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Lemon Cake with Pansies

Velvet-petaled pansies are inexpensive and easy to work with as dessert garnishes. Here, they turn a single-layer lemon cake into a special-occasion creation.



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2 cups all-purpose flour
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1 Tbs. grated lemon zest
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1 ½ tsp. baking powder
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¼ tsp. salt
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4 Tbs. unsalted butter or margarine, softened
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1 cup sugar
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2 large eggs
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1 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 cup low-fat buttermilk
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¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
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15 fresh pansies


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.

3. Beat butter and sugar in bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and lemon juice, and beat until smooth. Fold in half of flour mixture, then 1/2 cup buttermilk. Fold in remaining flour mixture, then remaining buttermilk.

4. Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; then unmold, and cool completely on wire rack.

5. Meanwhile, melt raspberry jam with 1 tsp. water in small saucepan until mixture is thin enough to spread. Spread on cake, arrange pansies on top, and cut into 8 slices.

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6 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
4 g
58 g
63 mg
227 mg
<1 g
33 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

where can i buy pansies to eat? do they sell them at whole foods, or do i need to go to a nursery?

that looks really really good. If I can buy some truly free range eggs I will make it.We have two farmer's markets here, in REhoboth, DE. do not trust the ones in the store marked free range. It looks like a very special occasion cake. It is a fact that baby male chicks in the egg-laying business are ground up while alive.

This cake was a hit for my Mom's bday! Thank you so much for this recipe :D