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When Life Gives You Lemons.

In a family you operate like satellites that orbit around the home. When one moves the others shift to compensate. So when Lee starts working a late shift and doesn't get home until 2am some nights we all have to make some adjustments.

I miss him in the evenings and I stay up late to welcome him home. It doesn't feel right to go to bed alone. It's dark and cold without my personal heater. Go to bed late, wake up late. Being that it's winter I run out of daylight so I haven't been able to find the time to bake much.

You have to make the best of a bad situation. Cake helps. Sandwiches too. And texting. Lots and lots of texting. Strangely I've been finding myself watching a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that's neither here nor there. I'm not responsible for the bad late night reruns I watch while in a semi-comatose state.

So when life gives you lemons make Cranberry Pomegranate Lemon Yogurt Cake.

That's how that goes right?

Cranberry Pomegranate Lemon Yogurt Cake

Source: My imagination

Zest from 1 lemon
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Juice from 1 lemon
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cranberries

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Butter the inside of a 9 inch spring form pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

In a medium bowl blend together the lemon zest and sugar with the back of a spoon or a spatula releasing the natural oils of the lemon into the sugar.

In a large bowl with a electric mixer beat the eggs and lemon sugar until the mixture gets thick and turns pale yellow. Add the yogurt, oil and lemon juice and stir it to combine.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt then add it to the wet ingredients and mix it well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake it for about 40 – 45 minutes until the top turns golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the cake sit in the pan for 10 – 15 minutes until it's cool enough to release it from the form. Allow it to cool completely on a cooling rack then level off the top with a cake leveler or a long serrated knife.

While your cake is baking prepare the Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce to top it. In a small sauce pan combine the pomegranate juice and sugar then bring it to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries and let it simmer until the cranberries pop and it thickens to a syrup consistency, about 10 – 15 minutes. If it gets a little too thick you can always thin it out with more pomegranate juice. Set it aside to cool and thicken further before serving it atop a lovely slice of cake. Enjoy!

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  1. Aw, Lindsey, those sour moments are definitely the pits, but you have really sweetened it up with this gorgeous cake. Sorry it’s been tough with new schedules to deal with, but hang in there!! Love this creation.

  2. Well.. everyone misses in different way, Im glad I don’t have to go to sleep alone or wait till late :)
    Your cake looks so nice.. soft and delicious :)

  3. They look like a marriage made in heaven! Beautiful photos, and I bet even more beautiful flavor.

  4. What a great looking cake! Your pictures are beautiful. And I love that you turned the negative in to a positive…with cake :)

  5. This cake looks fantastic! Nicely done.

  6. Cake makes everything better. Especially such a fabulous looking one!

  7. OMG…I think I have just witnessed perfection in your cake!!! And your images are incredible…!!
    Wow, again!!!
    I hope you get your schedules back in sync, but I guess if you have to work late winter is the time to do it!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. This is absolutely delicious looking.. Chef is right.. your pictures are wonderful!

  9. I love your attitude: “Cake helps.” Of course it does! What beautiful photography!!!

  10. Gorgeous! Cake sounds delicious, lemon is my favorite!

  11. Gorgeous pictures, Lindsey. As always!

  12. I’m so sorry you’re having to adjust to a new family time set. We have had to do this several times ourselves with my husbands job and it really is a difficult adjustment, I do the same thing you do and stay up and wait for him. I hope you all can adjust soon! And that cake definitely looks like a winner! Yum! I love the combo of flavors.

  13. Even if I’m not running out of daylight hours (I collapse pretty early due to work fatigue :) ) but I can totally use this cake for my rainy morning breakfasts!

  14. aww, that’s a bummer. i used to work both evening and midnight shifts and it was hard on our relationship, too. i think cake is a definite help, especially one as perfect as this. best wishes for making the most of your time together. :)

  15. Ah but tis the togetherness not the time shift that truly matters. How sweet that you have adjusted your day to match Lee’s.

    I know you rely on natural light to create your amazing pics, but perhaps you should treat yourself to a couple of stands with daylight bulbs? Then you could become the Mad Midnight Baker :)


  16. It looks so neat and tidy and healthy too with all those antioxidants in the pomegrante and yogurt cultures. I’ve been looking for reasons to eat more dessert and just happened to mention the health benefits of my favourite dessert (macaron) today too. Follow my logic to eat more dessert or just check out the blog post

  17. This looks like cake tht would be great for breakfast. The photos are amazing.

  18. Been there, done that… except my TV viewing preferences were way more embarrassing than Buffy marathons. :)
    Having mismatched schedules is totally the pits, though it’s really sweet of you to stay up later to make up for it. I hope your schedules fall back in synch soon. (Also cute? The fact that your mom posts as Mom. Too adorable for words.)
    Oh, and lemon and yogurt cakes rock my socks. I love that you’ve used a pomegranate and cranberry topping on yours… sounds like a little piece of tangy heaven!

  19. This looks delicious! There’s a great short film called Lemonade the Movie. It’s awesome, you should totally check it out!

  20. I ‘ve had a vey difficult day today..I must absolutely have your cake !!!

  21. That cake is absolutely gorgeous! We’d love if you could enter it into the Recipe4Living 5th Birthday Contest! You could win a huge gift basket full of Scharffen Berger gourmet chocolate!

  22. delicious combination colourful

  23. Wow, what a tempting cake! It has everything that I look for in a cake and best part, its low fat!!
    beautiful photos!

  24. Wow, beautiful cake! I love the flavor combo, and your pictures are so gorgeous!

    Glad to see you are making the best of it, but I’d expect no less from you! Hang in there chickadee.

  25. School starts again next week for my BF and I hate it (I know, selfish right?). But it makes me super sad that I wont see him 4 nights a week until late. I feel ya on changing your schedule to accommodate though. I hate cooking dinners late though. :P Loooove the pictures of the lemons and pomegranates on the cake. Beautiful!

  26. What a gorgeous cake and perfect flavor combo – yum!!

  27. Having been out of the loop on Foodbuzz, I’m sorry that I’ve not seen this cake sooner. If I had, I would have made it this afternoon instead of bummed around in bed watching TV and reading Foodbuzz posts. Well, then I wouldn’t have gotten here… you know the story, lol. I’m going to go make it right now! I don’t have a springform pan (gave it back to mom), but I do have my normal cake pans. Let’s hope it doesn’t break apart when I invert it onto the cooling rack, hmm? Thanks so much for creating this recipe and sharing it with us :-)

  28. Beautiful cake. If it didn’t lift your mood up, it certainly lifted mine! Although my hubby is home at a decent hour, I never get any alone time with him because of the three kids. We pass out exhausted, usually with someone short in between us! Good luck and cheer up!

  29. This a cake recipe I will try for sure! Thanks for sharing!!

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