Friday, March 20, 2009

The Cake Slice

I've joined a new baking group and couldn't be more thrilled. As I was taking part in one of my favorite activities-combing through the shelves of the baking section at Barnes and Noble-I came across Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wyness. The cookbook is big and beautiful with full color pictures of over half of the cakes, yes, only cakes and triple layer no less. I had to purchase it.

When I came home and googled some of the recipes I couldn't believe my good fortune: The Cake Slice. Gigi and Katie decided to use the cookbooks they actually have upon their own shelves and came up with this premise: bake from the book one recipe each month. The group votes upon the cake to bake, eventually baking 12 of the cakes. I love it!

Not only do I love to bake, but cakes are my favorite item to bake..bread is a second and brownies a third. I have baked every cake in Dorie Greenspan's My Kitchen to Yours and every cake in Williams Sonoma Cakes. I am ready to move onto Sky High!

Today's cake is the Triple Lemon Chiffon Cake. Triple as in triple layer and in triple lemon. The cake consists of three lemon chiffon layers-9" with a rich lemon curd filling and then a lemon cream frosting. Amazingly lemony!

I am by no means an expert on cake baking; after all of the cakes I have baked I have never made a lemon chiffon nor have I made lemon curd. The words lemon curd remind me of curdled milk. They reminded Tyler of bean curd and Troy of cheese curd. We weren't too excited about lemon curd, but let me tell you, the lemon curd was wonderful!

The cake went together easily-only baking for 16 minutes. Tyler and Troy both like the cake-this rarely happens that they both agree on a flavor. Tyler doesn't have a sweet tooth and usually stays away from chocolates so I did think he would like this. Troy likes chocolate, but also likes sour flavorings. Both boys rated this cake as superb!

I now need to learn how to photograph as well as decorate :)

You may check Gigi's blog for the recipe The Cake Slice for other bloggers/pictures (bloggers who take better pictures and who decorate cakes better than I)


Runnin-From-The-Law said...

Sounds heavenly!

Cake is my favorite thing to eat and bake too!

SteveQ said...

If you're going to keep baking cakes, I'm going to have to teach you how to decorate with rosettes. Expect a birthday present of pastry bags and tips!

Gigi said...

Welcome aboard! Your cake out wonderful!

Anonymous said...

mike wants to know if that is your foot potion on your cake?


Caroline said...

Nice job on your cake.
lemon curd = curdled milk = funny.

Julie B said...

Ha! Good one Mike :)

TeaLady said...

WElcome to Cake Slice. I love baking cakes. My decorating skills are improving, but as long as the cake tastes good, I'm good. YOurs looks just fine.