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Cupcake Giveaway Today!

I have only just begun to wrap my head around this blogging world and already so many opportunities have come my way.  I’m really excited about the things that are happening and will share soon, I promise!  Today is a busy day in our house- we are baking and shooting cupcakes for a new site that is going to launch really soon!   Yay!  As my way of saying thank you to all of my faithful subscribers and readers, I am giving away some of the goodies that were made this morning.  The catch is….you must live in my area and you need to pick them up (unless you’re REALLY stuck, I may be convinced to help out :)).  Even better, why not give them away to someone who may need a warm fuzzy today?  How about someone who is celebrating something?   It’s your choice!  Here is what’s up for grabs….

Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes made with ‘just picked’ farm fresh berries.

and….

PB and J Buttercream Cupcakes

You guessed it, vanilla cakes with raspberry jam centers and peanut butter buttercream frosting.  These are very sweet and it’s really the icing that makes the cake here.

All you need to do is contact me (here!)  First 3 people get the goods!

SweetRevelations is located in the Woodstock, ON Area.

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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fond

My girlfriend moved to England a few years ago.  I cried like a baby when she left.  Although I was so happy for her courage to move far away, I was devastated at what I thought was my loss.  I’ve been to visit and she took me to Paris for my birthday ( SOOO NICE).  She has been home to visit many times since then.  We talk every Sunday on the phone and it’s as though she still lives 10 minutes away.  I do still have times when I really miss the girl time.  The distance makes movie night a little difficult and I sure would love to go have dinner (in Paris again would be awesome!).   Really, not a lot has changed though, we still argue over movies and books and we always seem to talk about food.  She recently sent me a recipe for Genoise Sponge Cake that she made at a dinner party and it looked amazing!   Below is my version, just a simple 2 layer with lemon whipped cream, raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries.   As I make it, I have a little smile on my face, thinking of my good friend.  Enjoy,

Sponge Cake

*adapted from Gourmet Magazine

preheat oven to 350 degrees

6 eggs room temperature

2/3 cup vanilla sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sifted cake  flour

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled

Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting (see below)

3/4 cup raspberry preserves for serving

2 pints fresh raspberries for serving

1.  Butter and flour a 10″ round pan.  In stand mixer with whisk attachment combine eggs, vanilla and sugar.  Beat on high speed for 10 minutes (mixture should triple in volume).  In a separate bowl, sift flour and salt together.

2.  Remove bowl from stand mixer and very gently fold flour and salt in with spatula (1/3 at a time).  In a small bowl, mix some of the cake mixture with the melted butter until incorporated.  Add this to the cake mixture, again gently folding.

3.  Pour mixture into cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.  Cake will begin to pull away from sides of pan.   Unmold onto wire rack for cooling.

*Sponge cake is easier to work with on the 2nd day, so make the night before if you plan on cutting layers.

4.  Cut cooled cake into 2 layers.  Place bottom layer on a cake platter and spread with raspberry preserves.  Spread a layer of frosting on top of preserves.  Put 2nd layer on top of frosting.  Frost top with remaining frosting and cover top with fresh raspberries.

Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

*Better Homes and Gardens Recipe

In large chilled bowl beat 2 cups whipping cream, 2 Tbps. powdered sugar, and 1 Tbsp. instant vanilla pudding on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel.

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