I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a busy one for me. I am thankful, though, because it has meant lots of fun times with my family and friends.
Whenever I head to someone’s house, I always like to bring something with me. Whether it is a big pitcher of sangria, a tray of cupcakes, or another yummy treat, I try not to show up empty-handed.
Although I tend to rely on a few standard recipes, I always keep an eye out for something new. Any recipe that is delicious, easy, and affordable is a winner in my book! If it involves cheese, so much the better!
I’ve found that cheese balls are always popular at parties. They are a tasty snack, and you can get really creative with the ingredients. Since I’m also a big fan of buffalo chicken, I knew that combining the two would be a match made in heaven.
I started off with some delicious, rich, and full-flavor Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheese. When you are making a cheese ball, I’ve learned you need to use really good cheese. And when you can buy award-wining cheese at the grocery store, I’m all about it! Cracker Barrel Cheese is know for it’s rich and full flavor. It really does make this recipe shine as it’s bursting with flavor!
This dish comes together so quickly; you may just want to bring it to every party.
I thought it'd be appropriate to wrap up this week with a cake. (It's Friday after all, and I'm down for any reason to celebrate. How about you?) So, with visions of spring and summer already dancing in my head, today I'm serving up Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake.
What's a "shortcake cake" you may ask? Well, it's all the things you love about shortcake served in cake form. Like this...
Not only does it look beautiful, but I find it so easy to serve this way. Normally, you need to prepare individual shortcakes just before serving. With a shortcake cake, all you do is slice, serve, and enjoy!
Although the recipe may sound a bit complicated, you'll find it's easy to make. First, prepare your shortcake. What's nice about this method is that you bake the entire shortcake in one pan instead of having to roll out and cut individual circles of cake.
While the cake bakes, you can put together the blackberry lime filling. If you've never had blackberry and lime together, you are in for a treat. The flavors play off each other deliciously. Plus, if this winter is dragging you down like it is me, the flavor pairing may give the taste of summer you need.
In addition to blackberries and lime, I amped up the traditional whipped cream element of shortcake by adding cream cheese. (A little cream cheese never hurts, right?) Not only does it bring a tangy richness to the flavor, but it also gives the filling body that helps support the cake when assembling.
With all the elements prepared, you just need to assemble them. Slice the cake in half horizontally and evenly spoon a layer of filling and some blackberries on the bottom half. Then place the top half back on. For a decorative detail, I piped more of the filling onto the top of the cake and garnished that with blackberries and lime zest curls. So cute!
This serves nine, so I added the topping and garnishes in such a way that each cut piece would be as pretty as the next.
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I don't know about you, but as I write this post, I'm craving a slice of this Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake. When I was finished photographing this, I had to fight the urge to pick up the whole cake sandwich style and devour it in its entirety. It's that good!
As always, enjoy your baking. I hope you also have something fun planned for the weekend!
That’s it! A delicious, quick, and easy recipe for any get together! Your friends and family will gobble it up. Just be prepared – they may be inviting you to every party from now on.