ic Kathe With an E: Summer Lemon Blonde Cake

Monday, March 18, 2013

Summer Lemon Blonde Cake

My girls, Julie at White Lights On Wednesday
are at it again with their
Get Your Chef On Challenge.

The secret ingredient for this round is

Well, since Mr. B is a card carrying member of the
American Home Brewers Association,
meaning he makes his own beer,
I just had to enter!

I also knew that I had to use my absolute favorite of his brews,
Summer Lemon Blonde.
Summer Lemon Blonde Cake
 This is a refreshing and light tasting beer with just a hint of lemon flavor.
I call it a "back porch" style of beer because it's perfect for sipping on
on a warm summer evening after you've been working in the yard.
Just like Mr. B put on the label!
Summer Lemon Blonde Cake
In my search for the perfect recipe I came across this one
for a Lemon Pilsner Cake.
Seriously, what is not to love? 
You know me and my "thing" for lemons.

Plus, using Mr. B's Summer Lemon Blonde could only amp up the flavor, right?

You can use any quality, light flavored beer (NOT light beer! C'mon, we're making a cake here, not some diet salad!).
I know there are some lemon flavored beers available too, so,
I would personally suggest something along those lines.
But, if not available, just use a good beer.

Cooking with beer is like cooking with wine,
only use something you would drink straight out of the bottle.
So, here you go, my entry into the Get Your Chef On Challenge,

Summer Lemon Blonde Cake
(Adapted from a recipe from The Beeroness)
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 average sized lemon)
1/2 cup Summer Lemon Blonde Beer
Summer Lemon Blonde Cake
Grease and flour a large loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest until well mixed.
In the bowl of  stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl between additions. Add the lemon juice and mix until well combined. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour a bit at a time until just barely combined, do not over mix.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and add the beer, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until the top turns a light golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the loaf pan.

For the icing I went with my own favorite cream cheese frosting and used beer for the liquid:

½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temp
8 oz. cream cheese at room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 to 4 Tablespoons Summer Lemon Blonde Beer
Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until fully combined and smooth, about 30 seconds.
Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
Slowly add the beer, a little bit at a time until desired consistency is met. (Don’t add too much if you want the frosting to stay in place when used on the cake.)
Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
Summer Lemon Blonde Cake
 Serve well chilled, just like your beer.
This is the perfect Spring or Summer dessert!
Full of lemony flavor and, don't worry, no beer taste at all!
I'd love to hear if you try this recipe.

And, I'd love it if you'd go and check out all of the
other entries in the
Get Your Chef On Challenge!

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  1. You had me at SUMMER! !!! Hot lawn work and cold beer sounds really good right now! Top it all off with a slice of cake and I will be in heaven. I cant help wondering if these yucky days will ever end.
    Have a great Tuesday!

  2. I have this thing with lemons!! I love them!! This looks awesome! ~ Paula

  3. Your cake looks so refreshing! Living in Northern WI anything with the word summer in it sounds wonderful to me:) I have never had home brewed beer before~ Have a great day:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Oh... My.. WOW... like.. holy beer wow! This looks so so good!

  5. I love lemon cake! Oh and if you add beer, I'm so there!!
    hugs, Linda

  6. OH my goodness...thus cake looks amazing!!

  7. If you'd deliver, I'd be happy to sample. :-) Looks wonderful!

  8. My hubs likes to make beer biscuits. Interesting links with so many ways to use beer other than drinking.

  9. Lemon anything goes big at my house! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for hosting link party too!
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

  10. It is so incredibly cool that you used your husband's beer in your recipe!

  11. Yum! I love anything lemon! Would never have thought to add beer but that's the beauty of this round of GYCO. I'm learning all kinds of new things! Thanks for sharing!

  12. How terrific you were able to use your 'favorite' brew in this recipe. The cake looks so delicious. This challenge made me realize that beer can be used in more recipes than I imagined. It's is really a 'secret' ingredient.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  13. What an interesting combination for a beer. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  14. This lemon cake looks so light and delicious!! Thanks for sharing. I have a weekly Link Up Party on Thursdays that just opened!! We homeschool and I'm sure our readers would love to see this post. Hope to see you there at allthingswithpurpose.com. P.S. We are your newest FB like :)

  15. Girl this is the best of both worlds! I love cake and my hubs loves beer...so should both be happy if I make this cake! Thank you Kathe! Have a great week!

  16. This looks delicious. I am visiting you via No Minimalist Here. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a Giveaway for my blog's birthday. Please join in if you like it :)

  17. What a neat idea and looking forward to trying! Stopping by from Mom on Timeout :)


  18. I love lemons! This recipe looks great and I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Hugs & Smiles,


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  20. you had me at lemon! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  21. This sounds so good! I really love cooking with beer. This seems like an absolutely perfect summer dessert. :)

  22. This sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing on Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner. I'm Jen, the co-host this from Through My Creative Mind. I'm your newest follower...I'd love it if you stopped by and did the same :-)
    Make sure to come back every Monday for Creative Show and Tell!

    Jen @ Through My Creative Mind

  23. Looks and sounds really good! Love all things lemony! Thanks for sharing it at the Rock N Share!

  24. Looks wonderful! Thanks for trying this recipe! It sounds like a perfect recipe to try this weekend.

  25. Oh, this looks so good! Looks so fresh and yummy, I'm making this in the future. :)

  26. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!

  27. That looks so yummy! Just the fresh lemons was enough to make me drool!

  28. I'm so glad you linked this up to Saturday Dishes - I've already commented from GYCO challenge, but I still love it! Pinned to SAturday Dishes Pinterest board! ~ Paula

  29. This looks absolutely delicious.


  30. I really can't image what this cake taste likes so I may have to make it to find out. I like both the taste of beer and lemons. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  31. Your cake looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. Please remember to link your recipe back to us. Hope you come back and party with us again next week!

    Kelly {Adorned Well}
    co-host of Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party

  32. Fascinating! It looks delicious. I was listening to an interview with a Georgia home brewer - seems to be very popular! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  33. Hi Kathe~ Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your amazing cake tomorrow! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!

  34. Sound so good! Anything Lemon is great in my book :)

  35. YUM!! How cool that he brews his own beer! Your cake looks so delicious. I want a piece now. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy, Blessed Easter!


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