This Pink Lemonade cake is a moist, fluffy cake flavoured with lemon and raspberry. The tangy lemonade flavoured buttercream filling is paired with raspberry jam for a moreish sweet and tangy butter cake! It is perfect for Mother's Day coming up. I called her Rosanna.
Pink lemonade is a variation of lemonade that has a pink color instead of the traditional yellow color. It is usually made with the same ingredients as regular lemonade (lemon juice, sugar, and water) but the key difference is the addition of a red or pink coloring agent, which gives the drink its signature hue. In 1912, the New York Times published an obituary for Henry E. Allott, a former Chicago resident who had run away to join the circus in his youth. The obituary credited Allott with inventing pink lemonade, a variation of the classic lemonade recipe. The story goes that while preparing a big batch of regular lemonade, Allott accidentally dropped some red cinnamon candies into the mixture, resulting in a delightful pink hue. This happy accident gave birth to the blushing beverage we now know as pink lemonade.
There are actually a few different ways to add color to pink lemonade. One option is to use a fruit juice, such as cranberry or raspberry that not only provides the pink color but also adds a subtle fruity flavor. Another option is to use a syrup like grenadine, which is a sweet pomegranate-based syrup that adds both color and flavor. Or you can just use a few drops of pink food colouring. I have a recipe for a rose flavoured lemonade tinted pink. Pink lemonade made using juice has a slightly different taste than regular lemonade thanks to the added fruit. I always have raspberries in the freezer and raspberry jam so I used it although you can use any rubied or pinkish coloured fruit and jam that you have.
This pink lemonade cake has a moist, light butter cake tinted pink and is filled with a tangy, zingy lemony buttercream and raspberry jam. It is then smothered with that zingy buttercream and decorated with pieces of raspberry and slices of lemon. The recipe below is for a 15cm or 6 inch cake.
How to get that zingy lemon flavour: I love it when lemon baked good really taste like lemon and have a tart sour flavour to balance the sugar in them. I used LorAnn's lemonade flavouring oil. I also use finely grated lemon zest, lemon juice and citric acid. The latter is my secret weapon for zingy lemon flavours in cakes and slices like these Lemon Coconut Bars. It's an easy to find ingredient at the supermarket. Just look in the baking section. You can use it in place of lemons in a recipe or to add acidity to a dish and it is also used in preserving.
Other Lemon Cakes: Lemonade Cake, Lemon Chiffon Cake, Lemon Cloud Cake, Lemon Delicious Cheesecake, Yuzu Lemonade Pound Cake, Bitter Lemon Poppyseed Cake, Lemon Flower Cake and Lemon Blackberry Cake. Find more delicious lemon recipes here.
We are celebrating Mother's Day with the Elliotts this year. My parents are now living overseas in Singapore so my mother won't be there. We used to do a combined Mother's day but even without my family this will be a big celebration with lots of mothers because Mr NQN's sister Araluen now has an entirely new and very large group of in laws and there are five mothers in that family so plus partners and children it will be a massive celebration. And I'm being counted as a mum because I am mother to two puppies because dog mums count too.
Mother's Day is usually just combined with my birthday which happens around the same time. But I do insist on a random little present from Mr NQN: a packet of strawberry and cream Lindor balls (not sponsored, I'm addicted and buy bags of them when they're on sale). I don't want any other flavour and he knows that this is the perfect gift guaranteed to make me happy.
Chocolates and cake don't work with Mr NQN's mother Tuulikki. She is phobic of both and looks terrified if you offer her them. But we have discovered something that she loves. One day we gave her a bag of potatoes as we had a surplus of them. We get them in our vege box and I don't cook them that often and so I offered her a bag. Her eyes lit up. "I LOVE potatoes!" she said giddy with delight. She took the bag excitedly and peered inside. I've never seen her so excited about a gift before quite honestly and I was shook. So now the potatoes go to Tuulikki who adores them. Who knew that something as humble as a potato would be so loved?
So tell me Dear Reader, what are you doing for Mother's Day this year? Is there a random thing that you like to receive as a gift?