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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Raspberry Lemonade Cake

The perfect cake for a special celebration in the summer or maybe even Valentine's Day!

I am working in cooperation with Mike's Hard Lemonade this summer. 
 Although being compensated, all opinions are my own.

raspberry lemonade cake mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It is nearing the end of August, which is unofficially the end of summer here in the Midwest. Most kids have gone back to school, families are settling into a more structured routine and those summer end-of-year parties are happening {Labor Day is coming!}.

Last weekend was our small town's annual celebration. You know....carnival, parade, contests, beer tents, the whole nine yards. We had invited some of our close friends to stay the weekend with us – as they also have young kids who LOVE all the cool stuff that was happening.

But...that also meant...CAKE!

Because you can't have people over at your house ALL weekend and not serve them good food right? Besides grilling up a feast – hot dogs, brats, burgers, plus a killer queso dip and breakfast the next morning – pancakes and egg casserole, I could not forget dessert.

And since we were drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade already and loving it and I just went all crazy and baked a cake with it too.

Is that normal? It is in my house!

I have partnered with Mike's Hard Lemonade all summer helping to promote their summer flavors while supporting their various campaigns. You can read my previous posts HERE and HERE.

raspberry lemonade cake mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I had the husband pick up some Mike's for the weekend festivities instructing him to pick a 'berry' lemonade flavor. He did good! Soon I was brainstorming a cake with Mike's Black Raspberry Lemonade as the crucial ingredient.

With many mouths to feed I knew I wanted an impressive double layer cake, so while the men took the older kids out of the house to some of the celebrations I got to work. 

Afraid of making a cake from scratch? Don't be! It really is quite simple. And the pink hue this cake gets from the frizzly, bubbly alcohol is just plain fun. A bit like a science experiment!

raspberry lemonade cake mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Raspberry Lemonade Cake

1 1/3 c. sugar
6 T. softened butter
1 T. lemon rind
2 t. vanilla
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2.5 cups flour
1 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
½ t. baking soda
1 ¼ c. buttermilk

2 T. softened butter
2 t. lemon rind
½ t. almond extract
8 oz. softened cream cheese
3 ½ c. powdered sugar

1. In a stand mixer, mix together the first 5 ingredients.
2. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well. Add in the egg whites, beating well.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add in flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating, starting and ending with flour.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.
5. Divide cake batter between the two pans. Gently tap the cake pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
6. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until spongy and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7. Move to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
8. To make the frosting beat the butter, lemon rind, alcohol, vanilla and cream cheese until fluffy and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar to combine. Chill at least one hour.
9. When ready to frost the cake, gently remove cake from their cake pans, placing one on the serving platter. Apply a small amount of frosting on the top of this cake, spreading evening across and then lay on the second cake. Frost the sides of the cake, then the top, smoothing out any blemishes.
10. Top the cake with fresh berries and keep covered and refrigerated.

raspberry lemonade cake mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This cake really did WOW us all. It's tangy, spongy, lemony and fruity all at the same time. The flavored cream cheese frosting brought it all together.

And now my mind is wandering.....I could really make this with any flavor of Mike's! The possibilities are endless Peach! Straight Lemon! Apple! Yum.

Everyone loved this cake and it was perfect for our end of the summer weekend bash. {Yet, trust me, I'd gladly make it for ANY occasion throughout the year!}

A big thanks to Mike's Hard Lemonade for this partnership over the summer. What fun it's been! More information can be found at Mike's Hard Lemonade. #mikesVIP

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