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Southlake, TX ~ Keep It Simple!

The theme this month, “Keep It Simple!” was perfect for this busy time of year as schools are winding down and summer is approaching.  It is also a great reminder that baking delicious cakes doesn’t have to be a crazy, complicated, time-consuming affair!  Seventeen of us (including a few guests!) met at TruFire in Southlake Town Square and enjoyed really yummy cocktails, wine and food before cutting into 12 very diverse and delicious — yet SIMPLE — cakes!

We also had to say “goodbye” to our dear friend, Heather!  She has been a member of cake club for over 3 year and we will miss her!

Magic Cake – Laurie’s cake “magically” turns into three separate layers and tasted like silky vanilla flan with a light sponge cake top.

Valencia Orange Almond Cake – Elisha made a traditional Spanish cake (in honor of Heather!) with almond meal and a whole boiled and blended orange, simply dusted with powdered sugar. Oh, and it’s gluten and dairy free!

Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake – Christina and Pat made a vanilla and chocolate pudding cake covered with chocolate chips!  This was so simple they even made a second cake to leave home for the kids!

Chocolate Surprise Cake – Clair’s husband James surprised her by baking this lovely chocolate cake with M&Ms inside!  This simplest cake to bake is one someone else bakes for you! 🙂

Devil’s Food Buttermilk Cake with Dulce de Leche Glaze – Ellen made a rich, chocolatey Cake Mix Doctor cake.  She dressed it up with her own dulce de leche glaze drizzled on top.

Rum Cake – Carol made a beautifully simple rum cake with toasted walnuts.  Variations of this recipe have been popular at CCC over the past four years and they are always delicious!

Nathan’s Lemon Cake – Tanya’s lemon cake was tart and very lemony with a raspberry filling that paired perfectly for a fresh, summery cake.

Cinnamon Crunch Cake – Renee’s cake had warm cinnamon and spices and crunchy pecans and icing drizzled on top.  Beautiful and easy!

White Chocolate and Rose Cake – To many, Deepa’s cake may not have seemed that “simple” but Deepa said it was easy to pull together!  The flavors were wonderful — white chocolate cake with a delicate rose flavor from the rose water.  The pink ombre and edible rose petals on top were beautiful!

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting – Lexie made a simple yet rich and delicious chocolate sheet cake with a homemade chocolate frosting.

Almond Cake with Cardamom, Rose Water and Pistachios – Carole’s flavor combination was simply delicious — spicy cardamom, sweet rose water and crunchy pistachios on top.  Made with almond meal, this cake was also gluten free.

Stale Panettone Bread Pudding with English Custard – Steffi managed to fight off the jet lag from her latest Italian trip and baked a delicious bread pudding using stale Italian panettone.  Of course, she brought a bottle of warm creme anglais to pour on top!

Thanks to everyone who came this month!  Next month, we will meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m.  More details soon!

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