Freutcake , Inspiration for the modern day hostess. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:53:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fleur de Lis Cocktail Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 If you want the very best huevos rancheros in all of Pasadena, you have to visit Cafe Verde on Green Street. It’s a small, totally local, restaurant that has been around as long as I can remember and the rancheros never fail to impress.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

On my last visit to Cafe Verde I spotted a cocktail on the menu that sounded right up my alley. They call it the Fleur De Lis and it’s essentially vodka, St Germain, lemon and basil.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

That day I made a mental note to try that combination as soon as possible and today I’m sharing my take on the Cafe Verde Fleur de Lis…Freutcake style!

Fleur de lis Cocktail

This drink is uber refreshing from the squeeze of fresh lemon and grapefruit juice but also sweet and floral because of the St Germain which is an elderflower liqueur. Torn and shaken basil adds another sweet note as well.

Fleur de lis Cocktail

I’ll definitely be making this cocktail again and again for brunch or any weekend cocktail hour. Happy Friday!

Fleur de lis Cocktail

photos by Leah Bergman / glassware available at Anthropologie

Fleur de Lis Cocktail
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  1. 1 1/2 parts vodka
  2. 3/4 parts St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  3. 1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  4. 1/2 part grapefruit juice
  5. fresh basil leaves
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, St Germain, lemon juice and grapefruit juice.
  2. Tear in 3-4 fresh basil leaves (per cocktail being made).
  3. Shake vigorously until cocktail is well chilled.
  4. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with a couple small basil leaves.
Adapted from Cafe Verde
Adapted from Cafe Verde
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4 DIY Projects to Try Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:35:40 +0000 Happy Thursday! The weekend is so close I can taste it! Lately, I’ve been so impressed by the fun and fancy DIY projects I’m seeing my friends (and fellow bloggers) create. This weekend, set aside a little time and try one or maybe even two of these projects! Here’s what I love about them:


1. Color dipped brass hangers: First of all, how fancy would your closet be filled with nothing but brass hangers? I mean, these put my wooden hangers to shame. Plus you can customize the colors to match your bedroom, so fun! Get the tutorial over on Sugar and Cloth.


2. Copper Bud Vases: I’m all for home improvement diy project that are EASY! These cute little copper bud vases would be perfect in a small bathroom, don’t you think? Plus you can get all of the supplies right in your hardware store. Get the tutorial on Sugar and Charm.

 DIY Valentines Photo Strip

3. Photo Strip Valentines: It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! This is such a cute and thoughtful way to craft a homemade card. Get the tutorial on The Sweetest Occasion.

 DIY Travel Mug

4. “This is Why I’m Hot” Travel Mug: How fun is this? I love the idea of customizing your coffee travel mug especially with lyrics that will have you singing all day long. Get the tutorial on Studio DIY.

Which project would you like to try? Personally, I love all of them but don’t be surprised if those bud vases appear in a bathroom very soon.


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Pink Grapefruit Bars Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:14 +0000 Pink Grapefruit Bars

Meet the lemon bar’s sweeter (and pink) cousin the Pink Grapefruit Bar. As most of you know, lemon bars are my weakness and one of the first recipes I ever shared here on Freutcake. Which is why I try not to make them too often as it usually results in me eating nearly the whole pan! Oh, lemon bars you tasty little devils.

Pink Grapefruit Bars

Well, when my lemon bar craving hit over the weekend, I rushed to the store in search of lemons. What I came home with were Pink Grapefruit. You know when you walk by berries, or citrus in the produce section and the smell is so beautifully strong you simply have to buy them? Well, at the moment pink grapefruit is the perfume of my grocery store and I figured, if lemons could work in these bars, why not grapefruit? I was right…

Pink Grapefruit Bars

First, let’s talk about the shortbread crust for a moment as it deserves a good long moment in the spotlight. Nothing beats a perfect buttery and flaky shortbread, and this recipe delivers. Plus it makes plenty of dough so that you can work your way up the edges of your pan insuring a much easier removal of the super sticky bars. Crust and edge lovers, it’s time to celebrate!

Pink Grapefruit Bars

As for the filling, it’s sweeter than the tart lemon curd I am used to but no less delicious. With a floral hint and pretty light pink color, these bars are definitely easy on the eyes and the taste buds. Plus the egg whites rise to the top and form this beautiful flaky crust that makes the perfect base for a heavy dusting of powdered sugar. Perfection!

Pink Grapefruit Bars

photos by Leah Bergman

Recipe Update: I made a slight correction to the amount of juice required for the filling. These bars are a bit sweet with only 1 cup of grapefruit juice so adjusted it to 3/4 cup grapefruit and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Enjoy!

Pink Grapefruit Bars
Serves 12
Pink Grapefruit Bars are the classic lemon bar's sweeter cousin!
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Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
For the crust
  1. 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 cups flour
  4. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For the filling
  1. 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  2. 3 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons grated pink (ruby red) grapefruit zest
  4. 3/4 cup freshly squeezed pink (ruby red) grapefruit juice
  5. 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking pan and set aside.
  3. For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough into prepared pan and flatten the dough with floured hands building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
  5. For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the filling is set and no longer jiggles when you lightly shake the pan. Let cool to room temperature.
  6. Cut into bars and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
  1. These bars are much sweeter than lemon bars. If you want a bit of tang, you can add in lemon zest instead of grapefruit zest.
  2. A few drops of red food coloring will give you a rich pink filling color if desired.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa




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