Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lemon White Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Strawberry Topping

This week I have been doing a lot of experimenting with strawberry cakes for my own interests and friend's requests.  I had one tasty flop and one nice texture that lacked flavor.  Now I have a better idea which direction to take those experiments.  The nice thing about being the baker with the birthday is that today I get to choose my favorite flavors and whims to play around with for my cake.  I have been trying to find a white or yellow cake that makes me as happy as my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  Light and fluffy but still scratch.  This one turned out pretty nicely for a spelt flour cake.  Firm, but not too dense or gummy.  It was actually quite fluffy when it cooled down, but I stuck it in the freezer overnight to make it easier to frost and that firms things up a bit.  I made the lemon curd and the cake yesterday and the frosting tonight.  The cake recipe I tried was this one, minus the sprinkles.  And instead of cake flour I used 1¾ cups light spelt, ¼ cup tapioca starch and ¼ cup potato starch.  Might have been lighter with all tapioca or arrowroot, but still tasty.  The girls happily ate up their slices and hubby too.  R asked for seconds.  What a sweet tooth!  I might give it another try with cake flour some day since I was pleased enough with how it turned out with non cake flour.  For the filling, I combined about ½ cup lemon curd and ½ cup frosting for a lemon cream filling.  I didn't chill it before filling, but it would have been less inclined to slide that way.  It still held up nicely on a flat surface.

I made a double batch of cream cheese frosting, though it turns out a single batch would have done.  After frosting the cake, I let it firm up just a touch in the fridge for 5 minutes and then spread some more lemon curd over the top.  Then I arranged fresh strawberries around the edges.  I LOVE this time of year.  Our own berries are starting to be ripe right about now too.  So for me, I loved how my cake turned out.  Strawberry and lemon curd, cake and cream cheese frosting are all awesome together.  I would be happy serving this to friends as well.

What flavors would you pick for your perfect birthday cake?  My brother would take a fruity tart or pie over cake any day, but I think he wouldn't have minded this one for just a little slice.  ☺


Sapana Behl said...

heavenly cake .yum

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely cake. It speaks to summer and it has great eye appeal. My current favorite dessert is Pavlova, but my favorite changes almost weekly. I'll have to give your cake a try. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary