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Friday, May 30, 2014

Lemon-Raspberry Bundt Cake: May Mystery Dish

This gorgeous, ultra moist, Lemon-Raspberry Bundt Cake is sure to wow the crowds.  A made-to-be-married combination of fresh lemon and swirled raspberry puree, it's a winning dessert!

The end of the month has come, which means it's time for some more Mystery Dish!  I always really look forward to creating something unique and yummy for this challenge.  It's so fun!  This time around, Cate @ Chez CateyLou was our gracious host.  The ingredients she selected were as follows:

Raspberries
Peanut Butter Chips
Edamame
Lemon
Yeast
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Bacon
Buttermilk
Basil
Zucchini

We were asked to use two.  I incorporated three just for kicks.  Immediately upon scanning this great list, I knew that I wanted to make a buttermilk cake.  I use buttermilk often in my baking, and not only does it lend a wonderful flavor, but it seems to provide a softer, more moist texture as well.  
The body of this cake is perfectly dense with a light citrus flavor from the freshly-squeezed lemon juice.  Beautiful dots of pureed red raspberry add a delightful fruity pop to each lucky bite.  

Care for the recipe?  I daresay, you should!

{LEMON-RASPBERRY BUNDT CAKE}

1 c. (2 squares) salted butter, softened
2 c. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. fresh raspberries, mashed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease and flour a 12.5 cup capacity bundt cake pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Alternate between adding flour mixture and buttermilk, starting with the flour and mixing shortly in between.  Then mix until ingredients are completely incorporated.  Mash raspberries with a fork or puree in a blender.  Pour cake batter into bundt pan and spread until even.  Pour raspberry mixture evenly around on top, then, using a butter knife, swirl it into the cake batter.  Bake for approximately 40 minutes.  Check at 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center.  Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then run a sharp knife around the edges, gently turn upside down and carefully remove to a wire cooling rack.  When completely cool, make the glaze.

Glaze:
2 c. confectioner's sugar
1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
4 Tbsp. Milk (approximately-add 1 Tbsp. at a time until the desired consistency is reached)

Stir together confectioner's sugar, lemon juice, and milk (1 Tbsp. at a time), until the desired consistency is reached and mixture is thin enough to drizzle, but not too runny.

*Tip: Make your own buttermilk by adding 1 Tbsp. white vinegar to the bottom of a 1 c. measure, then fill the rest with whole milk.
I have a rather embarrassing confession to make...this is my very first bundt cake!  I've been dreaming of making one for years now, but I actually didn't own a bundt pan until just recently.  I was browsing the cookware aisles of one of my favorite stores (ahem....Target) and my eye caught a cute pink treasure that was just dying to become mine. If you follow me on Instagram, you know what a happy find it was, because I couldn't help but shout it from the rooftops. :)

But, can you blame me?  Because look what came of it.  This cake is a show-stopper!  The lightly crusty outer casing conceals a delicious gem inside, just waiting to be revealed.
Ahhh....Lemon-Raspberry Bundt Cake...you had me at bite one!  This cake is a must-make...so summer-y and very impressive-looking!

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Check out the fabulous creations of the Mystery Dish bunch this month!  Yum!

2. Twice Baked Zucchini Boat - Chelsea's Messy Apron 
4. Lemon-Raspberry Bundt Cake - I Dig Pinterest 
5. Peanut Butter Chip Cookies - The Dessert Chronicles 
8. Baked Wonton Cups Filled with Edamame Corn Salad - The Well Floured Kitchen 
9. Easy 30 Minute Orange Rolls - Yummy Healthy Easy 
11. Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes - Culinary Couture 
12. Zucchini Muffins with Lemon Glaze - The Weary Chef 
13. Lemon Bundt Cake - Chez CateyLou

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If you didn't catch it last month I made a not-to-miss Key Lime Pie Popcorn!

To see my other Mystery Dish creations, go HERE.

Try my Southern Pound Cake when you get a chance, too!


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32 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I love raspberries and lemon! Gorgeous glaze! Pinned :)

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  2. Bundt cakes are awesome, love the pretty color from the raspberries. Target can be a dangerous place, especially as a food blogger :) Judging by this cake it was a wise purchase.

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  3. Great site! I'm so happy to have found your site via the Simple Sweet Home link party. I'll visit often for inspiration. I've GOT TO try the key lime popcorn!

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    1. So glad you found me! Thanks for the visit.

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  4. Wow, this looks so yummy! I love lemon and raspberries so this is right up my alley.
    Bev

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  5. Love bundt cakes! This looks so moist and delicious!

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  6. I loved this from the second I saw your picture! This bundt cake is perfect! Can't wait to make it - pinned!

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I hope you love it like we did.

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  7. Christine we were really on the same page this month! Both lemon-y bundt cakes and both newbies to the bundt cake world! I love the raspberry in here - it makes it look so pretty and it sounds delicious!

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    1. We totally were, Cate! Great minds think alike. :) Thanks for hosting!

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  8. I just have to get that ole bundt pan out and make this! Yum! PINNED IT!

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  9. Love this Chopped meets Iron Chef idea. Great use of the ingredients. I'm working on something a little bit like this with roasted strawberries. This looks divine. Saying hi from SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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  10. Gorgeous, Christine! This is such a perfect summer recipe. I'll be making it for a summer potluck for sure. Thanks!

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  11. Sounds and looks delicious! A perfect summer treat!

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  12. You're right that cake truly is a showstopper! It looks crazy delicious!

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  13. Yum!! I love lemon, and I can't wait to try mixing it with raspberry! You cake looks gorgeous,and delicious Christine. :)

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  14. This looks so yummy. I pinned it and will make it. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Looks lovely and sounds delicious! Pinned!

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  16. This sounds delicious Christine. I love using buttermilk in baking too. Thanks for sharing on Great Idea Thursdays I'm Featuring this.

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  17. Sounds like a great summer recipe! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  18. Oh this is so pretty! Pinned it to my Desserts board.

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  19. Fabulous, delicious, fantastic, divine!!! I know I could use more adjectives but you get the message, drool.... Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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  20. I have this in the oven now :). It smells amazing.

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  21. my first pinterest fail! the outside crusted up nicely, but the center didn't bake enough. so when I tried to get it out of the bundt pan, the whole thing fell apart. :( but the taste is great. any idea why this happened?

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear this, Mary! Did you bake it for at least 40 minutes? Sometimes when I bake bundt cakes it gets a little deceiving because the outside gets nice and brown but the inside still isn't done. Be sure to always check with a toothpick before removing it from the oven because that's the best final test. I hope you'll give it another try and have success with it!

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  22. اعمال شركة تنظيف بالرياض متميزة داخل المنطقة التي تعمل بها لانها تعمل علي تقديم كل ما هو جديد في عالم النظافة لتقديم خدمة متميزة للعميل فتعامل مع شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض ستلاقي فريق من العمال لدك مختصين في اعمال نظافة الفلل وهذا يحدث ايضا مع شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    والتي تعمل علي نظافة الخزانات وتعقيها للقضاء علي الاوساخ والبكتريا الصغيرة التي توجد بها معكم ايضا شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض التي تعمل علي الصيانة والتنظيف بواسطة اثنين من الفنين المختصين في مجال المسابح واليك خدمة اساسية تلبي لك العيش في بيئة خالية من الحشرات الصغيرة من خلال قسم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض الذي يعمل علي القضاء علي جميع الحشرات المنزلية كما يوجد قسم اخر في مجال مكافحة الحشرات وهو شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض التي تقدم خدمة الوقاية والقضاء علي هذه الافات بواسطة مبيدات طبيعية

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