I think the name says it all – and I hope everyone is enjoying the day off! (I know I am.)
I knew I wanted to bake something, but the question was: “What?” I didn’t want to mess around with Nanaimo bars and all their layers, and butter tarts evoked a “been-there-done-that” response in me.
Ultimately, I decided on this:
I’ve always been drawn to those American flag cakes done with blueberries and strawberries, but knew if I tried that I’d wind up with a terribly unbalanced fruit load, with some slices being covered in berries and others with none at all (and my poor maple leaf would likely come out looking all Picasso-esque). Some simple coloured sugar made an excellent substitution, because who cares if they get or don’t get a little sugar? It’s strictly decorative, with no real effect on the flavour of the cake.
But make no mistake; this is no ordinary cake with a handful of sugar tossed artfully on top.
Ta-dah! Poke cake! Little rivulets of cherry Jell-o run through it, livening up the otherwise basic white cake considerably. The test audience seems to approve wholeheartedly.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy long weekend – thanks for looking!