Sunday, February 5, 2012

Meyer Lemon Cream Cake

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This is a little cake that I made recently for a work party and also for a Sunday dinner dessert.  It is such a sweet little cake and tastes divine warmed up in the microwave.  My favorite part of the cake is the whipped cream and lemon curd filling and topping -- just so sweet and tart and yummy.  You would think that something so delicious as lemon curd would have a more appealing name.  There is just something about the word curd..
 The cake is made with Meyer lemons.  If you haven't tried them, you should try them.  They taste like a mix of lemon and orange and they are juicy, but they are not as tart as traditional lemons.   Would you chocolate lovers hate me if I say that I like lemon desserts better than chocolate?  It's true!  I am a big citrus fan!  If you can't find Meyer lemons, traditional lemons will still be delicious.

 Meyer Lemon Cake Recipe
Recipe adapted from Silver Palate Cookbook

8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, separated
Grated zest of 4 Meyer lemons
1 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh Meyer Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.  I always use Baker's Joy when making cakes. Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar, beating until light. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, and the lemon zest. Mix the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with the lemon juice to the batter. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until sides of  cake pull away from the pans or until cake tester comes out clean.  Place cakes on cooling rack and take out of pans after 10 minutes.  Cool and then top with lemon cream below.

Lemon Curd Cream

=Mix one part lemon curd with 1 part freshly whipped cream.  You wouldn't want to make this with an artificial whipping cream!  I used 2/3's ciup lemon curd and 2/3's cup whipping cream.  I used Trader Joe's lemon curd as I had some on hand as  Jeannie, my sister, had sent me some in the mail.  The Trader Joe's Lemon Curd is especially delicious.  You can find other brands lemon curd at most stores.  I have used Richardson's Lemon Curd before and it is good.  Spread have of lemon curd cream between the layers of the cake and spread the remaining half of the lemon curd on the top of the cake.  Decorate with a sugared lemon peel.

Notes:  This is a small cake.   There is not a lot of batter to divide between two layers.  My daughter Tati, 15 years-old, loved this cake warmed up in the microwave.  Well, truth be told, she loves all cakes warmed in the microwave. 

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Abi's Blog said...

This sounds delicious! Have a wonderful day!

Talley said...

Will you please adopt me so I can enjoy all of your delicious recipes?(Just kidding.) Love the Lemony look. It looks so inviting and it would melt in your mouth!!. Thanks
Your daughter,

Sarah said...

Joni, I love meyer lemon cake, pie, anything! And those chocolate pots below look mighty good too. You and your sister are amazing cooks.
Thanks for sharing. ~ sarah

Pondside said...

At this house we like lemon better than chocolate too. I don't know if we can get meyer lemons up here - I'll have to do a little investigating.

Lynn said...

Sounds great Joni! One blogger said she found meyer lemons at the Walmart... No such luck at mine-enjoy:@)

Debbie said...

That looks delicious. I laughed at your curd comment. Isn't that the truth?

My husband would love this. He tends to agree about lemon cakes being better than chocolate. Personally, I think you both most be aliens.

But I do like lemon too.

Bonnie said...

I haven't pulled my Silver Palate cookbooks out for ages. I bought a small bag of Meyer lemons last week. Maybe this should be where they go!

Karen said...

I don't have a Silver Palate book, I NEED to find one, I hear so much about it. This cake looks delicious.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I just found Meyer lemons at my store. This looks like a delicious way to use them!

Gloria said...

This looks absolutely delicious. I hope to try this soon! Thanks for sharing. It's so cute looking too!

Kathleen said...

I so agree you about the word curd! The cake sounds wonderful!
I have a jar from WSonoma I could use.
You made me hungry!

Sue said...

I've never made a thing with meyer lemons, but I think I need to track some down and start right here:)

Jacqueline said...

Lemon is right up there for me! I just bought and made something with my first Meyer lemons.The flavor was outstanding. The cheesecake itself wasn't blogworthy even though I got it off Pinterest, so I have to work on the recipe. I loved how beautiful they were too. They looked fake!

This sounds fabulous and I am sure I would love it warmed up too.

Carrie said...

This looks amazing! Will have to try this recipe. Lemon is always a good bet ;)

So Domesticated said...

Oh my goodness... your cake looks divine!

Scribbler said...

I agree with you -- I used to be a chocoholic, but now I will take lemony goodies any day.

I recently made lemon curd from Linderhof's blog (she says the recipe is Ina's) and it is perfect! It was not difficult at all -- you should try it.

This cake looks delish and I saved the recipe.

Unknown said...

This looks super yummy! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!