Pretty Is The Name

I think you can tell a lot about me by looking at some of my prized belongings. If my wardrobe is a personal statement of how I present myself to the world, then my tableware is a reflection of me at my most comfortable. While you may not see me all decked out in floral and lace, I do have a weakness for pretty things. There is a girly side of me that is not apparent when you see me as an athlete. It’s definitely there though, often when I’m lounging at home.

Raspberry Almond Yogurt Cake

Baking can take inspiration from many places and last week I was inspired to showcase my latest favourite cups and bowls and plates. Since I brought these beauties home from Europe, I’ve been using them everyday! Just looking at them on my dinner table elevates even a dreary supper into something festive. I’ve always wanted lace-edge plates for no other reason than threading the edge with colourful ribbons. Silly and impractical but oh-so-pretty. This off-kilter red organza bow on the white plate makes me think of Hello Kitty which in turn inspired this Raspberry Almond Yogurt Cake. The classic French yogurt cake got a girly makeover with ground almond, bits of almond paste, juicy fresh raspberries, and Swedish pearl sugar. I’m ready for a tea party!


 

Raspberry Almond Yogurt Cake I am a fan of yogurt cake because it is so easy to make. Chances are I have all the ingredients at the ready in the kitchen without any special shopping trips. I love to dress up the cake with sweet tart pieces of fresh fruit. A dollop of whipped cream or ice-cream would be nice but the cake can most definitely stand on its own. Little effort for great taste, that’s value in my books!

I started off with Dorie Greenspan’s French Yogurt Cake recipe including ground almond as suggested. The batter was divided between two 6-inch round cake pans. I dotted the batter with chopped up pieces of almond paste, fresh raspberries, and generous amount of Swedish pearl sugar. The finished cake had a lovely contrast of texture and taste due to all these add-ins.

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Raspberry Almond Yogurt Cake

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