What do you do when you have a bag of lemons and a free afternoon? You bake Ina Garten’s wonderful Lemon Cake that’s what you do. Then step back snap a photo, slice it up, and take it to all your friends!!! This cake has been one of GI Joe’s favorite cakes for the past three years that I have been whipping it up. The cake reminds me of the one that Starbuck’s sells by the slice. Starbuck’s texture is a little more dense , but the flavors are almost identical. Freeze by the slice and you will save yourself a boatload of money. Today I made it in this new Wilton 16 in. x 4 in. loaf pan that my longtime friend Connie bragged about. The cake came out lovely. The only drawback is how to store it without cutting it in half. If you have any ideas let me know!
Category Archives: Desserts
Cardamom is my new favorite flavor! I loved it in these cheesecakes and when I saw this pound-cake in Bon Appetit I knew that I had to make it. Little did I know of the trouble that this seemingly simple recipe would cause.
Finding cardamom pods in Douglasville can be a little difficult. I did find the pods at the Indian market. The anise pods were a little more difficult. Really the cake part was easy. It was the plum sauce that seemed to be just out of my reach. It took me several times to finally get the knack. The first go round produced plums that were just way too mushy. I did save that liquid and used the plums by pushing them through a sieve. The next time I cooked more plums using the liquid I saved. I shortened the cooking time greatly which worked.
Here’s what we made in class on Friday our first lab of the year. The first time in the kitchen always makes for some interesting writing here. Just imagine 33 teens in a room with six kitchens all trying to get Danish in the oven, tables set, and kitchens cleaned in a mere 45 minutes. It is organized chaos!!! One group added their milk a day early and two groups got the Danish confused with the icing and added a heaping cup of powdered sugar to the dry ingredients. Another student used a pastry blender as a mixing tool. I haven’t figured that one out yet. After four hours and 124 students later I left feeling exhausted both mentally and physically. It was a great lab with only three wrong turns out of twenty-four that hit the nail on the head.
Here’s what I did to change it up and I loved the results and so did my family. Looking for something sweet, tart and very simple here it is Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon icing.
This Cheesecake is almost a miracle. From the top to the bottom it’s all no-bake. It’s so easy that you can whip it up in the morning and serve it for dinner with very little effort. The traditional cheesecake is delicious, but can be labor intensive and then fooling with that water bath can be intimidating for some of us. Try this simple no-bake cheesecake and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
Strawberries are everywhere now and when I saw this yummy looking cake on Martha’s newsletter I could not resist it. Who doesn’t love strawberries and whipped cream. That is what I call a match made in heaven and then add a nice layer of yellow cake to soak up all that good strawberry juice. I’m telling you that it is perfect!
I made three of these in one week that’s just how good they are. Make a one layer cake and then split it, cut up strawberries, whip up some cream and you have yourself a fancy dessert that is a show stopper.
I really had a lot of fun making this layer cake for my classes. It is so easy to make and impresses everyone. They think that I should be some master baker making wedding cakes for royalty! Yes, that’s what a great recipe can do for you. It can make you into something that you really aren’t. This is the best chocolate layer cake ever. You can do this trust me.