Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Fresh Taste of Spring

The perfect dessert.

Finding one is not always easy. Particularly for me.

Because, for me, it's not just about making something everyone will eat and enjoy. I also like my desserts to have the flavors of the season, and to make our taste buds sing. A tall order for sure.

So when asked to make dessert for this year's Easter celebration, I immediately knew I wanted to make this Lemon-Blueberry Bundt cake. Now granted, blueberries aren't in season right now, but in my mind, nothing says "fresh" like the flavor of lemon. It's bright and invigorating. As an added bonus, the acid in the lemon brings out the sweetness of the blueberries, even when their not at their sweetest.

So if you're looking for a new and fresh dessert, give this cake a try.

Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour 
  • Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • water, as necessary

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl stir together cake and pudding mixes. Make a well in the center of the mix and pour in water, applesauce, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape sides of bowl and beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine blueberries, sugar, and flour. Toss to coat. Fold blueberries into cake batter with rubber spatula. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Carefully run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Allow to cool completely and then invert onto serving platter.
  5. To make glaze, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Add water, a teaspoon at a time, until glaze reaches desired consistency. Drizzle over cake.

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