The bakery can bear her name even if she only showed up for the fun part.
She used the Pampered Chef squirty icing thingy with expertise.
Yes, we are professional bakers with professional tools.
Perhaps I made the rest of the cake.
Labor intensive is an understatement. A cake with 4 different steps is not typically anything I tackle. I leave that to my friend Leigh Anne.
But the lemon cake recipes with gorgeous pictures that appeared on blogs here and here one day apart spoke to me.
So now my biggest Easter cooking decision was which lemon cake to make.
I went with the Lemon Truffle Cake.
The cake recipes are very, very similar with exception of quantity of baking powder, lemon zest and milk vs. buttermilk.
I did get wild and I used the Lemon Curd recipe from the Lemon Crumb Cake because Leigh Anne said it was amazing and she knows her lemon curd! (And I didn’t want to throw away 3 egg yolks.)
For non-bakers I want to break it down for you:
Step 1 >>> Homemade white cake – best cake I’ve ever made.
Step 2 >>> Homemade lemon curd – like I’ve ever made this in MY LIFE?!
Step 3 >>> Homemade filling – yum.
Step 4 >>> Homemade whipped cream – double yum.
Now I know that you could streamline all of this with a boxed white cake mix, a jar of lemon curd and a can of whipped cream (you’ll still have to mix up the filling of white chocolate, cream cheese and lemon curd) but since this was seriously the only thing I was cooking for Easter, I went for broke.
Oh, wait I did make cheeseburgers and baked beans.
Side note: We did go out to eat after church. It was a little weird for us to be a family of three with the darling twins in Arizona and The Grunter working.
Scary Baby did make the cake lovely with her finishing touches. She actually wanted to add lemon slices to the top but I had to nix that idea. (Remember this is the fondant child.) The lemon slices would have put us at 5 steps and I had already exceeded my time investment/dessert ratio.
She is also a 4th child who prefers the store bought, super tacky, premade Easter baskets to the homemade theme baskets created by her loving mother many years before she was born.
I have adapted to that change and sent PhilBillPaul to Walgreen’s on Friday to pick out her basket. Sad but true.
She is very discreetly covering the giant price tag sticker that he left on when he retrieved the said basket from his truck. The sticker was not easily removable from the cellophane.
Hello Walgreen’s? We can’t really pass it off as our own now, can we?
Have a great weekend and if you get bored or have company, bake a lemon cake–it’s a whole lot of cake for 3 people to eat. The Grunter doesn’t like lemon. Whatever.
P.S. I did give two slices to a friend and The Grunter’s girlfriend had a piece too. Rave reviews from both! Just didn’t want you to think that the 3 of us ate the whole cake. 😉
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