Foodie Friday: Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

Valentine's Day Recipes - Baked With Love

Valentine's Day Recipes Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and I don’t love to bake. So why did I sign up on to share a recipe for a Valentine’s Day dessert when Wayfair asked if I’d like to participate in its “Baked With Love” campaign? I’m not sure!

I love to eat dessert (though technically I’m on a diet). I can’t resist a raspberry (allowed on the diet!) or I suppose, the chance to use pink frosting and heart sprinkles. And Wayfair’s Valentine’s Day bakeware is pretty darn cute.

So after spending this glorious snow day day drinking with my love at Saltie Girl, I spent the evening baking this  raspberry lemon layer cake. It’s delicious, but don’t worry, I ate only one small piece. The rest is for the kids.

Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

cake ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

frosting ingredients

  • 8 oz. block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Directions for cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Generously grease the sides and bottoms of two 9-inch pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment paper and spray again.
  • In a large bowl combine butter, both sugars, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl as needed, until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mixing well to evenly combine. Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until everything is just barely combined. (You should still see some lumps and dry streaks. If you over mix the cake will be dry and dense.)
  • Add milk, sour cream, and lemon juice. Use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients into the mixture, stirring until everything is incorporated. Again, do not to over mix. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, gently toss the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. (This prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom of the pan while baking.) Add the raspberries and any remaining flour, to the batter. Fold in by hand, using a rubber spatula, until just combined. (Don’t over mix.)
  • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are firm and slightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with moist crumbs.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges to loosen them, and turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the cakes cool, make the frosting.

Directions for frosting:

  • In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter on medium-speed for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Add lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt; beat until combined. Increase the speed back to medium and mix about 2 minutes until creamy. Add a few drops of red food coloring and beat on high for about a minute. Add fresh raspberries and beat for another minute until blended.
  • Frost when the cakes have completely cooled. Decorate with abandon.
  • The frosted cake will stay fresh, covered and stored in the refrigerator, for 3 days. Take it out of the fridge an hour or two before serving so it can come to room temperature.

The recipe was adapted with love from Baker By Nature.

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Foodie Friday: 17 Naked Wedding Cakes

Boston Globe Magazine Wedding Cakes

Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

The Boston Globe Magazine    January 15, 2016

I put together a page of naked wedding cakes for the Boston Globe Magazine Weddings issue last month that I think turned out beautifully. So many local vendors sent me images of their gorgeous cakes, so I wanted to share the overflow here. I love the look of these restrained confections, though I admit, to me, the frosting is the best part when it comes to eating.

Naked Wedding Cake By Flour(ish) Bakery Boston

Amy Spirito Photography

Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and dusted with confectioner’s sugar by Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe, Beverly, Mass. Decorated with fresh apricots, blackberries, raspberries and greenery.

Naked Wedding Cake By Mayflour Confections Boston

Henry + Mac

Coconut cake with strawberries and rhubarb by Mayflour Confections, Rockport, Mass. Flowers from Marc Hall Design.

Naked Wedding Cake Delicious Desserts Cape Cod

KML Photography

Torted apple spice cake and caramel cream filling by Delicious Desserts, East Falmouth, Mass.  Decorated with fresh succulents by Courtney’s Floral Creations and placed on a custom made rustic wood box. Decor and planning by Pink Polka Dot Events; wedding at Bourne Farm.

Naked Wedding Cake By Mayflour Confections Boston

Dylan M. Howell Photography

Funfetti cake by Mayflour Confections, Rockport, Mass. Flowers by Boston Pollen; party design by Lauren S. Wells.

Naked Wedding Cake By Mayflour Confections Boston

Kelly Dillon Photography

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting by Mayflour Confections, Rockport, Mass. Decorated with herbs and greens by Petal Floral. Wedding design by MStarr Design.

Naked Wedding Cake Boston

Katie Noble Photo

Cake by Greggory’s Pastry Shop, Hadley, Mass.

Naked Wedding Cake By Sweet Indulgences Boston

Cake by Sweet Indulgences, Cranston Rhode Island. 

Naked Wedding Cake Mayflour Confections Boston

Deborah Zoe Photography

Lemon yellow pound cake with blackberry puree and lavender buttercream filling and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream frosting by Jenny’s Wedding Cakes. Decorated with fresh blueberries, spray roses, ivy, sweet pea, spirea, and ranunculus by Les Fleurs.

Naked Wedding Cake Peppers Catering Boston

Kelly Dillon Photography

Cake by Peppers Artful Events, Northborough, Mass. Decorated with flowers by Becca Olcott.

Naked Wedding Cake Katie Made Bakery Portland Maine

Melissa Robotti Photography

Chocolate cake with white buttercream frosting and caramel drizzle by Katie Made Bakery, Portland, Maine. Decorated with French macaroons and fresh flowers by Emily Carter Floral Designs. Event design and planning by L.Brook Events.

Naked Drizzle Cake By Oh Miss Kate

Kate Arabatzis/Oh Miss Kate

Vanilla cake with the cardamom whipped cream filling, cream cheese frosting, and chocolate ganache drizzle by Oh Miss Kate. 

Naked Wedding Cake By Cakes To Remember In Boston

Sour cream pound cake filled with fresh raspberries, tart lemon mousse with lemon buttercream frosting by Cakes to Remember. Decorated with fresh strawberries, raspberries, flowers, succulents, and sugar leaves.

Naked Wedding Cake With Figs By Mayflour Confections Boston

Hello Love Photography

Marble cake with mocha buttercream by Mayflour Confections, Rockport, Mass. Decorated with fresh flowers and figs.

Naked Wedding Cake Morin Catering Boston

Lens CAP Productions

Funfetti cake with buttercream frosting by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Attleboro, Mass.

Naked Wedding Cake Party Favors Boston

Sabrina Baloun Photography

Gold cake with chocolate mouse and fresh raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing by Party Favors, Brookline, Mass. Decorated with fresh flowers and topper by Alexis Mattox Design from Party Favors.

Naked Wedding Cake By Flour(ish) Bakery Boston

Amy Spirito Photography

Vanilla almond cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting and decorated with fresh wildflowers by Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe, Beverly, Mass. 

Naked Wedding Cake The French Sisters New Hampshire

Sarah Jayne Photography

Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting by The French Sisters Bakery, Littleton, New Hampshire. Decorated with a fresh garden roses and ranunculus by Apotheca Flower Shoppe. Planning by All the Fuss Events.

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Just In: Boston Women’s March Photos

On January 21 We March. Then The Real Work Begins

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

Today is day two of the resistance. Somehow I will find time to stand up for truth and equality every single day. Some days I might mail a postcard. Other days I’ll pick up the phone.  At night and on the weekends I will research and scheme. Some days I might just exchange a knowing glance with a stranger on the street.

On Friday night I gathered at a friend’s house to make posters for the Boston Women’s March. Moms, dads, daughters, and sons got creative. We quietly crafted our messages, preparing to show the city (and the world) that we stand for equality, education, inclusiveness, the environment. Yes, we are mad and we’re going to fight. Constructively, relentlessly, together.

Boston Women's March Sign You'd Ruth Bader Believe I'm Mad

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“You Ruth Bader Believe I’m Mad”

Boston Women's March Sign For Women's Rights

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights”

Boston Women's March Sign Nope Not My President

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“NOPE Not My President”

Being a writer, I knew I needed a smart sign. Being a mom and  a freelancer, I knew it was possible something could come up to foil my plans to attend the poster party Friday night. So on Wednesday morning I played with words, got busy on PhotoShop, and uploaded my file to be printed and mounted for pickup on Friday. I’m proud of my design and provocative but intelligent message. I’m going to hang it on the wall, high above my desk as a reminder of the beautiful day and the work to be done.

StyleCarrot's Sign For The Boston Women's March

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“You Piqued the Wrong Pussy”
It’s the most liked photo on my @StyleCarrot Instagram account.

Since we live within walking distance from the Boston Common, I invited anyone who wanted to get into the city early to meet at our place on Saturday morning pre-march. Friends from the neighborhood came too, with kids, pets, and husbands. My husband, who comes from a long line of progressive thinkers and Planned Parenthood supporters, marched too. Handmade pussy hats compliments of my friend Marcie, who has been knitting and sewing for weeks with her daughter.

Our Group Gathers For A Photo In Boston Pre March

S. Hauser for StyleCarrot

Marni Elyse Katz Holding A Sign Of Her Own Design At The Boston Women's March

Random stranger for StyleCarrot

Me and a friend, who borrowed my husband’s sign. We went back out after lunch and hopped on to the very end of the march, which concluded with an impromptu dance party on the Common.

SHOW US  WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE
THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE
Boston Women’s March, January 21, 2017
Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked because I also really wanted to be in the moment, enjoying the sounds of peace, the energy of unity, and the sun on my face, on this spectacular, glorious day in the place I’ve come to call home.

Favorite signs from my day at the Boston Women’s March:

I Know Signs I Make The Best Signs

“I know signs. I make the best signs. They’re terrific. Everyone agrees.”

My Favorite Boston Women's March Sign

“Beware: We are syncing our periods.”

Queer Grannies Against Trump Boston Women's March Sign

Boston Women's March Sign This Pussy Bites

“This Pussy Bites”

Free Melania Boston Women's March Sign

“The is very bad” / “Free Melania”

Boston Women's March Sign With MLK Jr Holding Trumps Mouth

Boston Women's March Sign About Powder Rooms & Consent

“It’s just powder room talk.” / “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Dreams For All Boston Women's March Sign

“That dream for all children, all ethnicities, all genders, for all time.”

Alt + Right + Delete Boston Women's March Sign

“Alt+Right+Delete”

Boston Women's March Signs For Guys

“Ovaries before brovaries. Uteruses before duderuses.”

Empowering Signs At The Boston Women's March

“Outraged”

Protester Holds Sign Urging All To Call Congress At Boston Women's March

“Call Congress To Complain”

Boston Women's March Sign For Sluts

“Be a slut. Do whateva you want.”

Boston Women's March Sign For Sex Workers

“Sex workers’ rights are human rights.”
“Stop the war on women.”

Knock Knock Message On Boston Women's March Sign

“Knock knock. Who’s there? The American people. The American people who? The American people who want freedom, diversity, free press, healthcare, justice for all.”

Boston Women's March Sign This March Is Yuge

“This march is YUGE.”

Boston Women's March Signs From Smithies

“I prefer my presidents to be grammatically & politically correct.”

The Future Is Female Boston Women's March Sign

“The future is female.”

Boston Women's March Sign Broadcasts Action

“Don’t look away.”
“Keep calm and carry on? No thinks. I’d rather raise hell & change the world.”
“The weapon we have is love.”

Boston Women's March Sign Making Fun Of His Toupee

“Hands off my pussy or there will be hell toupee.”

Hillary Got More Votes Boston Women's March Sign

“Hillary got more votes.”

Now let’s get back to work.

 

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Sunday Bouquet: Flowers Echo Abstract Art

Flowers In Front Of Abstract Painting By Barbara Leiner

Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Barbara Leiner, Sweet Bunny, Oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches
Flowers by Winston Flowers, Boston

This is a shot from the opening of the Webster Art Project exhibition last week. It is the second collection that I have collaborated on with David Webster of the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center. I source artwork from New England artists and Mr. Webster, along with his visual design director, Jonathan Giacoletto, choose the specific pieces and where to hang them.

For the opening party Mr. Webster commissioned Winston Flowers to create an arrangement to work with this abstract painting, “Sweet Bunny” by Boston artist Barbara Leiner. The pairing is perfection. (I believe the painting is still available; if interested please get in touch; it’s a beauty.)

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Saturday Say It: Out Marching

You Piqued The Wrong Pussy Women's March Poster

Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot [cat via iStock.com/panic_attack]

You Piqued the Wrong Pussy
Boston Women’s March For America
January 21, 2017

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