a couple weeks ago, a friend of mine mentioned making a blueberry lemon cake on facebook. after reading that and seeing the post, i couldn't get the thought of a meyer lemon layer cake out of my mind. the very next day i scoured claire k creation's blog for cake recipes. i bypassed - and pinned for later - this best ever carrot cake, this lemon tea cake, and this coffee cake for this greek yogurt & raspberry cake. topped with meyer lemon buttercream, it made two pregnant women - she 38 weeks, me 32 - very happy.
now that my sweet tooth was satisfied, i was off to look for an easy dinner that could please us and our toddler. chicken cacciatore did it. it's my favorite kind of slow cooker recipe: dump everything in & cook on low for 8+ hours. minimal effort, easy ingredients, and great flavor. next time i'm adding mushrooms because the three of us can't get enough.
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cake adapted from claire k creations & buttercream adapted from sally's baking addiction
makes four 6" layers (two, two layer 6" cakes) or two 8" or 9" layers
5/10/14 update: after many comments from readers overflowing pans or not having them bake correctly, i remade the cakes and found the fatal flaw: the recipe is already doubled for two 8" or 9" layers. to make two six inch layers, halve everything. i've updated the quantities below and directions to indicate this. i am so sorry for those of you that ended up with a big mess in your oven - it was never my intention.
for the cake:
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
for the buttercream:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
zest & juice of 2 meyer lemons
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
- to make the cake, preheat your oven to 320F. grease and line four 6" cake pans or two 8" or 9" cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
- cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition.
- add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and mix until mostly combined. add the yogurt and mix until combined.
- beat the egg whites to medium peaks and fold into the cake batter. fold in the raspberries.
- divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- let the cakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
- to make the buttercream, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. add the lemon zest and juice and salt and mix until combined. slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. mix on medium speed for a couple minutes until light and fluffy. if your buttercream is softer than you'd like, you can either add more sugar or chill it for 30 minutes.
- to make a four layer cake, slice each cake layer in half. spread with buttercream and top with another cake layer. continue until all layers are used. spread the cake with remaining buttercream. store finished cake in the refrigerator.
slow cooker chicken cacciatore
adapted from claire k creations
15 min prep, 4-8hr cook, 30min finish; serves 6
2-14.5ounce or 1-28ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 bell peppers cut into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2 large, boneless skinless chicken breasts
egg noodles, for serving
- in a 4 or 6 quart slow cooker, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, onion, garlic, oregano, and bay leaf. mix to combine.
- nestle the chicken breasts in the mixture. cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- about an hour before you plan to eat, uncover, shred the chicken with tongs or a fork, and cook on high for 1 hour to thicken the sauce. serve over egg noodles.