Lemon Bundt Cake

This might be my last post for a little while… In about a week and a half, I’m leaving for a Europe! I’ll be traveling all over for almost 3 months, stuffing my face all along the way. Probably no baking though, unfortunately, and also probably no blogging…

Anyway, I’ve been at home laying around watching TV since graduation. It’s been nice! Finally worked up the motivation to bake yesterday, not to mention there was a huge bowl of lemons staring me in the face, so I decided to bake this.

Lemon Bundt Cake from Square Root of Pie

Lemon Bundt Cake
Makes one bundt cake or two loaves. Adapted from Center Stage Wellness.

Ingredients
for the cake
3 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 C sugar
4 eggs
1/3 C lemon zest
1/4 C lemon juice
3/4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
for the syrup
1/2 C lemon juice
1/2 C sugar
for the icing
3 Tbsp lemon juice
~2 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking pans.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar until combined. Add each egg one at a time, mixing in afterward. Mix in lemon zest.
4. In a small bowl, stir lemon juice, milk, and vanilla.
5. Alternate adding flour and liquid to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing continuously, until all ingredients are combined.
6. Bake 45-60 min.
7. While cake is cooling, make the sugar by dissolving sugar in lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
8. Remove cake from bundt pan and set on a wire rack over a tray. Poke holes all over the top with a toothpick, then pour syrup over the top. Let cool completely.
9. For the icing, sift powdered sugar over lemon juice and stir, continuing to add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over cake.

Lemon Bundt Cake from Square Root of Pie

I’ve actually made this cake a couple times before with rave reviews, but never had a chance to eat any. I made sure to eat the first slice of this one, and it was delicious!

Lemon Bundt Cake from Square Root of Pie

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cakes

This is the time in the year where I’m moving out and frantically try to use up all my ingredients. I have tons of leftover flour and sugar, so I dig through my cabinet to find flavors. This was what I came up with the other day… chocolate, banana, and coconut!

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cakes from Square Root of Pie

Chocolate, Coconut, Banana Swirl Cakes
Makes 1 dozen.

Ingredients
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1 C sugar
1/3 C oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 small very ripe bananas
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C milk
1/3 C shredded coconut (optional)

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, powder, soda, and salt.
3. In a smaller bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add wet to dry and combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
4. Mash bananas in another bowl, and pour in half the batter mixture. Mix well.
5. Add cocoa powder, milk, and coconut (if desired) to remaining batter.
6. Pour a spoonful of each batter into each cupcake liner. Swirl with a knife or toothpick. Sprinkle with extra coconut.
7. Bake 20 min until a knife comes out clean. Let cool before serving.

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cakes from Square Root of Pie

Blood Orange Yogurt Cakes

There are a number of reasons why I made these cakes. Well, I suppose there are reasons behind every recipe I make, but this one has specific ones.

blood oranges

First, I picked up a bag of about 10 or so blood oranges at the grocery store last weekend. If you’ve never had one, they’re about the size of a tangerine and a little more tart than regular oranges. And they’re beautiful. They make a great snack on their own, but I thought their color would look beautiful baked!

Second, on that same trip to the grocery store I bought a big tub of Greek yogurt. Which I hate. I do this every so often – I buy yogurt because I want something new for breakfast and because I know it’s healthy for me. Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, granola, and honey… it sounds so delicious! Then I eat it and remember why I never buy yogurt. I hate yogurt. So I thought, what am I going to do with this?

Lastly, I was convinced I had a loaf pan. So I wanted to make a loaf cake. I didn’t realize I don’t have a loaf pan until after I put out all of my ingredients and started preheating the oven. Whoops.

Blood Orange Yogurt Cakes from Square Root of Pie

Blood Orange Yogurt Cakes
Makes 12 cupcakes or 1 loaf cake. Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes.

Ingredients
for the cake
1 1/2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/2 C sugar
1 C nonfat Greek yogurt
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C vegetable oil
zest of 2 blood oranges
juice of 1/2 blood orange
for the glaze
3oz reduced fat cream cheese
juice of 1 1/2 blood oranges
1-2 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cupcake tin with liners or loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, mix sugar, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, oil, zest, and juice until smooth.
4. Add dry to wet and stir until combined.
5. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, or loaf for 50 minutes until a knife comes out clean.
6. Once cakes are cooled completely, begin glaze by mixing juice and cream cheese.
7. Slowly incorporate powdered sugar. Add less for a thin glaze or more for thicker frosting.
8. Frost cakes and serve.

Blood Orange Yogurt Cakes from Square Root of PieIsn’t that pink color gorgeous? The blood orange juice is beautiful! And the yogurt makes a really light, fluffy cake. Much more enjoyable than in a bowl all by itself.