Blueberry Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

wpid-20150318_175953.jpgI was inspired by a recipe I found on kraftrecipes.com for Lemon-Cream Cheese Cupcakes to make a Blueberry-Lemon Cake for my husband’s birthday. Cakes or cupcakes, this recipe turns out light and fluffy due to the increase in egg whites and decrease in oil.

Ingredients:

1 package  (2-layer size) white cake mix (I like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)

1 package (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding

1 cup  water

4  egg whites

2 Tbsp  oil

1-2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

2 jars cream cheese frosting

 

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350°

2. Mix first 5 ingredients until batter in thick.

Note: I tend to like using a hand mixer so I feel in control of my batter, but I use the stand mixer for this. Because we are working with egg whites you want to work as much air as you can to create that light fluffy cake/cupcake. Give your arm and break 😉

3. Fold in 1/2 of the blueberries.

4. Split batter into 2 round sprayed/non stick pans.

5. Bake for 20-22 minutes (Depending on YOUR oven. They are all different). Half-way through baking switch the pans in between racks. This will allow for more even cooking.

6. Allow the layers to cool then ice and ENJOY!


 

 

 

 

Tip for separating egg whites: use TWO bowls; one for inspection and one for transfer.

1. Crack your egg over your hand (and the empty bowl).

2. Inspect the egg white and if it is okay then transfer to the other bowl.

3. Separate each egg over the bowl, inspect and then transfer to the other egg whites.

If by chance one of the eggs has yolk in it then the whole batch of egg whites is not ruined!

wpid-20150318_181115.jpgNotes: 

  • What about the other half of the blueberries!? So I did not do this with my original cake and while it was delicious, we all agreed it needed more blueberry flavor. Instead of just adding all of those blueberries to the cake and risk ruining the consistency, we decided to add it to the frosting.
    • With a food processor or blender, puree the other 1/2 of the blueberries (this is where frozen will work really nice!)
    • Scoop out 1 jar of frosting and blend with blueberry puree
    • Add to piping bag and add to the top of the bottom layer for the filling
    • Ice the outside of the cake with the other jar of plain cream cheese frosting
  • Added touches:
    • Add a ring of fresh blueberries around the bottom
    • Use a knife and tap all over the top layer to create a “spiked” look

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Work In Progress (WIP) 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan: Clue #4

wpid-20150318_182629.jpgHere is  my WIP for the Mystery Afghan CAL. Clue #4 can be found here.

This week added a couple more rows to fill in some of the gaps of the crochet layers and even out the squares. They are actually starting to look more like squares again! Both rows were with Contrast A so no need for a color change.

Each week has written instruction along with a chart. I have never used charts before, but I find myself each week relying on them more and more to learn the row(s).

I still have not found out what the chain 20 loops are going to be used for but they look like they belong more on the square.

I am so close to being caught up! When I finally am I am going to have a weave-in-ends party…who’s in?

Here are some more images of Week #4 WIP:

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TOTAL PROGRESS

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WEEK 1

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WEEK 2

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WEEK 3

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Week 4


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Here are my colors reference:

  • Caron Simply Soft – Burgundy (Contrast A)
  • Caron Simply Soft – Off White (Contrast B)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Grey Heather (Contrast C)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Charcoal Heather (Contrast D)

I hope you all will following along with my progress (here or through Facebook) or sign-up yourself and post your own progress! I think this will be a great project for myself to learn and grow my skills. I am very excited to be participating in my 1st crochet along! This is the 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan by The Crochet Crowd.

Work In Progress (WIP) 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan: Clue #3

wpid-20150308_184036.jpgHere is  my WIP for the Mystery Afghan CAL. Clue #3 can be found here.

This week introduced more crochet layers and two different color changes. In the beginning of the week I was really struggling with the design. I think in the end this afghan will really just be for display only. This is fine with me since the design is so detailed and it will be showcased, but I lean more towards function than fashion. By the end of completing this week I started to really warm up to the design. I am confident in my color selections. They emphasize what they are intended to. I am glad they are all the same and I did not alternate colors with same row and different squares. I think that would have made it too busy and the design would have been lost.

Row 7 is very interesting. I am excited to find out of the chain 20 loops come into play!

I still have not woven in my ends so I do not have a picture of all 20 squares together. They would just look like a mess right now!

Here are some more images of Week #3 WIP:

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Week #3 – Row 6 (Grey Heather)

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Week #3 – Row 7; Chain 20 Loop – Out (Charcoal Heather)

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Week #3 – Row 7, Chain 20 Loop – In (Charcoal Heather)

 


TOTAL PROGRESS

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WEEK 1

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WEEK 2

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WEEK 3


 

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Here are my colors reference:

  • Caron Simply Soft – Burgundy (Contrast A)
  • Caron Simply Soft – Off White (Contrast B)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Grey Heather (Contrast C)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Charcoal Heather (Contrast D)

I hope you all will following along with my progress (here or through Facebook) or sign-up yourself and post your own progress! I think this will be a great project for myself to learn and grow my skills. I am very excited to be participating in my 1st crochet along! This is the 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan by The Crochet Crowd.

Work In Progress (WIP) 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan: Clue #2

wpid-20150308_154253.jpgHere is  my WIP for the Mystery Afghan CAL. I finished them in 8 days.

Clue #2 can be found here.

This week’s clue was learning to crochet a cross on top of the existing granny squares from the first week. My mom called this “surface crochet.” I am indifferent right now to this technique. It is new to me (which makes it a little weird and scary) so I am willing to hang in there and see how it all turns out. This technique opens up the possibilities for incredible designs. True works of art! Right now I am a little sad that my squares are being convered up!

I still need to weave in my ends, but I am so behind in my weeks due to multiple illnesses in my house that I may just wait until I am caught up.

Here are some more images of Week #2 WIP:

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Week #2 – Single Granny Square with Cross

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Week #2 – Completed Squares

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Week #2 – Completed Squares

 

 

 


 

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Here are my colors reference:

  • Caron Simply Soft – Burgundy (Contrast A)
  • Caron Simply Soft – Off White (Contrast B)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Grey Heather (Contrast C)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Charcoal Heather (Contrast D)

I hope you all will following along with my progress (here or through Facebook) or sign-up yourself and post your own progress! I think this will be a great project for myself to learn and grow my skills. I am very excited to be participating in my 1st crochet along! This is the 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan by The Crochet Crowd.

Hat Calculator

excel_iconWhat was my WIP for today? My FABULOUS Excel spreadsheet for my Hat Calculator! In a matter of seconds I have my calculations for at least 6 different size hats for my new Bumpy Beanie pattern and any pattern I can think of going forward! It of course requires me to actually start gauging my work, but totally worth it! Will share more soon!