Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!


Celebrate America!! Fresh raspberries and sweet blueberries on top of a sweet vanilla cake, Stars and Stripes Forever! ~Amy

Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!

Recipe:

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt

Fresh Raspberries
Sweetened Whipped Cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Generously butter 8 cake pan. Evenly spread blueberries into the bottom of the tin. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar, sprinkle evenly with lemon zest. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Add baking powder, salt and flour and whisk until smooth.
Pour over the top of fruit and spread evenly to the edges with either a spatula or slightly wet finger tips.
Sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes in pan. Turn onto serving plate. When ready to serve:
Top with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Strawberry Frosted Whipped Cream Cake


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Nothing is better than a simple whipped cream cake! I have put a fresh Strawberry twist on this old fashioned classic! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry Frosted Whipped Cream Cake

Vanilla Cake
Strawberry Frosting
Whipped Cream
Fresh Strawberries

Vanilla Cake:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups Self Rising flour
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Line the bottom of 2 8 inch cake pans with parchment. Spray sides with non stick cooking spray.

With an electric mixer beat butter for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Slowly add the sugar and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time beating thoroughly after each one, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add vanilla, and mix well.

In a separate bowl whisk together flours. Add alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly into cake pans. Smoothing tops to finish. Place in the center of the oven and bake about 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and springs back when touched.
Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes in pan. Gently loosen sides, turn upside down onto parchment to finish cooling. Place in freezer for easy assembly.

To assemble:
Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of one layer. Top with whipped cream. Place cake layer on top and frost top and sides with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and frost with a final layer and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve:
Remove cake from refrigerator 5-10 minutes before serving and garnish top of the cake with fresh strawberries.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup chopped, or blended fresh strawberries

With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar, and milk until smooth. Add vanilla, beat again. Add remains sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in fresh strawberries, adding additional sugar if necessary.

Makes about 2 1/2-3 cups

Vanilla Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

With an electric mixer, beat all ingredients on high until soft peaks.

Makes 2 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Beautiful Little Bride’s Cake: Strawberry White Chocolate Truffle!


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Here comes the Bride! This beautiful little Bride’s cake is a new tradition! Rich vanilla cake, filled with a strawberry white chocolate ganache, iced with sweet buttercream, and topped with a beautiful bouquet! ~Amy

Beautiful Bride’s Cake:
Strawberry White Chocolate Truffle!

Wedding Cake:

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, room temperature
2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/4 cups Self Rising flour
1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Line the bottom of three 7 inch cake pans with parchment. Spray sides with non stick cooking spray.

With an electric mixer beat butter for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Slowly add the sugar and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time beating thoroughly after each one, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add vanilla, and mix well.

In a separate bowl whisk together flours. Add alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly into cake pans. Smoothing tops to finish. Place in the center of the oven and bake about 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and springs back when touched.
Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes in pan. Gently loosen sides, turn upside down onto parchment to finish cooling. Place in freezer for easy assembly.

Strawberry White Chocolate Truffle Filling:

1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
2 1/2-3 Tbsp strawberry preserves

Place chopped chocolate into a metal bowl.
In a saucepan bring cream to an almost boil. Pour over chocolate, and let set for about 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth. For a faster set. Place the bowl of chocolate and cream over an ice bath, and with an electric mixer whip to thick consistency. Add strawberry preserves and beat again until thick.

Vanilla Buttercream:

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk
9 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla

With an electric mixer, beat butter for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. Add 5 cups of the sugar and milk, beat on high until smooth. Scraping down sides as necessary. Add the vanilla, beat until smooth. Add additional sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

To assemble:

Trim frozen cake tops to make even.
Place bottom layer on cake plate, brush off crumbs. Evenly spread half of the filling on top, leaving a half inch border around edges. Brush second layer of crumbs and press gently on top of filling. Repeat.
Coat sides with a thin layer of frosting, using more on top. Pipe frosting beads around base and top of cake. Set aside to set. When set trim flowers and arrange on the top of the cake in a bouquet style.

Flowers:
White roses
Blush bunch roses
White freesia

By Amy Richardson

Autumn Sunday Afternoon Gathering


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Nothing is more lovely then spending an autumn afternoon with friends. Gathering together, enjoying good food, conversation, and friendship! ~Amy

Autumn Sunday Afternoon Gathering

Fruit:
Pears, Red, Bartlett
Apples
Red Grapes

Fruit dip:
Sweet Apple Spice Creme*
Caramel Sauce*

Assorted Cheeses:
Brie
Cambazola
Cranberry Wensleydale

Crackers:
Rosemary crackers,
Pumpkin Cranberry Crackers,

Cinnamon Swirl Butter Cake, purchased, sliced

Assorted Autumn Berry Maple Iced Turnovers:
Blackberry Cream Cheese*, Raspberry Pear*, and BlueberryLemon*

Beverages:

Apple Cider Spritzers*
Chilled Spiced Apple Cider
Chilled Perrier, assorted sparkling beverages
Ice

Recipes:

Sweet Apple Spice Creme:

1 container whipped cream cheese
1 cup marshmallow creme
6 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp apple pie spice

With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese until smooth. Add the yogurt and the spice and beat until smooth.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Caramel Sauce:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and cook over medium until sugar is dissolved and starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and whisk in sour cream until smooth.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

*recipes @ http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Valencia Cara Orange Tea Cake


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The Valencia Cara orange is sweet in taste, and beautifuly ruby red inside. This richly textured cake paired with a cup of orange blossom tea, is the perfect tea party for one! ~Amy

Valencia Cara Orange Tea Cake

Crumb topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
3 tbsp butter, cold and cut into pieces
Pinch of Cara orange zest
White decorator sugar, optional
In a small bowl, stir together sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut into butter until small crumble. Add in zest and set aside.

Batter:

1 1/2 +1 tbsp flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt

1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
Juice from 1 Cara orange, about 1/2 cup
Zest from 1 Cara orange
1/2 cup butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 8 inch round pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside

With an electric mixer, beat together eggs and sour cream, when smooth, add sugar orange juice and zest. Beat until smooth. Add baking powder, salt and flour. When smooth. Slowly add butter, until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Spread crumble evenly over the top, sprinkle with decorator sugar if desired.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.
Cool slightly and remove from pan if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Dulce de Leche Cake with a Brown Sugar Buttercream


A Mexican caramel cake topped with a brown sugar frosting. This is a super easy and absolutely delicious cake! Perfect for a fall time fiesta! ~Amy

A Mexican caramel cake topped with a brown sugar frosting. This is a super easy and absolutely delicious cake! Perfect for a fall time fiesta! ~Amy

Dulce de Leche Cake

I boxed French Vanilla cake mix
1 4oz box vanilla pudding, instant
4 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Dulce de Leche, either purchased or homemade*

Dulce de Leche Frosting

2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp brown sugar

8 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp Mexican vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line the bottom of two 8inch round baking pans with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together cake mix and pudding.
Add, eggs, butter, water, sour cream and dulce de leche. Beat until light and well mixed.

Spread evenly into prepared pans and bake 28-34 minutes or springs back when touched.

Cool for at least 10 minutes. Loosen sides and turn into cooling racks. Cool completely.

To make frosting:

In a small saucepan melt 2tbsp butter, stir in brown sugar and cook until mixture comes together and is bubbly. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

With an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add 4 cups of the confectioners sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla and cooled brown sugar mixture. Beat until well blended. Add remaining sugar and beat until fluffy.

Makes 8-10 servings

Recipes by Amy Richardson

*recipe @www.greattastebuds.com