Victorian Sponge tea Cake

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Woooooooooooo it’s May 2-4 weekend … except it’s not May 24th heh. But we’re full on celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Happy Birthday Vicky-darling, you look marvelous in your blingout crown and swanky dresses!!

What that means for us regular folks iss…..

Fireworks

Strawberry Short cake

Suuuunnnshhhiiinnne

And the cottage …

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YEEESSSS – for most Canadian’s this weekend is the official – unofficial first weekend of summer!! And I can’t wait to get it started :) … ironically I also always start celebrating my birthday this weekend … even though it’s still a couple days away. It’s part of our family tradition… while I refuse to blow out my candles earlier than the actual day ( apparently it’s bad luck) I WILL be indulging in cake, ice cream, and wearing pretty things that make me want to shoot sparkles out of my fingertips.

I’m puuuuuuuuuuuuuumped!!

Mr. LTSL and I actually have a crazy packed weekend ahead of us … spending the weekend at my parent’s place … engagement … wedding … Food Truck Eats at peller estates ( HELLO … pretty much my idea of a mini Disneyland … and there will be wine) .. picnics at the lake… brunching… laughing … loving… did I mention there will be cake?!

Speaking of cake, look at this beauty.

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Victorian sponge… it’s a thing. And its crazy delicious … and wicked *that word that rhymes with joist  … but starts with an “M” and makes my blood crawl when anyone says it*aaaannnd it’s so pretty and dainty.

Whether with a cup of afternoon tea, or downed with ice cold lemonade … I feel like you should get jiggy with this cake ( I welcome anyone that wants to pull me out of the 90’s … except don’t because I secretly want to forever be Kelly Kapowski)

This would also be an amazing base for a strawberry short cake … ooorrr double/triple the recipe for a layered naked cake …. WINNING!

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Victorian Sponge tea Cake

 Ingredients:

4 eggs, room temperature

2 cups sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cake flour

2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/4 cups 2% milk

2/3 cups butter

Raspberry jam

Icing sugar ( for decoration)

Berries ( optional, for decoration)

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Directions:

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1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large doughnut pan or an 8 inch cake pan . Set aside.

2) In a large bowl, beat eggs thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar and vanilla.

3) Sift flours and baking powder. Gradually add to batter, beating at low speed just until smooth.

4) In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter just until butter is melted. Gradually add to batter and beat just until combined.

5) Pour baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

6) Once cooled –  on one half spread with a thick layer of raspberry jam, on the second half spread with cool whip. Sandwich the two halves together

7) heavily dust with icing sugar & top with berries if desired

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Happy days my lovely interweb friends

Baklava cake

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Calling all Mothers – or children of mothers who are both sweet and total nut cases!! You know, the ones with open arms for a warm hug but also willing to turn the radio on loud and fist bump with you while driving, the ones who randomly call you on a Saturday morning, to find out what makes pancakes fluffly – the same ones you will call you to give you a pep talk and say “ woman, it’s Wednesday – pour yourself some wine and move on”.

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YES, those are the mama’s this decadent dessert is for aka my mother.

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Aww aint she a cutie!

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My mom is actually the weirdest dessert person, she loves dessert – but doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Isn’t that weird?! She isn’t a fan of anything with chocolate – nor anything too sweet. Hand her a pie, she’s happy – bumbleberry cobbler hhhheeelllooo happy place – but a chocolate fudge fra-lee-lah, yea she’ll pass. When I first created this recipe, I wanted something special, I wanted it to taste like spring, taste like complete happiness and look like I spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen without actually doing so.

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This baklava cake wins on so many levels. Not only is a sweet way to say thank you to any special person in your life it’s also heeeellllla-delicious.

 Baklava cake 

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Ingredients:

Baklava Layers

(40) 9 x 14-inch Sheets of Filo Dough

3/4 Cup Butter, melted

2 cups crushed red pistachio

1 cups Crushed Walnuts

1 ½ cups crushed pecans

1/2 Cup brown Sugar

2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cardamom

 Honey Rosewater Syrup

1 and 1/3 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Water

1/3 Cup Honey

1 Tablespoon and 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

1 tbsp rosewater

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Directions:

Bring the sugar and water, to a boil in a small pot. Add the lemon and the honey and rosewater stir well, and lower the heat to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.\

Remove phyllo from packaging any lay on a flat surface, cover stack with a damp cloth ( this helps with the dough not drying out!!).

Preheat oven to 350 oc – liberally grease spray a medium sized spring-form cake pan.

Working with one sheet at a time, spread ( you can crumple, so that it fits the pan) one phylo sheet to cover the bottom of the cake pan. Lightly brush with melted butter. Repeat until you have 8 layers. Next, take 1 ½ cups of your nut mixture and spread over entire phylo layer. Repeat until you have 3 layers. Last, create one more “top layer” of 8 sheets of phylo.

Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Next, pour all of your honey rosewater syurp over the cake. Allow to sit one hour, so that all of the liquid is absorbed by the phylo dough.

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Slice and serve to that special woman of yours. Happy Mother’s day to all the wonder woman out there, Happy weekend to all you fine looking folks – now someone grab me a fork – we gots cake to eat!!

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