Sunday’s With Joy : Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

 Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

Cake.

It’s a magical thing. Some how it’s able to celebrate, cure, be delicious, be a good friend and do it all looking oh-so-sassy!!

I need this cake today, I feel like I need cake every day – and if I could, trust me, I would. But today’s different, I need a slice ( or two). It’s been a rough week. Work has been nuts, after hours I’m meeting with potential clients, filling orders, planning a wedding, recipe testing and all in that mix, I manage to get some sleep.

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Speaking of sleep … you know that person you see every single morning sleeping on the train – - that’s me. Two things, first – you know I’m the sleeping lady … DO NOT sit next to me if you plan on talking on your cell phone at 6:45 am. Who’s up and needs to chat every.single.day at 6:45?! Second, thank you kind people who gently tap me when we get to my stop … I love you. And if possible, I would share this cake with you. You deserve a slice or two.

And so, my plans for this weekend … nada!! I want to kick back, do nothing at all and eat cake. Will it happen? –  Doubtful … but I’ll try my best. Let’s start with the cake :)

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Joy did her funky magic and added tea to cake. Remember when I did that to muffins? And then I did it again? Joy is cooler, she made petite cakes and then dunked them in frosting … her’s are pretty … delicate and delicious looking. Buy her book, make her cakes, and you’ll see.  I took her idea and did my funky magic.

I added earl grey instead of chamomile, skipped the honey frosting but added some extra butter – brown sugar – pineapple and cherries. It’s a beast of beauty. One that I will get to know at least once ( maybe twice … or thrice ..) this weekend.

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Adjustments:

Earl grey tea used.

Didn’t make, or add the frosting.

Additions:

1/4 Cup Butter

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Slices of Fresh Pineapple, cut into 1/4 segments

15 cherries ( or enough to make a pretty circle)

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Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour into cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Arrange your pineapple and cherries in a pretty pattern. Cake – it should be simple, and pretty.

The rest, was all Joy.

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Enjoy darlings, have a great weekend … eat some cake … be merry… make magic <3

Sunday’s With Joy : Chocolate Chunk Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread Foster

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I’ll give you a minute.

No, you’re not dreaming and I won’t judge you if you’re thinking about licking your computer screen.

I’ve never been so excited for banana’s to go brown.

2 x the amount of bananas – 2 x the amount of bourbon – a wholelotta Mmmmm.

oozing with brown sugar syrup, caramelized crispy bananas – the cool burst of french vanilla ice cream … and that’s just the topping.

That lovely cake you see  - – bananas, brown butter and chunks of chocolate to take your taste buds on a roller coast to yum-town.

Friday’s are meant to be celebrated so I saved the best Sunday’s With Joy Recipe, for last.

This is one killer of a desert ( let’s be honest, I want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner too)!! It’s rich, it’s decadent and it’s out of this world delicious.

Your weekend needs a little foster – you bring the spoons, I’ve got dessert covered and the best part is, we don’t even have to share!!

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Chocolate Chunk Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread Foster 

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As if those baby’s aren’t gorgeous enough. Let’s foster a little foster ( bad joke, I know .. sorry):)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Banana – sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Bourbon
  • Ice cream ( I used French Vanilla … feel free to use any flavour your heart desires – OMG, if any of use chunky monkey … please.send.pictures.)

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  1. Melt butter over low heat, add brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add sea salt.
  3. Throw in your sliced banana and allow to caramelize.
  4. Add a splash ( or two) of Bourbon and let the good times roll.

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Building a beauty :

Cake – ice cream – foster

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Time to fall into a dessert love affair : you, spoon and Ms / Mr Foster.

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Happy Weekend Darlings <3 I hope you had a great week, and an incredibly sweet weekend xox