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

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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.

 

Cheesecake Party

I’ve gotten behind on my blogging again :( But I’m SO excited for all of the cooking I’m going to do over Thanksgiving! Since I’m so behind, I’ll make this a double recipe post just to make it up to you. The first one is a dessert you can definitely have at your Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s pumpkin. Of course.

A couple weeks ago, we had a party at our house. I’d been wanting to use my mini cheesecake pan again, so I thought, why not make cheesecake for the party? My roommates said, “WHAT? What kind of college party has cheesecake?!!” The best ones, of course. And everyone appreciated the cheesecake, so I win.

If you don’t have a mini cheesecake pan, you can still bake this in a regular springform pan, but scale everything back to 2 packages of cream cheese.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake
Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients
for the crust
26 regular (not Double-Stuf) Oreos – 2 rows in the package
4 Tbsp butter, melted
for the cheesecake
3 8oz packages cream cheese
3 eggs
1 15oz can pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cheesecake pan.
2. Put Oreos in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Pour in melted butter, stir. Press about 1 1/2 Tbsp into the bottom of each well in the pan (I found a shot glass works best for this – it’s really difficult with your fingers).
3. Bake crusts for 10 min. While they are cooling, begin the cheesecake.
4. With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla until completely smooth.
5. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until combined.
6. Pour into each well, filling completely to the top. Bake 20-25 minutes until set.
7. Let cool about 15 minutes then remove from pans. Chill in fridge (or on your porch if it’s cold enough and your fridge is full like mine…) for at least 1 hour before serving.

So to go with all that cheesecake, I guess you might need some real food… maybe… Sometimes…

Quinoa Risotto
Serves 2-3.

Ingredients
1 C uncooked quinoa
2 C vegetable broth
1/2 C sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 C diced red onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 C white wine
1/4 C parmesan cheese
1/4 C goat cheese
3/4 C fresh spinach
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
1.
Cook quinoa in vegetable broth, either on the stove top or in a rice cooker.
2. Saute mushrooms and onion in oil over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add quinoa and cook a couple more minutes.
3. Add wine and stir until absorbed. Turn off heat.
4. Add cheese and spinach and stir until cheese is melted and spinach leaves are wilted. Serve immediately.

Boozy Baking

Happy Halloween everyone!! This recipe isn’t super festive, but the colors are a bit Halloweeny, so that counts, right?

This was my first time experimenting with alcohol and baking, and I really liked the effect! Don’t worry – you’d have to eat about a million of these before you get any sort of a buzz ;) But I love drinking orange juice with amaretto, so I thought it would make a nice flavor for a cake. The orange definitely lightened up the heaviness of the pound cake.

Orange Amaretto Pound Cake Cupcakes
with Chocolate Amaretto Ganache

Makes one dozen.

Ingredients
for the pound cake
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
dash salt
1/3 C amaretto
zest of one orange
for the ganache
3/4 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C heavy cream
2 Tbsp amaretto

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt.
4. Pour wet into dry and combine. Stir in amaretto and orange zest.
5. Fill cupcake tins 3/4 full (these puff up a lot!) and bake 22-25 min.
6. When cupcakes are completely cool, begin ganache by pouring chocolate chips and amaretto into a bowl.
7. Over medium heat, simmer cream. As soon as it reaches a boil, turn off the heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
8. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the ganache. Garnish with orange peel.

They were so pretty when the ganache was fresh and shiny! Not quite as pretty when it dried dull, but they still tasted great. The chocolate works really nicely with the orange and amaretto.

Pumpkin Season!!

I’m so behind on my blogging! I’ve been crazy busy with school, dance, job interviews, blah blah blah that I haven’t had time to write up any of my new recipes! But it’s quickly becoming fall, meaning I’m quickly becoming more and more obsessed with the very best part of this season: pumpkin.

Like my collection? I like pumpkin everything. Pumpkin pie, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts, pumpkin spice Eggo waffles, and of course… pumpkin.

Everything tastes good with a little pumpkin in it. Especially desserts. Which brings me to this new recipe…

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 18 cupcakes.

Ingredients
for the cupcakes
2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dash salt
6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1/3 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C milk
2 eggs
1 1/4 C pumpkin puree
for the frosting
8 oz light cream cheese
2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp maple syrup
2-4 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, powder, soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla, milk, and eggs. Slowly add pumpkin and mix until smooth.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture until a batter is formed.
5. Fill pans about 2/3 full and bake for 22-28 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
6. For the frosting, with an electric mixer combine cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup. Slowly sift in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

These cupcakes were light and fluffy, just the way cupcakes should be. They lasted about a day in my house before my friends had eaten them all.

So I know what you’re thinking… Pumpkin comes in a huge can, but these cupcakes didn’t sure nearly that much! So what do you do? Well, you could just make tons of cupcakes, which would certainly be fine, or you could make the easiest and most delicious brownies known to mankind.

Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients
one box of your favorite brownie mix
15oz pumpkin (I used half the 29oz can)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
chocolate chips, walnuts – optional

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 pan.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until a batter forms. Do NOT use the ingredients called for on the brownie box (eggs, oil, etc).
3. Bake 25-30 min until a knife comes out clean. Let cool, cut, and eat!

Enjoy the rest of pumpkin season!

Bird Cake

I’m so behind on my blogging! Things got crazy busy the past few weeks. Interviews, family visits, and finishing up work. Today was my first day back at school, which is bad because summer is way more fun. But it’s also good because I’ll probably get back to blogging more than just desserts, now that I’m back to cooking for myself.

A couple weeks ago my coworkers requested cupcakes. I’ve been wanting to try out this flavor for awhile, and I had all the major ingredients, so I decided to give it a shot. No, there are no birds in this recipe, although a few people actually did ask me if there were. Think tropical carrot cake.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
Makes one dozen.

Ingredients
for the cake
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 large bananas, mashed
2/3 C crushed or finely chopped pineapple (I used frozen)
1/3 C applesauce
1/3 C raisins
for the frosting
8 oz light cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
~1 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and eggs.
4. Gradually add dry into wet to combine.
5. Stir in banana, pineapple, applesauce, and raisins.
6. Bake 20-25 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cakes should be dense.
7. Once cupcakes are cool, mix cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes and serve.