Saturday, July 9, 2011

Red, White and Blue Berry Yogurt Cake & Brian Baer

Pop to the end of the post and then back up if you'd like to listen to music while you're looking at the scrumptious dessert.

I love berries and I love baked goods, so of course, I really like this dessert. I can't find my tube pan, like they use at Baking Bites, where I found this recipe, so I used my Bundt pan. Looks pretty even if it is red, white and purple instead of red, white and blue.
Red, White and Blue Berry Yogurt Cake
2 c. cake flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 c. (nonfat) plain greek-style yogurt
1/2 vanilla bean or 2 t. vanilla extract
4 oz. fresh blueberries
4 oz. fresh raspberries
Cream cheese frosting (recipe below)
Fresh berries, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10-inch tube pan.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until light. Beat in egg and egg white. If using a vanilla bean, scrap the seeds into the mixing bowl, otherwise stir in 2 tsp vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the yogurt in two or three additions and mixing at low speed until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.

Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan, then fold the raspberries and blueberries into the remaining batter carefully. Spread berry batter evenly over the plain batter in the cake pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Cool cake completely in the pan and turn it out onto a serving plate before frosting.

Spread a thin, even layer of cream cheese frosting over the cake and garnish with fresh berries before serving.

Serves 12

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 T. butter, room temperature
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 – 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth. Gradually blend in powered sugar until frosting is thick and creamy.

Brian Baer is in Provo and he's played recently in Utah, but I missed every one of his shows. My favorite song is Temporary because of its message, but I love Auburn too. He plays the guitar and sings his
original music.

"Brian Baer has been performing musically since the fourth grade... He just released the first EP of his solo career “Halves & Have-nots”, which can be found on itunes, amazon, and most online music stores. Having been compared to Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and John Mayer’s earlier work, his sound is accessible to a wide audience yet unique enough to keep the listener engaged."

TemporaryLyrics and Music by Brian Baer

There’s a vulnerable part
Tucked deep in your heart
Where you wonder if these rain clouds ever goin away
You don’t know where to start
So you take it apart
And it’s back to the drawing board so they say
It’s just not your day
But believe me, better times are on their way


It’s only temporary, it’s not fair but it won’t carry on
It’s only temporary, I know you’re scared but, it won’t last too long

We’ve been through this before
still we come back for more
Hopin’ this new story comes complete with happy ending.
At the end of your line
And nearly out of time
Now you’re trying not to break though you’re already bending
And you’re sending you’re last goodbyes
But believe me there’s a reason to dry your eyes


It’s only temporary, it’s not fair but it won’t carry on
It’s only temporary, I know you’re scared but, it won’t last too long
You fall down, you lose face, you get back in the race.
It’s not the pace you run, it’s running till you’re done.
It’s only temporary I know these hard times will surely soon be gone.


Everyone has wondered if they’re gonna find someone to love them when they’re all alone, No you’re not alone
This thing won’t last forever, everything will come together, everything is looking better, cause you know.



  1. The cake looks so festive and delicious. Isn't it nice to find music with a message that we relate to and inspires us? Great song.

  2. Pretty cake! I liked "Half' the best.


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