Month: March 2018

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s here! Friday has come like a beacon in the night, so please don’t mind me while I celebrate with a victory dance and a jumbo slice of this lemon berry crumb cake. I’ve got your weekend roundup set out for you, including what to read, what to watch, and what to make for all of your Easter celebrations. Let’s get started! 
Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls

This article from Food52 is blowing my mind. Cinnamon rolls without the wait? Without the rise? Sign me up! Read the article here about how a simple dough leavened with baking powder can make all of your cinnamon roll dreams come true. 

How to Make a Living as a Food Blogger

I’ve had a million and one of you ask me how running a food blog has the potential to earn money. While I’m hardly rolling in “The Benjamins” (Mom, that’s slang for money, hundred dollar bills, okay?), I still pinch myself on the daily that people write me checks for doing something that I love. This article from Food & Wine is informative, straight-forward, and provides pointers for people who may be considering this path for themselves.

Bïeryoncé

Did you hear that someone named a beer after Beyonce? It’s a German pilsner from Lineup Brewery called Bïeryoncé, and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. All I need is to join a chart-topping hip-hop group, start an even bigger solo career, marry a rap mogul, and accumulate a near-billion dollar net worth… maybe then I’ll have enough bad-assery under my belt to have a beer named after me. After looking into purchasing some for myself, I found out that Queen B’s lawyers served the brewery a cease and desist letter, so the brew has been laid to rest. RIP, Bïeryoncé.

Spring and Summer Bags 

I may be late to the straw bag bandwagon, but now that I’m on it I’m never getting off. I recently purchased the ultra-trendy round woven bag for my upcoming warm-weather travels, and I cannot wait to start toting. Get in the trend with a bag of your own! I love the options here

Hamilton and Carpool Karaoke

Okay, this is an old video, but my love for Hamilton is so strong right now that I thought you may want to enjoy this video too. James Corden is my Night-Talkshow-Host in Shining Armor, and this video makes me love him even more. Hamilton has just started their US tour, so be sure to check here for upcoming dates near you. Brett, if you’re reading this, remember that Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I gave you two very incredible children, okay?

Easter Baking

There’s a million and one things you should make for this weekend’s most special holiday. For a layer cake option, check out my robin egg speckled cake tutorial. If you’re interested in a bundt cake, maybe try my carrot cake with brown butter glaze or lemon almond poppyseed bundt cake. But if you prefer a simple, seasonal option for Sunday’s affair, let me introduce you to this lemon berry crumb cake. It’s fresh, entirely delicious, and perfect for sharing as a breakfast or dessert.

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Here’s the breakdown: This lemon berry crumb cake is a moist and tender butter cake filled with a tart berry jam. The whole thing gets baked under a mountain of lemony shortbread-style crumbs that add a bit of salty crunch to the otherwise sweet cake. The result is an impressive single layer cake that will make all of your spring brunch dreams come true. 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.comLemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the lemon berry crumb cake, we start with the batter. Butter and sugar are creamed together, followed by the addition of eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. The dry ingredients are stirred in to make a somewhat thick and spreadable batter. About 2/3 of the mixture is smoothed into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan and is topped by a smear of your favorite jam. The cake is sweet, so I recommend a tart jam to offset that sugar. The remaining batter is spread on top of the jam and a basic crumble is sprinkled on top. 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Fresh from the oven, this lemon berry crumb cake is fab all on its own, however I like to top it with a simple drizzle made from powdered sugar, lemon juice, and sour cream. You can pass on the glaze, but I think it fancies it up a bit, don’t you? 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope your Easter weekends are filled with lots of jelly beans and golden eggs and lemon berry crumb cake. The miracle of this holiday bowls me over every year, so I’m looking forward to gathering hope in that as well. Happy Friday and happy baking!

If you like this lemon berry crumb cake, you should check out:

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Lemon Almond Tart

Blueberry Galette

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

 

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Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon berry crumb cake is a sweet single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a crunchy shortbread crumble. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
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Ingredients

For the crumb:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (115 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 21/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (100 gm) full-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup blackberry, raspberry, or blueberry preserves, according to your preferences

For the glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted in a pinch)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crumble:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the butter and lemon juice. Add the sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Fold in the flour until large clumps form. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9” springform pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add ½ cup of the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt. Stir on low to barely combine. Stir in the buttermilk and then add the remaining flour on low speed just until integrated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated batter.
  3. Spread about 2/3 of the batter into the bottom of the springform pan. Smooth the preserves over top pf the batter, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of the cake. Carefully spread the remaining batter on top and sprinkle the whole thing with the crumble, breaking up the big clumps into a crumb size you prefer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the top is puffed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. When you’re ready to prepare the glaze, whisk together all the ingredients until a viscous glaze forms. Add more powdered sugar to thicken it up and more sour cream or lemon juice to thin it out. Drizzle over top of the prepared cake and enjoy!

 

 

Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks to Google Analytics, I’m well aware that a lot of you here are kinda like me. 9 out of 10 of you are female, over half of you are in my age bracket, and we share a variety of other common interests like shopping, entertainment, and traveling. While there is no cookie cutter,  run-of-the-mill prototype for what you might call “The Average Woman,” experience and life have taught me that a lot of us, at our core, have similarities. So today I want to write about something I’ve been learning, in hopes that it might speak to you.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve spent many days of my life on the side of the road where the grass wasn’t as green. While I always had a supportive family, at least one good friend to my name, and a host of other things to be grateful for, I struggled with little insecurities and spent most of my life with a measuring stick in hand, trying to determine where I stood in the lineup of people around me. Even today as a 30-year-old woman, I find myself occassionally tiptoeing onto the scale of comparison because I’ve convinced myself that I should be more or that someone else is better. 

Do you feel this? Is your life riddled with doubt and shame? Do you find yourself filling up secret, lonely places with the weightiness of jealousy? Even small, seemingly insignificant areas of self-doubt can create mountains of pain in the strongest of humans, and it happens to me so frequently that I’m certain I’m not alone in this; some of you are struggling to stay afloat in this boat with me.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

So here are my two cents, the truth that I am using to Drain-O my brain from the lies that sneak in from time to time:  

Your life is significant. The things that make you who you are- the hopes and the history, your personality and your passions, every curve of your body and outline of your words- those things have value. There is beauty spilling out from every corner of you, and with an ounce of confidence and joy to back up that grace in your life, the world around you won’t be able to stop watching. Your gifts are a unique contribution to the universe and they matter.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

I listened to a podcast recently that completely blew my mind with these truths. While I was listening, it was like the blinders were removed and suddenly I was able to see how much I had hurt myself by not recognizing the value of own my life. By failing to treasure myself and the things I had to offer, I was unable to fully appreciate the beauty in the lives of the people around me. My perception of myself was so clouded by what I lacked that the beautiful hair and athleticism and freedom and talent and awards and opportunities that everyone around me had felt like a threat. Instead of admiring it, cheering it on, and broadcasting its awesomeness to the people within my reach, I mentally chalked up another point for them and sagged lower under the weight of my own insecurity. 

Whether we admit it or not, I think we all do this to an extent. Today’s world has made the comparison game a full-on mental slaughter for some of us, and at some point we have to say no. We need to open our eyes to how much we truly matter so that we can appreciate the value of our lives and admire the gold in others. We were all created with such intentionality and precision, so we can rest in knowing that we are lovely simply because God made us that way.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

That’s my soapbox for the morning. If you need encouragement today, please reach out to me. And if you need delicious breakfast, please try these coffee cake muffins.

This recipe for coffee cake muffins was adapted from my Mimi’s coffee cake recipe.  It’s become a special occasion breakfast food for my family, but the cake is so delicious that I knew I needed to make is accessible for everyday mornings. These coffee cake muffins turned out springy, fluffy, and perfectly cinnamon-sweet, so please trust that I will be making these little fellows for all of the special mornings coming up.

To make them, simply cream together the butter and sugar before adding an egg and some vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with some buttermilk, and scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin. There’s a cinnamon and brown sugar filling that you can use to top and fill your muffins if you should so choose. Although I’d like to say that this step is optional, the truth is that an extra bite of sweet makes these coffee cake muffins divine. So definitely do it.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Happy baking and Happy Sunday to you all! 

If you like these coffee cake muffins, you should try:

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Peach Crumb Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits 

 

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Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

These coffee cake muffins are like individual servings of buttermilk coffee cake, complete with a cinnamon sugar sprinkle topping. Simple and perfect for breakfast or dessert.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (168 gm) full-fat buttermilk

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-compartment muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add ½ cup of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat on low just until almost combined. Add the buttermilk, stir, and then mix in the remaining flour. Beat on low until the batter is smooth and uniform, but do not over-mix. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons of batter (I use a medium cookie scoop) into the bottom of each muffin tin. Moisten your fingers slightly to push the batter into the bottom of the tins. Sprinkle each battered tin with ¾ teaspoon of the filling and then divide the remaining batter among the 12 compartments. Sprinkle each muffin with the remaining filling and bake in the preheat oven for about 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins are puffed and a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.

Almond Coconut Cake

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m dreaming of a beach- warm sand, sun shining, and not a down-puffed jacket in sight. There’s no snow, no wind chill, no freezing temperatures-induced leg hair. Just me, a sassy tan, and maybe a few slices of this almond coconut cake.

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.comAlmond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure what March’s problem is, but it is way to cold for this time of year. For all of the sweltering summers and muggy falls that we put up with here in the South, the silver lining is usually a temperate, sunny-and-75-degrees March through April. I should be wearing shorts and cute cardigans, not Ugg boots and wool socks. If you’re reading this, Mother Nature, would you please compose yourself and deliver some decent weather sometime this year?

As a result, we’ve spent the last few days either huddled inside or chasing the sunny patches of warmth in the backyard, and while I don’t mind getting a few extra wears out of my winter boots, I really am craving for warmer weather. To pass the time, I’ve been baking up warm-weather treats that taste like summer and forecast the coming change of season. This almond coconut cake that I’m sharing today is the product of that wishful baking, and I think it will get you itching for summer too!

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Let me break it down for you. We’ve got three layers of almond coconut cake- seriously moist, fluffy, and just the right amount of sweetness- flavored with a smidge of almond extract. The cake has the tasty addition of shredded sweetened coconut, so each bite has that delightful tropical texture to it. The frosting on this almond coconut cake is equally delicious. Butter, cream cheese, and almond extract make up the bulk of this American-style buttercream, and it is so good that I literally scraped the bowl of my mixer with shortbread cookies as a snack. I love myself and I hate myself, okay?

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the cake we start with the layers. Butter and sugar are creamed in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Eggs, almond, and vanilla extract come next, and the dry ingredients are added to the mix, alternating with canned coconut milk. The batter is poured into 3-8″ pans and baked until lightly golden. In the meantime, you can work on your frosting! Beat room temperature butter until light and creamy and then add a block of softened cream cheese. Once incorporated, add the extracts, salt, and powdered sugar to the mix. The frosting should be smooth but still thick enough to hold to the sides of the cake. If you find it is too loose, you can add additional powdered sugar or chill it in the fridge.

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.comAlmond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to assemble my cakes while the layers are slightly frozen. To do this, simply wrap the cooled cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze on a flat surface until well chilled. When ready to assemble, whip up the frosting, trim any domed tops off of your cakes, and stack away! This almond coconut cake comes together easily, but if you need more help with you cake baking, check out this post here. After the cake is stacked, you can adorn it with toasted coconut or sliced almonds, whichever you’d prefer. 

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This almond coconut cake would make a terrific addition to you Easter tables, assuming you’re not already making THIS beauty. Give it a try sometime soon and let me know what you think! Happy baking to you all and catch you next week!

If you like this almond coconut cake, you should check out:

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie 

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

Raspberry Streusel Cake

White Chocolate Cake

 

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Almond Coconut Cake

Almond Coconut Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for a sweet and fluffy almond layer cake, speckled with flakes of sweetened coconut and frosted with a coconut American buttercream. The whole thing is topped with extra toasted coconut and almond, a cake that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This layer cake is simple and easy to make, and learning how to make stacked naked cakes is fun! Find the recipe for this Easter / spring cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This almond coconut cake is three layers of moist vanilla and almond scented coconut cake filled with an almond cream cheese buttercream and topped with extra toasted almonds and coconut! Perfect for spring parties and Easter!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 90
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 11/4 cups (280 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 gm) sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups (390 gm) cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 gm) full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups (170 gm) shredded sweetened coconut

For the frosting:

  • 11/2 cups (340 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces (230 gm) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lbs (907 gm) powdered sugar
  • Additional sliced almonds or shredded coconut for garnish, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare three 8” round baking pans by lining the bottoms with parchment rounds and spraying the sides with baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugar. Beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time on low speed and beat to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the extracts. In a smaller separate bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the cake batter and then stir in the coconut milk. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir just until almost combined. Stir in the shredded coconut.
  3. Fill the three prepared pans with equal amounts of batter, smooth the tops, and bake in the preheated oven for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat to combine, about 45 seconds. Add the extracts and salt, stirring to combine. Add the powdered sugar and stir on low speed until incorporated, and then increase speed to beat for about 20 seconds. If you taste your frosting and would prefer it a bit sweeter, add an additional ½ cup powdered sugar. If you frosting it too thick to spread, add a tablespoon of water or milk until it comes to the right consistency.
  2. When ready to assemble the cakes, trim any dome off the top of each cake. Spread 1-1/4 cups of frosting on top of the first cake layer and then top it with a second layer of cake. Repeat this process once more and then continue frosting the cake to your liking. If desired, toast some almonds or shredded coconut in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 -15 minutes, stirring regularly, to use as a garnish. This step isn’t necessary. Cake can be stored at room temperature but is best on day of assembly.

Notes

  • I prefer to frost partially frozen cakes. You can bake the cake layers, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze up to a week in advance, and then assemble as normal. This help to keep your cakes from slouching, but be sure to freeze them on flat surfaces.

Alphabet Cream Pie Tutorial

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

Around here, we look for any reason to celebrate. Whether it’s Christmas Day, the neighbor’s cat’s birthday, or 5 days since someone in our home wet the bed, we hunt out reasons to throw a party like our lives (and sanity) depend on it. There’s something 100% fabulous about celebrating for little reason at all, and I love to find new treats to serve at these any-occasion gatherings. So unless you’ve been living under a giant rock or still haven’t mastered Instagram (shoutout to my husband!), you’ve probably seen the cute little layered cream tarts in the shape of numbers and letters all over the internet. They’re adorable, and I loved the idea so much that I hopped on that bandwagon to bring you a tutorial to make your very own alphabet cream pie. 

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

Let me give you the quick scoop on these. I have no idea where they originated from, but I will tell you that they have taken over the internet. These desserts typically start with two sets of baked tart shells cut into the shape of numbers or letters. A cream filling is piped on each set of tarts that are then layered together and decorated with a million different treats: fresh fruit, macaroons, mini marshmallows, cookies, flowers, sprinkles, and the rest of the kitchen sink. Over time, the pastry cream barely softens the tarts so that you have a creamy layered dessert that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

I decided I didn’t want to fuss with tart shells and pastry cream. I wanted something I was more familiar with, something that would taste better, something way easier. So I introduce to you the alphabet cream pie: a few layers of buttery pie crust, filled with a simple lemon and vanilla bean whipped cream cheese, and topped with all of my favorite fresh fruit. Although this alphabet cream pie takes a step or two to make, it is the simplest version of this fancy pants treat that you will find and is incredibly fun to make. Let’s get started! Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

What You’ll Need:

Paper or stencil to trace letters/numbers

Paring knife or X-acto knife to trim out letters/numbers

Parchment paper for lining baking sheets

Piping bag fitted with a large round tip (I use Wilton 1A ) or a large plastic bag

1 Recipe for pie dough (see below)

1 Recipe for cream filling (see below) 

Items to decorate the pie

 

Directions:

You’ll need a stencil to trace out the numbers or letters for the alphabet cream pie. I printed out block letters on sheets of computer paper, cut them out, and used those to trace my letters onto the dough. You could also sketch it out on a piece of parchment paper. Using a stencil is vital so that your stacked letters match up. You’ll have enough dough to cover approximately two half sheet pans, so be sure that you letters aren’t any larger than what would fit on the pan- otherwise you’ll require more dough!

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and roll the dough out on a floured surface to ¼” thick. If the dough is too hard, allow it to rest at room temp about 5-10 minutes.  Use a paring knife or a clean X-acto knife to cut out the letters. You’ll need two of each letter or number as they will stack one on top of the other. (Sidetone: I opted to do “HBD,” which is millennial shorthand for “Happy Birthday,” but you could just as easily do a number 16, 21, or 50 for a special birthday, or even just one single giant letter to celebrate someone awesome!) Place the letters on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least an inch apart. If the dough got soft and the letters smooshed a bit, just use the stencil to reorient the letter how it was meant to be shaped. Place the prepared pan in the fridge or freezer to firm up (5 minutes for freezer, 10 minutes for fridge) and then bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the letters are barely puffed and golden. You can bake multiple pans in the oven, just be sure to quickly rotate the top and bottom pans about halfway through. Allow the letters to cool thoroughly on a cooling rack prior to use.

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

When the letters have cooled, prepare the serving platter or workspace you’re going to assemble the pie on. Place about half of the cream filling in a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip. If you don’t have this, feel free to fill a gallon or quart sized plastic bag with some cream and snip the tip off of the corner of the bag. Your round dollops won’t be as perfect, but no one will care. Pipe a dot or two of cream under each letter (once it has chilled, this will adhere it gently to your serving platter), and then begin piping ½ tablespoon-sized dollops all over the letters. I prefer to use rows and columns, but you can do it however you please. Once you’ve covered the first layer of letters, place the second layer of letters gently on top and then repeat this process. Cover the letters entirely with dollops of cream, refilling your piping bag as needed.

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

When you’ve completed the process, you’re ready to decorate! I use fresh fruit, like strawberries and blueberries, or even little candies. You are free to decorate with little cookies or edible flowers as well. If you use non-edible flowers, just wrap the stem or base of the flower touching the pie in a tiny piece of aluminum foil to keep them food safe. You can also color any remaining cream filling and use a star tip or another decorative piping tip to pipe on little colorful dollops of cream. The pie itself will keep in the fridge for a few days, but the items on top of the pie may begin to weep and bleed. As a result, I recommend eating this treat the day it is made.

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

This alphabet cream pie is totally festive and the perfect treat to celebrate the birthdays, anniversaries, and everyday happenings in your life. Make it for someone awesome and top it with all of their favorite things. It will be the celebration pie to beat!

If you like this alphabet cream pie tutorial, check out:

Painted Sugar Cookies 

Marbled Sugar Cookies

Gold Splatted Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Easter Cake 

 

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Alphabet Cream Pie

Alphabet Cream Pie recipe and tutorial by wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a tutorial for those letter / number pastry cream filled tart cookies that have been popping up all over the internet! Find out how to make this simple dessert that is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. You make two sheets of pie crust letters and fill the whole thing with piped out lemon whipped cream cheese filling. The tart is topped with fresh fruit, macaroon cookies, flowers, candies, sprinkles and whatever else feels festive. Learn how to stencil and prepare this fun treat! recipe on thewoodandspoon.cpom

This alphabet cream pie is a take on those popular letter/number tarts that are taking over the internet! This is two layers of shaped baked pie dough filled with a lemon vanilla bean cream cheese whipped filling and topped with fresh berries. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
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Ingredients

For the pie crust:

  • 3 ½ cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons (12 gm) sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon (4 gm) salt
  • 2/3 cup (135 gm) chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup (11/2 sticks, 170 gm) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 10 tablespoons (approximately) ice water

For the cream filling:

  • 8 ounces (225 gm) regular cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 3 cups (680 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 11/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

Instructions

To prepare the pie dough:

  1. Give the dry ingredients a whiz in the food processor to combine.
  2. Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until barely evenly dispersed and pea-sized clump exist throughout.
  3. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. I typically use about 6 tablespoons of water.
  4. Remove dough from food processor and separate in two round disks. Wrap in Saran wrap and chill for at least one to two hours prior to use.

To prepare the cream filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest together until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add a few tablespoons of the cream and beat to incorporate. Add a bit more cream and beat to incorporate. Once the cream cheese mixture is thick and liquidy, add the remaining cream and the vanilla, beating until thickened and stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use, but best used immediately.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

What has happened to the weekends? Is it just me, or are we all losing our minds? With two kids and a stacked schedule, the weekends have begun to fill up with the chaos and rush that is normally reserved for Monday through Friday. I ask you- WHERE IS THE RELAXATION?! With so much to accomplish on the weekends, I say we take back our mornings and make them extra special with a stack of buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. Who’s in?!

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I can remember preparing breakfast in bed as a kid. I’d fill a tray with one of everything from our pantry: toast with jam, toast with peanut butter, a bowl of cereal, a bowl of fruit, a half of a Pop-Tart, a glass of juice, a cup of milk, and maybe even a granola bar (if the tray could hold it). The spread was more akin to a two-star breakfast buffet, and although I’m sure my Mother nearly threw up when she saw the amount of food I’d prepared for her, she would nibble away and act totally impressed with my work. Bless you, Mom. 

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Now as an adult, I find myself wanting to capture the glory of those lazy Saturdays once more. Aimee and George are hardly old enough to treat me to a carb-fest in bed, but I think there is still room to fill bellies (and hearts, right?) with a bit of weekend magic. Buttermilk pancakes is 100% the way to do it.

I’m proud to call this recipe for buttermilk pancakes my own. Buttery and fluffy with just the right amount of tang, these buttermilk pancakes are a simple dish that you’d be thrilled to serve too. The batter takes just a few minutes to whip up, but the reward is nothing short of glorious.

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.comButtermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start with the batter. Melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla are stirred together with a bit of sugar. Next, the dry ingredients are folded in and combined just until a few lumps remain. Be careful not to overmix the batter and allow it to rest while you heat your pan.

Here’s where you can freestyle a bit. If you’re into pancakes with buttery, crispy edges, load your pan up with butter and keep the heat just under medium-high. If you prefer an evenly cooked pancake, golden brown throughout, give your pan just a sweep of butter before adding the batter to a moderately heated pan. I like to wrap a pat of butter in a thin paper towel and rub it against the hot pan. That way, you get an even coat of butter without all the extra bubble and spatter. Use a measuring cup to ladle out large rounds of batter, and gently smooth it out to form uniform cakes. Cook until the batter is bubbling throughout and then flip to finish off the other side.

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I prefer these buttermilk pancakes served classically with a huge schmear of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, but there are a million ways to get creative here! Add fresh berries or a cooked compote for a special breakfast. Include sprinkles, chocolate chips, or pecans in the batter for a unique spin. Make your own syrup or go crazy with the whipped cream, because these buttermilk pancakes are the perfect vehicle for a healthy dose of morning joy. Enjoy them however you’d prefer.Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.comButtermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Make these pancakes this weekend and take time to share them with some people you love. Happy hump day to you all and catch you next week!

If you like these buttermilk pancakes you should try:

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Buttermilk Biscuits Sandwiches

Funfetti Scones

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

These buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and barely tangy, the perfect vehicle for butter and maple syrup. This recipe makes enough breakfast for a family of four!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 13/4 cups (390 gm) full-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Extra butter for greasing skillet

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir together with a spoon or spatula until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Do not overmix. Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. When ready to start preparing pancakes, heat a griddle to medium (325 degrees) and stir the batter once more. Wrap 1 tablespoon butter in a napkin or paper towel and use it to lightly grease your griddle. Spoon 1/3 cup of batter rounds onto the griddle and gently smooth each out into a 5” circle. Cook until bubbles appear in the center of the pancake and the edges no longer look glossy. Flip the pancakes and cook and additional 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Serve with extra butter and syrup.

 

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

There’s a reason I drink wine. It’s the same reason I go for walks and listen to the same comforting records over and over again. It’s the reason I lose myself  in perfecting cinnamon bread recipes and hide little slices of  blood orange cheesecake in the back of the fridge. 

Kids. The reason is kids. 

Let me be clear: Mothering is the honor of my life. It’s full of surprises and joy and tears burning in the corners of your eyes because you didn’t know a tiny person could make you laugh so hard. It’s rich and life-giving, and I wouldn’t trade these days for all of the long legs, designer handbags, and front row tickets to Hamilton that the world has to offer. 

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

But there’s also endless laundry. There’s sassy toddlers who spend a week’s worth of dinners in time out. There’s blueberries smashed in the seat cushions and about one million questions that start with “Why?” and end with absolutely nothing of importance. This work that we do, Mothers- this beautiful, repetitive, insanity-inducing joy of our lives- is quite often a literal and proverbial poop show, and you’ll never guess who gets the backstage pass to the whole thing. 

Yup. It’s the same person who shoves peas into chubby cheeks and clips microscopic toenails. It’s the person who loses their last French fry to a quick-handed toddler. It’s the gal who sorts through the trash to find the various remotes, sippy cups, and shoes that someone “hid” in the garbage can. A mother’s list of responsibilities is only outmatched by the number of tears they wipe and tantrums they tame, and we somehow trick ourselves into signing up for it again and again and again.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I recently started talking about the potential of growing our family in the distant future. Sometimes the thought of taking on one more human makes me absolutely choke on my own spit. If I have to listen to one more person whining at the dinner table, I will face-plant in my plate of spaghetti. But still, there are intangibles to mothering that make it irresistible.

Like sometimes I watch my two children from afar as if the whole thing is happening in slow-motion, black and white. I see little faces wrinkled with smiles, heads thrown back with laughter. They move wildly, chasing each other around the kingdom of our backyard like they could run anywhere in the world. Suddenly, they turn. We lock eyes, and no sooner than a whispered “Mama” unfurls in the wind, they’re running towards me- arms open and voices shrieking into a knock-you-over kind of embrace. The exchange we make for all of the broken dishes and dirty socks is suddenly worth it, because there is nothing quite as remarkable as the sound of little voices whispering your name. There is nothing like the chance to be loved back.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.comBlood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

So yes, motherhood is hard. I don’t know if it gets easier, but while we wait to find out, let’s indulge in simple luxuries. Like this blood orange cheesecake. 

This recipe was adapted from a blog favorite, my Meyer lemon cheesecake. You guys go crazy for that thang, so I knew I had to create more cheesy, citrusy goodness. The result is this head-turning, creamsicle-colored blood orange beauty that is sure to beat the pants off of any other dessert in your fridge.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

To make it, we start with the crust. Crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, and cinnamon are mixed together to soak up a pool of melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9″ springform pan and bake it in the oven while you get started on the filling.

Cream cheese and sugar are creamed together until light and fluffy. Next come a few eggs, some heavy cream, and the blood orange juice and zest. Take care to not overwork your batter, and be sure to incorporate all of the little bits of cheese and zest. No one wants a clumpy cheesecake. Bake the whole thing in the oven until jiggly but set around the outer edges.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to take a few precautions with my cheesecake. First, I always prepare a water bath. This will ensure that my cheesecake bakes evenly and avoids any major cracks in its top. Second, I triple layer the aluminum foil around my pan to ensure that no water leaks into my pan. Even supposed “leak-free” pans have sprung a leak, and I promise, nothing is more demoralizing and wasting all of your precious blood oranges on a soggy cheesecake. And finally, I let my cheesecakes cool in phases to prevent any major structural damage. This includes a brief stint in a hot, but turned off, oven, a rest on the counter, and a long chill in the fridge.

This blood orange cheesecake is sweet and tart, a brilliant ode to that stunning winter fruit. Pick up a bag of blood oranges at your market and give this recipe a try! I hope y’all have a great end to your week.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this blood orange cheesecake, you should try:

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce

Orange Cardamom Rolls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

 

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Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

This blood orange cheesecake is a sweet and tart, creamy dessert with a cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust. Learn how to make a successful cheesecake here!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 10 1x
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 10 sheets (150 gm) honey graham crackers, crumbled finely
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (75 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) of blood orange juice (about the juice of 34 blood oranges)
  • 2 teaspoons grated blood orange zest, avoiding the pith

 

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until set.

 

To prepare the cheesecake

  1. Keep the oven preheated and get some water boiling in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, vanilla, blood orange juice, and zest. Beat just to combine.
  4. Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the prebaked crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

 

To prepare the topping:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream in it becomes frothy and thick. Add the sugar and beat to medium stiff peaks. Spread over top of the cooled cheesecake and serve!

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.