Lemon Chia Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

OMG you guys, I can’t believe I came up with something in the kitchen and it actually WORKED. Usually when I modify recipes or try to get a little creative, the world goes BOOM and it comes out pretty fugly. But this…this came out P-E-R-F-E-C-T. And the most shocking part of all? THERE IS NO CHOCOLATE IN IT. Whaaaaa? Me make something delicious that is not chocolate?! (or pizza?!) Guuurl, you crazy!


This cake has some healthy and some not-so-healthy ingredients, so I suggest eating it everyday.


That picture looks totally normal until you rotate it a bit, and then you get a Pac-man cake.


Ahhhhh, yummy Pac-man cake.

Think I sound crazy? Probably because I’m experiencing a sugar high. So what if I ate cake at 10am?! Pff, don’t judge. I work out and eat lettuce at other times of the day.

Let’s get cracking on that recipe, shall we?


Lemon Chia Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c coconut butter (if you don’t have this, just use 1/2 butter total. But MAN, does this give it a more unique taste and consistency!)
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 c plain greek yogurt
  • 2 T chia seeds

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)


Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8′ round pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl (I used my standing mixer) cream the butter(s) and sugars. Add eggs one at a time. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Add 1/2 of the dry mixture to the butter mixture and blend.
  5. Add the yogurt and chia seeds.
  6. Add the remainder of the flour mixture and blend until incorporated.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake springs to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, peeling parchment paper from the bottom of the cake, and place on dish/cooling rack to allow to completely cool.
  9. For the glaze: On medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir occasionally. Allow for the butter to brown (a few minutes). Pour in a dish, mix the powdered sugar, then add the milk.


I can’t believe how much I loved this cake- especially since I tend to always go for things that are chocolatey or fudgy or peanut buttery.

Question: What’s your favorite type of cake? (Mom, I still love your Wacky Cake best!)

A-Z of Me

(I am totally posting this now as reading material while you wait for me to finish up another post on the MOST.AMAZING.CAKE.EVER. Don’t forget to check back in later for the pics and the recipe!)

I recently saw this post on Sara’s blog, so I thought I’d steal the idea and fill it in with my answers! (probably totally boring to read. sorry)

A. Age: 26

B. Bed Size: KING!

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the crock pot, making the bed

D. Dogs: Layla!

4.4 layla

E. Essential start to your day: check my phone, snuggle with pup, COFFEE!!!

F. Favorite Color: Pink

G. Gold or silver: Both!

H. Height: 5’10.5″

I. Instruments you play: Clarinet and piano

J. Job title: Unemployed. Professional Relaxer.

4.4 me

K. Kids: In a few years

L. Live: Calgary

M. Mother’s name: Mom. Or Jane.


N. Nicknames: JT, Tougs, Tougalougs

4.4 tougs

O. Overnight hospital stays: NONE.

P. Pet peeves: Hearing people chew, crumbs or food residue on the kitchen counters, slow/stupid drivers, when people in line behind me at the self check-out start to unload their items at the same stall I’m not yet fully finished with.

Q. Quote from a movie:

Ron Burgundy: Everyone just relax, all right? Believe me, if there’s one thing Ron Burgundy knows, it’s women.

Brian Fantana: I don’t know, Ron.

Ron Burgundy: Guess what, I do. I know that one day Veronica and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there’s going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you won’t be invited.

R. Right or left handed: Left

S. Siblings: NONE!

T. Time you wake up: 6:30ish

U. Underwear: Ok.

V. Vegetable you hate: Cauliflower. Yuck!

W. What makes you run late: Cold winter mornings when I’m in my warm bed.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Right foot (2x), Thumb, Left foot, Chest (for the medical exam for permanent residency. Weird.

Y: Yummy food that you make: Pancakes! Cookies! Cakes! Pizza!

Z. Zoo animal: Red Panda!

4.5 panda



Your turn: Answer any or some or all of these in the comments below!

Check back later for a sweet cake recipe!