Let's begin with the inspiration! You might remember the beautiful Pink Lemonade Picnic Cake from Tumbleweed Contessa that was a feature from June's Great Blog Train. Hers is a gorgeous checkerboard!
I followed The Recipe at Tumbleweed Contessa and made just a couple of adjustments to suit our tastes. First up, the original recipe was cut in half since it makes a really big cake! Almond flour substituted for half of the cake flour. This will be a very moist, dense batter. I left out the lemon extract at this point, but it comes back a little later.
Once the batter was mixed, I added vanilla. The batter was then divided into three somewhat equal portions. In one, I added lemon extract and one drop of red food coloring for pink lemonade. In a second bowl, I added the juice and zest of one lime along with one drop of green food coloring. The third portion of batter remained vanilla with no food coloring.
Since I don't have a lovely checkerboard cake form, the three flavors were layered into a loaf pan. Once baked, I drizzled lime glaze on top. You can see I was too impatient to let the cake cool and glaze is all over the place! ;-) We love the warmth of vanilla swirled with the tart citrus of lemon and lime.
What are your favorite summer time desserts?