Okay, so I am not sure about all of you but I am officially ready to break up with Winter. I know it is only January but all the comfort food and chunky sweaters have me begging for a little Summer time simplicity.
This past week my cousin Sharon came up to visit. Sharon is from Tennessee, but don't be fooled, she is a born and bred New Yorker and a slayer in the kitchen. Every time she is in town we offer up a wide selection of "New York Style" treats we know for sure she can not get down South. Food is a huge part of our family, then again we are Italian so food is always the center of attention. Nonetheless, this was perfect timing! I really needed some good material to discuss for my first blog post, what better than hosting a girls lunch and then having to write all about it?!
I decided to keep the menu simple and clean - avocado bruschetta, fresh tri-color beet salad and a pasta Caprese salad. The star of the show was undoubtedly this wonderfully light Olive Oil Lemon cake. I found the recipe off of a blog I frequent called, The Little Epicurean. When I saw this cake I knew it was THE one. I have been waiting for the perfect excuse to make a "naked cake" as it is the trendy thing to do in baking these days. "Naked" means exactly what you think - bare, not covered in frosting and leaving it all out for everyone to see. I find this to be a subtle way to mix natural and chic elements together - the results are always so sophisticated and appealing.
DIRECTIONS: (3 - 6" round cake pans)
Olive Oil Cake:
6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and wet mixture, beginning and ending with the flour
mixture. Mix well and don't forget to scrape the sides.
7. Divide batter between prepared cake pans. Level batter using a spoon or
spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 before releasing out of the pans.
ASSEMBLE (my favorite part)
Shave down cake if necessary. One of my cakes had a bit of a mountain top. Shaving it down ensures an evenly pleasing cake when assembled.
Here are some more photos from the other day! I even made butterscotch and root beer cotton candy, but we'll save that for a later post ;)
sugar with style
Fashion merchandiser gone baker gone home renovator gone DIY obsessor gone MAD! Follow my journey, order some treats and get INSPIRED, xo!