiny kitchen in Killiney :)
To make this amazingly delicious and fresh cake you need:
For the sponge:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/3 cup of milk
1 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
For the frosting:
3/4 cup of full fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup of icing sugar
Here is how to make the Flower Power Spring Cake, which I would do again in a heartbeat, it’s that goooood :)
Beat the butter and caster sugar until fluffy. Next, add 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Now, separate eggs but do reserve the whites. Then add egg yolks to the sugar mixture and beat until creamy.
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and baking powder; add alternately with milk to egg yolk mixture. Now mix in everything to the batter.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease an 8 inch baking pan. I used the round one.
Now, in a separate bowl, beat whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff. Next, fold egg whites into batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
To prepare frosting: combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter, fresh lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar and beat at low speed just until blended, do not overbeat as I did once ;)
When your cake is cool completely, cut it in half horizontally.
Spread half the frosting over the base, then put the other half on top and spread the remaining mix over.
Finally, decorate with edible flowers. If you can’t get them, scatter over the blueberries.
Hope you’ll like it folks! Your thoughts are most welcome!