Katie of Katiecakes (Can get the cake recipe here or buy Melissa's cookbook)
Sweet Almond Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Mascarpone Frosting
I am hurrying this morning. My parents came up this last week after two years and I made the cake while Mom and Dad were visiting. Okay, honesty, I have had to bake the cake itself . . . TWICE. Yes, there are 24 egg yolks currently in my refrigerator.
My parents have been married for 45 years and I wanted to bake the cake for their anniversary because Dad loves lemon flavors and I thought Melissa's cake would be perfect. Mom loves chocolate so I also made a triple chocolate layer mousse cake. Melissa's cake was baked before my parents arrived and I took the cake out of the oven too soon. I tested the cake twice with toothpicks and the cake still CAVED big time. I had two bowls and no salvaging was going to help this mess.
Mom and Dad arrived and later Thursday afternoon, I re-baked the cake, got wrapped up in some serious catching-up conversation and never heard the oven alarm go off. I have NO idea how long the cake was in the oven. Panicked, took the cake layers out of the oven and Dad said no worries, crunchy cake is his favorite.
The lemon curd tasted delicious but again, I cooked a LOT longer then what Melissa stated in the recipe, the curd came to the right thickness but was still not overly thickened when fully chilled. My butter is an apparent addition in the frosting as well. Maybe I did not have the butter at room temperature long enough, I don't know. I do know the cake was still VERY tasty. Thank you Katie for choosing this week's recipe and for hosting. I think I can now bake this cake with my eyes closed =). Check out the rest of our group's cakes along with me and have fun seeing imagination at work! The link to the bakers roll: Baker's Roll.
I just finished crocheting the above doily (only took 8 months this time) for my parents about 1 week before they arrived. I don't know if you can tell from the picture but the doily is about 24-inches in circumference. Happy Sunday and Happy Baking everyone!