Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Sugar high has worn off....finally

We survived.  Chocolate eggs, Pies, and cookies; not to mention the deviled eggs, and pirogi (something I only make on Easter, and Christmas Eve.)  So it's back to Cake.

And what a fitting cake we drew today!  Today being National Siblings Day, and I only have one Sibling, my little brother Richard absolutely adores Lemon.  And the cake we drew was from page 58 of the book Close Up on Cakes: Lemon Layer Cake.

This cake starts off the section Quick and Easy; and with only 7 ingredients it certainly lives up to it's name.  So let's lay this out:

4 eggs (thankfully, the chickens have been helpful in that regard)
1/2 cup (4oz/125g) Sugar
1 cup (4oz/125g) Flour, All Purpose, sifted; hmm another head scratcher when it comes to measurements.  Not quite sure how 4oz can be 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of AP Flour....Looks like I'll be going with standard measurements again this time.
4 Tbsp (2oz/60g) Butter, melted
1 Tbsp Lemon zest 
1 - 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Whipped Cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C/Gas 4.) Grease and line a 9-inch (23cm) round cake pan.
Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale and the mixture forms a ribbon.  Fold in the sifted flour in 3 batches, adding the combined butter, lemon zest and lemon juice with the last batch. This is what I call installments.  By adding the flour in 3 batches or installments, it allows all the flour in the mix to become incorporated before the next installment is added; this makes for a softer interior (or crumb) to the cake.
Pour into the prepared pan.  Bake for 25- 30 minus or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. This time seems reasonable, though I will still set my timer for 20 minutes and check, simply because my oven runs a bit hot.
Let the caked cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Cut the cake in half to form 2 semicircles.  Spread one half with whipped cream and top with the other.  Cut into wedges to serve. So, this will only make a half a cake then.  Confusing a bit....there is no photo of the whole cake in the book, just slices.  Though that does make a bit of sense, as by cutting the cake in half, we won't have a whole cake for a photo....

All in all, easy peasy. Now, sticking with the Sibling thing.  My brother was a huge fan of a few different groups while we were growing up, REM and Depeche Mode.  While REM had some great songs, I really didn't get into their b-sides much...while Depeche Mode had a cover of Route 66 that was clearly superior to the A-side "behind the wheel" (I think they were trying to be cute.) So, the baking music will be a mix of REM, and Depeche Mode...not my personal fav's, but at least this cake will bake quickly!

Happy baking all!

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