Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Haskap Buttercream

Cakes, Icing and Sauce | April 6, 2016 | By

So.  Again.  It’s been much too long.  I feel like that’s the song I always sing.  But, life gets ahead of you.  Plans change.  Seasons change.  And before you know it, almost a year has gone by since you’ve done a single, solitary blog post!

How can this be?!

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I’ve been doing some thinking in my brain (it’s really hard to make sense of what goes on there sometimes).  I’m thinking about evolving the blog a bit, which is why it has gone untouched for awhile.

Also, my dinosaur of a laptop died.  🙁  Wahhhhh.  A new one will hopefully be on the list of purchases for the next few months.

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Let’s get down to business.

There is good reason for this post today.  The cake – immaculate.  It looks soooo good.  It tastes even better!

I couldn’t let another recipe go by, unposted.  Especially this one.  Cake is kind of pound-cakey.  With a hint of lemon and lots of little poppy seeds, making for wonderful crunch.  The frosting!  It is smooth and sweet (like super sweet), with a haskap berry tang.

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I guess I should touch on haskap berries!  They’re high in anthocyanins, vitamin C, phenolic compounds and other antioxidants.  To me, it sounds like blueberries on steroids.  They’re a bit more sour than blueberries, and but are slightly more mellow.  Not sure if that makes sense…  My hubby says that they taste like a mix of blueberries and kiwi.  (But he’s weird, so who knows what they taste like to normal people!)

There’s a company in our area called Haskapa.  I used the jam that they sell in the buttercream.  🙂

There’s your lesson pour la jour.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Haskap Buttercream
BEST CAKE EVER. Do you need a better description than that?
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Cake
  1. 1 cup, plus 2 tbsp butter, softened
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  5. 2 tsp baking powder
  6. ½ tsp baking soda
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  9. 1½ c buttermilk, or 1 1/4 cup milk with 1/4 cup lemon juice
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 3 tbsp lemon juice
Haskap Buttercream
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 2-3 heaping tbsp haskap jam (depending on preference - I used 3)
  3. 2 tbsp milk
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 4 cups icing sugar
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until they're nice and fluffy (and yummy). Add the eggs, two at a time, and beat well. Add vanilla and lemon juice.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients. Alternate buttermilk and flour mixture, and mix until batter is light and soft-looking. It's really as easy as that!
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, and then check every 3 minutes for up to 12. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Haskap Buttercream
  1. Beat butter until creamy. Add in jam and vanilla. (You can always add more jam in later, if you want more yummmmmy taste.)
  2. Alternate icing sugar and milk, until you have a nice, rich buttercream. If it seems to runny, add more icing sugar. If it's too thick, add some more milk. Again. Super easy.
  3. Frost cake as you wish! (With ALL the icing!) Or leave some in the bowl to eat as a snack. You will need a glass of milk. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You could totally use blueberry jam, or something similar, if you don't have haskap.
Adapted from Oh Honey Bakes
Adapted from Oh Honey Bakes
Whisks and Wooden Spoons http://whisksandwoodenspoons.com/
 Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Haskap Buttercream

 

To the kids!  I couldn’t post after almost a year and not include some kids pictures, so here they be!

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Jude – The Easter Egg Fiend

 

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Cael – enjoying a nice sunny day. (Which are few and far between.)

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Briar. Growing up so much!

Fondant and a Wedding Cake

Spring is here (for today anyway)!  It’s sunny and a high of 12C.  Not warm to some of you, but it feels pretty great to me!

Wedding Cake

So this has been a long time coming.  I’ve been meaning to post it since early December, but of course, haven’t.  A friend of ours got married, just a small, very quaint wedding, and she asked me to make the cake.  Numero dos on the wedding cakes for me.  First one was for a friend in August, but that one was with buttercream.  This was my first attempt at fondant [EVER], and I made the fondant myself from scratch.  Which was pretty sweet, slightly nerve-wracking, and yummy!  I liked the taste quite a bit more than pre-made, bought fondant.

I used a pound cake recipe for the cake, and made 4 layers (2 bigger, 2 smaller).

Bottom layers

Then I made a peanut butter cream filling for in between layers.  Coated it with buttercream, and then layered the fondant on top.

Fondant, second layer

Then decorated with blue coloured buttercream.  It was quite the process, even for a small cake.

Wedding cake

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe

You can find one very similar to the one I used at HowDoesShe.  Check it.

Hats!

{Daddy and baby strutting their hats.}

Ivy’s Wedding Cake

Cakes | October 4, 2012 | By

I just thought I’d do a little post on the baking I did for my friend, Ivy’s, wedding.  It was in August, so this post is a tad late in coming.  But better late than never!  …Right?

Warning – there are going to be many photos in this post!  🙂  Enjoy!

She asked me to make her cake (I was honoured… and VERY nervous), and to make & decorate 50 cupcakes.  So I said sure!

It was a slightly crazy week.  We had decided to start ripping apart our bathroom, so all that was (… and still is) functional in our bathroom, was our toilet.  Bathtub gone, sink gone.  New drywall in, and floors and walls getting ripped up.  Window (which makes me cry to think about) ripped out (it was the only way to fit a shower in…).  And the groom stayed with us for the week before the wedding.  And then one of the groomsmen for a few nights.  On couches/the floor.  Poor guys.

Plus, of course, there were wedding preparations, rehearsals, spending time with the bride (as I hadn’t seen her for months!), and all the other routine things that happen everyday in my life.  Like, work, baby, family, cleaning, cooking, being preggo, etc, etc, etc.  It was actually a really great week.  I was exhausted by the end of the wedding, but it was definitely worth it.

So, here are a few pictures of the cake – it was based off of a cake we found on Pinterest (of course).  Ivy’s wedding colours were a mustardy-brown, seafoam green, and cream/white.  They turned out beautifully together, and the cake followed the theme.

It was a three-layered cake.  Two chocolate layers, sandwiching a vanilla layer.  With a mocha custard in between the bottom layers, and a deep, dark chocolate buttercream between the top two layers.

Then.

Buttercream frosting.  Seafoam, of course.  I got the perfect colour…  somehow.

Here is the imperfect crumb coat.  Good colour though, eh?

And now onto the details.  Also imperfect, but I wasn’t aiming on perfection.  So we’re all good.

Keep in mind – I was doing this the night before the wedding…. late.  And tired.  So.  I think it went fairly well considering.  I was almost expecting a breakdown and a spoon or two being launched across the kitchen, tears, screaming….  but I got it done.  First try.  And pretty happy with it too.

Just one more shot of the cake, I promise.  Then we’ll move onto cupcakes!

So, for cupcakes, we went with chocolate and white.  Simple.  50 of ’em.

Frosted with chocolate, seafoam, and coral buttercream.  Except in this buttercream, I used half shortening, half margarine.

I didn’t get any awesome pictures of the decorated cupcakes.  This will just have to do.

Here’s a picture of the lovely bride and her new beau, with her family, on the wedding day!

And some pictures of my little family (the lighting wasn’t great in the church at the reception, but they turned out pretty great anyhow).

Did I mention that I was a bridesmaid?  Great dress huh?  Cute little boy and handsome hubby too.

And at last – a photo of my baby bump.  This was at about 20 weeks.  I’m 26 weeks along now.  And bigger.

The dress did a great job of covering it.  Nobody would have even known I was pregnant unless I pulled it in tight below my stomach.

And last, but not least:

Baby and Mommy.

Thanks guys – hope you enjoyed!  Later days.

Mario Cake

Cakes | February 28, 2012 | By

So, it’s been a bit longer since my last post.  I’d really like to be able to post every day, but I just can never find time.  Ever wish there were a few extra hours in a day?  I’d love 3 or 4 extra hours.  You know what I’d do?  Bake, sew, knit, scrapbook… and READ.  I love to read.  In fact, I just finished (I couldn’t put it down… it only took me a few days) the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I read the first one in the series, and it was SO good.  I can’t wait to read the next two.  However, I’m in the middle of 2 or 3 other books, so I’d better wait.  It’s just so hard though!  I. Want. To. Read. The. Next. Book.      SO.      BAD!

Anyways, a few weeks ago, I posted a few cake posts.  Check out my KitKat birthday cake, and my rose birthday cake.  Since then, I’ve made another cake.  This one was a character cake for my hubby’s birthday.  He turned 22!  Old eh?  😉  Happy Birthday Babe!

It just so happens that he likes to play Super Smash Brothers with my younger brothers.  And I just so happened to have a Mario cake pan.  Therefore…. well, you know what happened…

Tada!  Super Mario!

Now, you can tell who he is here… right?  But when I first started, it was kind of scary.  First of all, how could this possibly be Mario?

But, after much time, effort [and frustration]… hemhem… Mario came to life.  My mother came to me when it was done and said, ‘So, it is Kirby?’  Which it most obviously is not.  But she enjoyed the exasperated look on my face, I’m sure.

After the cake was done, I made icing for it, and dyed it the colours I needed (Warning:red is HARD to achieve).  Then I coated the cake with a layer of white icing.  I then outlined my Mario and started to fill him in.  There are a LOT of little stars of icing on this guy!

I have to tell you though, the hardest part of this whole cake experience was cutting into it.  All the work…  Eaten.   At least it tasted good.  🙂

Cael enjoyed it too.  He loves EVERYTHING.

Back to cakes – I have done other cakes as well, and I’ll share those with you some day soon.  There are always so many things that I want to try and share with you, but again – never enough time.  Those who live close to me – need anything baked – call me.  I’d love to help you out (my dream is to bake for a living – wouldn’t that be great?).

By the way, any suggestions, questions, etc – please let me know!  Thanks for reading!  Hope you enjoyed!

Buttercream Icing and a Cake

Cakes, Icing and Sauce | February 18, 2012 | By

As I said on Thursday, here is my next cake post.  Last post, you saw my cake in the oven.  Here it is now, just about to be frosted:

Add another, layer, smoother on the frosting, and smooth it out.  Voila!  Next step accomplished!

Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – here’s the finished product!

Want a close up of those roses?  Not near as good as my teacher (my grandmother), but still pretty snazzy I think!

I made a white cake (family recipe) and just regular icing.

ICING (“Buttercream”)

1 1-kg bag of icing sugar

1 1-lb block of shortening

1 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp milk or water

Just beat all of these ingredients together.  If it’s too thick, add more liquid.  If it’s too runny, add more icing sugar.  Easy as pie (or cake… haha)!  This is a great recipe for decorating with.  Just add food colour to change it to whatever colour your heart desires (or your cake is in need of).

Do you ever get sick of cake?  Personally – no.  Well, depends on what kind of cake I suppose.  I’m personally not a fan of carrot cake, I think I’d literally get sick if I took a bite of one of those.  But any other type of cake (pretty well), I don’t even think it’s possible to get sick of it.  It’s a staple.  Didn’t you know that Canada’s Food Guide has an extra category for ‘Daily Cake Intake’?  (Not really, but I wish it were so!)

I LOVE to decorate cakes. I don’t do it often enough (therefore don’t get enough practice), and have a tendency to go too fast, but they seem to turn out alright.  I’d love to do it more often though.  Anybody need a cake?  Contact me.  Those in the local area anyways.  I have done a few different cakes.  I’ll share some pictures of past cakes/cupcakes soon!

So, my grandmother had asked me to make a cake for a combined birthday supper for my mother and her sister.  She said I ‘made them look better’.  When I arrived with the cake, she even told me it looked professional!  Wowzers.  My self-confidence blew right up at that one.  😉

There’s a story behind this.  My grandmother has decorated cakes for a long time as a side-income.  She was amazing at it.  She made my birthday cakes for me from the time I was 1, until I was 17.  Always sooo yummy, and always looked too good to eat.  She’s since had a few medical problems, so she doesn’t do it anymore, but I’ve inherited a lot of her tools  and her love for doing it.  Food really should be an art, and this is one way to express that.

Meet my Nannie.  She’s the best.

Random, yes.  But have you ever tried a dragon fruit?  They’re pretty good.  Kind of like a mild kiwi.  Not to mention, they look gorgeous.  I just couldn’t let this photo opportunity pass.

This week is my hubby’s birthday.  I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen for his birthday yet.   I’ve got planning to do.  But I’ll let you know once I figure it out…

Just a question…  Do you need something sweet after a meal?  Always seem to?  I do.