For my next Cake Decorating Basics class, I needed to bring one cake with my choice of filling. I happened to have a jar of lemon curd in the fridge and thought that a lemon cake might be nice. Luckily, Baked has a recipe for Lemon Drop Cake that I decided to bake for this assignment.
For class, I needed to bring my “class icing” and one layer cake. This cake bakes in three separate pans, so I would have extra to enjoy at home. Since I had to bring in my “class icing” I wasn’t going to make the lemon drop frosting. However, I planned on making a batch of the lemon curd filling for this recipe to use on the one cake layer that would stay at home.
This was a very easy cake from beginning to end. Since I don’t actually bake a lot of cakes (I frequently make cookies or pies instead) I had kind of forgotten just how simple a cake can be.
The batter was very light and smelled faintly of lemons (the batter has lemon zest in it).
I brought all three layers to my class just in case I would need them. I only ended up using one. And, it’s not so bad for my first real attempt at decorating a cake.
I brought the decorated cake to work with me and put it in the break room with a note asking people to eat it. A coworker said that she loved the lemony taste in the cake and that she loved my decorating. She also said that it would be great for a wedding cake. I’m assuming that she meant that it would be great for a wedding cake if it didn’t have a fish covering the top.
I assumed that most of the strong lemony flavor would come from the lemon curd and the lemon curd frosting. I fully intended to make the curd and frosting some time during the week. However, as the week went on, I came to the conclusion that I would not actually be making the lemon curd or the lemon curd frosting.
You know when you have one of those weeks? When you don’t want to do a single thing when you get home? Well, that was this week. When I actually felt ambitious enough to make some curd, that feeling lasted only about two minutes. So, I decided to just let this one go. And I am certain that this cake will be just fine without fancy homemade curd and fancy homemade curd frosting. I am also certain that if I eat a piece for breakfast each morning that I will eventually finish off all of the cake.
Plus, after you’ve had one of those weeks, is there any better way to start you day than with a big piece of cake?