Weekend Bakes: 4th July Extravaganza

It is no secret that I adore American cakes and desserts. I often discuss the influence of our American cousins in my live demonstrations but, it just so happens that this weekend I will be visited by MY American cousin!

It was while planning a dinner for Zach’s visit on Monday 4th July that I put together a few recipes for Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen on BBC 3 Counties Radio. All three recipes reflect my love and fascination with all things American.

Red Velvet Cupcakes USA

Because I know that you like a Weekend Bake, I’m sharing the recipe for my Key Lime Pie in advance of the show. This way, you can get your ingredients in, bake, and then eat along with us in the studio!
My first encounter with Key Lime Pie was in the film Natural Born Killers. I remember this vivid acid green pie being ordered up by our anti-heroes (before the violence ensues) and it stuck in my mind. It was beautiful. To create this striking contrast, you will need to add green food colouring. Don’t spend too much time worrying about adding food colouring to a dessert which already contains two cans of condensed milk…

Key Lime Pie2

I’ve used chocolate chip cookies for the base of my pie in a nod to those lovely Chocolate Lime sweeties, and piles of Italian Meringue which make this look much like a Lemon Meringue Pie. I guess you could say that this is a hybrid pie of sorts!

I would love to know how you get on with this bake so let me know in the comments section below or on social media.

This was by no mean the only 4th July bake that I took in to the Weekend Kitchen; I also took Red Velvet Cupcakes and a cake created for Elvis Presley! You are most definitely going to want to hear us munching through the Elvis Cake! Those are bacon bits on the top… the cake is banana… and that’s a whole load of peanut butter.

Elvis Cake

So make sure that you tune in to the Weekend Kitchen from 11am on Sunday 3rd July to hear how all of these went down! There are recipes galore and plenty of sweet treats for you to have a go at yourselves – every single recipe will be available for download from BBC 3 Counties Radio in a handy recipe sheet!

And, to my American cousins AND my biological American cousin, I wish you all the most wonderful 4th July celebrations. May there be cake and fireworks.

Stay gorgeous!