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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Very easy fancy dessert just in case royals drop in for an after-wedding snack!

Company coming?  Here's something to "wow" them with thanks to Angel from http://themustardseedfamily.blogspot.com/2011/04/boxed-cake-mix-magic.html

Is there a person left who doesn't know that Prince William is marrying Katherine Middleton on Friday, April 29th?  Wouldn't it be fun to serve a cake like this with tea to 'celebrate' in your home, too?

While in Germany last summer,  my DD, our friends and I visited Marienburg Castle in Lower Saxony (Nidersachsen).  Here's a great website for a peek at the beautiful rooms, furniture and art works inside:
The entrance hall and the library are my two favorite spaces...the blue ceiling with its golden stars in the entrance hall inspires me to create a quilt in those colors!  This palace was designed by the Queen of Hanover (1818-1907) and you can really tell.  I absolutely love it!
Entrance Hall at Marienburg
Here's the link to even more photos:http://www.schloss-marienburg.de/smbinter/cms/index.php?id=19

A Gugelhupf Form is a cake pan used in southern German, Austrian and Italian kitchens.  It is similar to our Bundt Cake Pan.  Here are some examples:

ceramic Gugelhupf form

New Silicone Gugelhupf Form.
 This design was used by the King of Hanover at Marienburg Castle.
This was easy to travel with - I just folded it in half and laid it flat in my suitcase!  It weighs next to nothing, too.
Here's the link where you can purchase it through Amazon Germany:
Copper Gugelhupf Form

Many times, European recipes call for a yeast bread with raisins or currants baked in these forms, but as we are in the United States, I opted for a nice, easy cake mix instead!

Here is the easy recipe to make this:

Easy, Fancy Dessert fit for Royalty

You'll need one white cake mix, with the addition of two teaspoons of orange or lemon extract.  (Angel's version was with a Butter Cake Mix and rum extract.)  Mix and bake according to directions, spray pan or form and bake according to directions.

For display, after the cake has cooled, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and place freshly washed, cut strawberries or desired fruit decoratively in and around your cake.  
Add freshly whipped, sweetened cream if desired.

Serve and enjoy all the oohh's and ahh's!

Even Prince William and his bride Katherine Middleton would enjoy this, don't you think?

Here's your piece:

Guten Apetit!  Bon Apetit!


  1. That looks (and tastes, he he) yummy! will have to try this one. You know, just in case some royalty shows up :)

  2. Umm.. hello?!?! this turned out BEAUTIFUL!! and I love the citrus extract version of it! The white cake mix also came out light and beautiful by the way. I am completely sold, I'll have to find my own Gugelhupf from that website you sent me.

    And a HUGE thanks for the shout out! Have a blast a your Royal Wedding Party tomorrow!!


  3. Cake looks of royalty!!! Enjoyed your pictures of the trip.

  4. That is definitely a cake fit for a queen or king. It looks lovely and I like how light it is. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweets-for-saturday-15.html

  5. What a Royal Treat. I enjoyed your post very much. Did you get to see the wedding, wasn't it just beautiful and so romantic! Your dessert would have fit right in. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  6. Oh your cake surely fits the royalty..but please reserve a slice for me! lol!