Lemon Cake with Raspberry Glaze – Or Living in Serious Denial That Winter is a Thing

Apparently I am in serious seasonal denial and can’t stop cooking summery foods. Oh well. I have had raspberries sitting frozen in my freezer for ages. Every time I buy raspberries and they get smushed coming home from the grocery store, I just shove them into the freezer. I always assumed I would stick it in frosting, but never actually got around to it til this weekend when my birthday hit. Birthdays require cake so clearly I had to make raspberry frosting for that cake. I don’t actually like raspberry/chocolate combos though, but lemon-raspberry is an awesome combination. So I took my favorite yellow cake recipe, Dinette cake from my parents ancient Betty Crocker cookbook, and adapted it into a lemon cake. And sort of adapted a standard buttercream frosting recipe into the glaze.

Lemon Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
zest from 2 lemons
juice from 1 1/2 – 2 lemons

Add all the ingredients, except the lemon juice, into a large bowl and mix on high for a minute or so until it is well blended. Add the lemon juice, 1/2 a lemon at a time and keep beating the batter until it gets light and fluffy, really fluffy. Pour the batter into an 8×8 square pan, or a 9inch round pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it cool on a wire rack.

Raspberry Glaze
3/4 cup raspberries (preferably fresh)
4 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2ish cups of powdered sugar

Add the softened butter and the raspberries and vanilla and mush together. If you are using frozen raspberries, wait til they have completely thawed out – I didn’t and my butter re-hardened into little pieces so I had to wait until it warmed and melted again. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until you have a nice thick glaze of the desired sweetness. Pour onto the cake.

Such a pretty color for the glaze!

Such a pretty color for the glaze!

The result – pretty great. Light and flavorful, and you can taste both the raspberries and the lemon in the cake. Well, the glaze was supposed to be fluffy frosting but that did not work out correctly. Whoops. Glaze is a perfectly acceptable alternative though, in my opinion, even though it wasn’t the goal. It makes a perfect small serving of something sweet that hits the spot without making you feel guilty. Oh come on, we all know that’s a thing. Song of the week: Bohemian Like You, by The Dandy Warhols. A rock song that’s not so much about being love with someone, but that awesome phase early on when you are into someone but before feelings and life make shit complicated.

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