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Key Lime Margarita Cake Shot

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It’s officially May and officially too hot down here in Florida. Our forecast for this week includes multiple days in the 90s, I think Florida decided to skip Spring along with Winter this year. Nonetheless, one good thing about Summer and warm weather, a whole new world of diversions, drinks, and desserts come to the forefront again. One of my personal favorites: sitting at the beach, or by the pool, with a margarita in hand, scents from the BBQ mingling with the scents of the warm summer air, and the hope of key lime pie for dessert. So we here at 21 & ‘Upcakes thought, why not combine these into one delicious dessert for summer? Well at least the margarita and key lime pie, we’ll save the BBQ for another time and place. We present to you the Key Lime Margarita Cake Shot.

This joyful little bite-size morsel is perfect for the first of May. It has the refreshing taste of citrus, is small enough you can still fit in that bikini next week, and has the added little punch of tequila. I also have to give a shout out to my friends Brent and Cynthia for this one. Brent is a friend who is actually on an R&D team for a major dessert company and he recently brought over a mini, layered key lime cake which started the wheels turning. Then my friend Cynthia challenged us to create something with key lime, whether it be cake or pie. We chose both.

We started with a layer of graham cracker crust soaked in a light key lime juice glaze, because what’s key lime pie without the crust? Next we topped it we moist key lime cake recipe we found that we of course tweaked and kicked up to ‘Upcake status by adding a dash of key lime margarita. (Which, by the way, is delicious and if you want the recipe for any goings on you may have in the next few days, it can be found on the Food Network site here.)

Then we added a layer of key lime margarita pie. That’s right, key lime pie and a key lime margarita met and created a beautiful bundle of joy that is a spiked pie filling. Once that re-hardened a bit in the freezer we topped it with another layer of cake and a lime twist to finish it off. We wanted to put a real key lime twist on top, but apparently it’s still too early here in Orlando for key limes to have found their way up here.

The result: a bite-size piece of joy that is key lime to the Nth degree. So what are your May and Summer plans? Any recommendations or requests? Or maybe even your favorite Summer drink? Submit your idea and if we turn it into a post, we’ll give you a shout-out too.



Celebrate With Cake

Wonder Woman Cake

We have some great news fellow revolutionaries, our very own Sydney is now certified as an EMT in the state of Florida. And what better way to celebrate than with cake? So that’s exactly what we did. As a surprise we made her favorite cupcake (chocolate raspberry) into a layered cake with the ganache in between the two layers and decorated with Wonder Woman. Since, you know, EMTs save lives just like Wonder Woman. That, and we’re all total geeks over here.

We may have added a little something extra too. If you know Sydney, then you already know her obsession with peanut butter and putting it on everything, so we couldn’t make a cake and not include peanut butter, right? So we tried adding a Reese’s peanut butter “ganache” layer to the chocolate raspberry one. Now I may be biased, but I think that this turned out to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever tasted. Imagine the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had, then combine it with the most decadent PB&J you’ve ever had, and you’d be getting close to this cake. Though I am also quite partial to peanut butter and basically anything that has peanut butter in it.

You will have to forgive us slightly on the overall “prettiness” of the cake seeing as SOMEONE kept trying to come into the kitchen when we were making it. This same person was supposed to be testing for 2 hours, but instead was done in an hour…. Silly over-achievers, always messing up surprise parties. We did manage to make the stars around the Wonder Woman symbol “shine” with use of candles, though – hoorah for last minute thinking.

Tip for those of you making layered cake with a gooey layer in between, make sure EVERYTHING is cooled completely (cake and ganache centers). When you try to hurry and just throw it all together, against your better judgement, you end up with the ooey gooey layer spewing out the side like a squashed, over-stuffed PB&J sandwich. And believe me, you do NOT want to waste that much chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

Nevertheless, we still managed to surprise her and I think she liked the cake, maybe too much, if that’s even possible?

So remember fellow revolutionaries, there’s always a reason to try something new and always celebrate with cake!



History of Cake

They say you can’t know how far you’ve gone, unless you know where you came from. So we thought we’d take this moment to reflect back on just how far desserts, and in particular cake, have come in the past century or so. And now that we know a starting point, how far do you think desserts can go?

Originally designed by Jay Layman