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Summer Memories: Flowers, Dragonflies and - Blueberry Marzipan Cake

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Easy and delicious ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
A perfect summer dessert ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

Crust

12 to 15 ounces Amaretto biscotti or your favorite plain cookie or biscotti

1 can marzipan ( bought mine at Nuts.com - they deliver in one day)

7 Tablespoons melted butter

Cake

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup plain water

9 teaspoons gelatin powder

18 ounces Tofutti (soy cream cheese)

1 cup marzipan

2 cups plain yogurt

Zest of 1 fresh lemon

Juice of 1 fresh lemon (get at least 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice)

2 cups fresh blueberries (picked over, washed, drained, patted dry with paper towel)

Garnish: Fresh blueberries, edible flowers, anything you'd like

Directions

1.     Get out a spring-form baking pan, food processor and electric beaters

2.     Allow Tofutti to sit at room temperature for 3-4 hours to return to room temperature. Easier to beat, when soft. Hard to beat if the Tofutti is cold.

3.     Prepare Blueberries: Pick any unwanted stems and bits out of blueberries. Then wash, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

4.     Put marzipan and Amaretti biscotti in food processor, then pulse until you get crumbs well mixed with the marzipan.

About to pulse biscotti with marzipan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5.     Add marzipan and melted butter to crushed Amaretti and marzipan, pulse until well combined.

Here's what your crust mixture should look like, just before you scrape it out, and onto the baking pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

6.     Transfer to baking pan and press down until firm, keep refrigerated for later use. Use any flat object to press down on the crust mixture. Spend at least 1 or 2 minutes to be sure the crust has been pressed down, to assure a nice firm crust, when serving the cake.

Here, crust has been flattened down well, and about to go into the fridge. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7.     Sprinkle gelatin powder over plain water and let it stand for 10 minutes.

In this photo, the powdered gelatin has just been added to 1 cup of plain water. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

8.     Making the cake: In a bowl, combine Tofutti, vanilla extract and marzipan, then beat using medium speed until light and fluffy.

9.     To the bowl, add in yogurt, lemon zest and lemon juice, beat over medium-low speed until mixture is smooth.

Beating all the cake ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You can directly zest the lemon, right into the cake mixture, as you see in this photo. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

10.  Gently heat the cup of water with the soaked gelatin, stirring until fully dissolved.

In the photo above, the gelatin is being heated slowly, over low flame, stirring the whole time. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

11.  Add melted gelatin to the Tofutti cake mixture, mix until well blended.

12.  Add blueberries to the food processor and pulse until they're the consistency of jam.

About to pulse the blueberries. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Blueberries are now the consistency of jam. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

13.  Pour 1/2 of cake mixture onto your Amaretti crust and top with 1/2 of blueberry filling, repeat the same steps for the remaining.

14.  Next, using an icing spatula, swirl the blueberries into the cake mixture, so as to distribute the blueberries into the cake mixture in an interesting design.

Mixture looks like this (above), before you start to swirl the blueberries into the cake mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Starting to swirl the blueberries into the cake mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

15.  When you're finished swirling (never mix or beat), cover the baking pan, then keep refrigerated overnight, until cake mixture has fully set.

Just put in fridge to set overnight. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

16.  To unmold, run a knife around the edge, then remove the ring gently.

Dessert is served; but first, garnish with extra blueberries and if you're in the mood, use edible flowers or edible cake decorations that you can buy on Amazon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Naturally, the swirling design, never comes out the same way twice, ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Loved by all. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
I can't tell you how much fun this whole summer setting design was, dictated, more or less by the Summer Memories Blueberry Marzipan Cake. I hope you try making it. Nice not to have to bake it. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Oh, and the dessert drinks? We got out some ice cold Baily Irish Cream. It went very well with the Summer Cake. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

From Our Table to Yours

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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