Oh heyyyy, tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Woohoo!! After enduring freezing temperatures in NYC, I am so excited to thaw out. Oh, and did you know that Easter is only two weeks away too?! I know, what the what?? In light of all this, today’s Tasty Tuesday is dedicated to the newly arrived, and hopefully sun-filled, season!

I’ve long loved the kitchen you see below. It belongs to the interior stylist-extraordinaire, Raina Kattleson and was featured in Rue Magazine last year. Those yellow pendants {from West Elm fyi!}, add the perfect punch of color to brighten any day, but certainly feel perfect right now.

I would love to whip up a lovely Easter-ready treat in Raina’s casual kitchen.  When I spied this Lemon-Poppy cake on Pinterest {per usual}, I knew it would be the culinary match made in heaven with Raina’s design! I’m also a sucker for all lemon desserts. It’s the perfect way to avoid an overly sweet sugar bomb and the lemon-y yellow frosting is so festive!

I would love to display a version of this recipe on my mint green cake platter surrounded by little meyer lemons. The DIY cake flags are pretty dang darling too. Here’s how you’d whip this pretty puppy up.

6-8 servings


100g unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds (typically found in spice rack)
1 1/2 cups milk
shells from 1 lemon
3 medium egg whites


Preheat oven to 175 ° C.
Grease and FLOUR two tins that are 12 inches in diameter.
Whisk the butter gently in a bowl. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and poppy seeds in another bowl and then mix with the butter. Add milk, lemon zest and egg whites and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter between the molds and bake for about 30 minutes in center of oven. Check with a toothpick so that the bottoms are completed before removing them. Let cool for a while in the mold and then Turn out on rack to cool completely. Share any bottom in half so that you have four bases.

Are you planning a Spring soiree or Easter party? I’d love to know what your favorite spring sweets are.

In the meantime, head here to get the yummy lemon frosting recipe for this cake and here if you need even more design inspiration from Raina!

kitchen design & styled by raina kattleson, photographed by emily anderson, recipe by linda lomelino


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  1. Right Stella? I’m such a sucker for subway tile. My dream kitchen will be nothing but!