My friend's aquaponic system has been taken over by his mint. The result was inheriting an extremely large bag of this fragrant stuff. The smell of mint makes me smile. I think of clean, and cool, and childhood (mint chocolate chip ice cream was one of my fav.'s). Mint takes me to a happy place.

Cake also takes me to a happy place. So when I was thinking what on earth I was going to do with all this mint I drew a natural conclusion. Mint cake. And what pairs better with mint than lemon?

It's different, it's refreshing, it's yummo.

Mint cake and lemon cream cheese frosting

Fresh Mint Cake Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar and stevia (C&H), divided. Double if you're using sugar.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4-1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Add 1/4 cup sugar-stevia, beat till you have stiff peaks.
  3. Blend the mint and water in a food processor/blender till smooth.
  4. In a separate large bowl, beat the vegetable oil, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar-stevia and salt. Add the egg yolks 1 at a time. Add the mint and water mixture. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Set aside.
  5. Slowly add 1/2 of the egg white mixture into the oil mixture. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold (not beat/whip/smoosh- there's no baking powder in this people!) in the remaining egg white mixture. It doesn't need to be fully incorporated, you don't want to lose the air. 
  6. Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a cutting board and allow to cool before slicing.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions
  1. Using an electric mixter, combine cream cheese, butter, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl and process till smooth. 
  2. Slowly keep adding sugar till thickened and frosting consistency.
    After you've spread the frosting on the cake, cut a slice and admire that natural green color. The taste of this cake is one of natures greatest combinations. The frosting is lemony, the cake is minty but not overpowering, and everything around you turns into rainbows and gumdrops.

    The statements made on this blog are not approved by the FDA. There may be a better flavor combination in nature. Rainbows and gumdrops appearing are directly dependent in your own abiliity of manifestation.

    Pinit


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