Cake’s on a Plane
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my intention was to write about cake but I had just discovered making “No Knead Bread.” I’m still going crazy with this bread technique -I’m cooking it all the time. I’ll talk about that on another post- but for now- I’ve got to tell you about this beautiful cake.
Spring is here Summer is coming and nothing says summer like iced tea. Nothing says Iced Tea like this beautiful cake. When I saw this post on honey & jam.com I knew I was going to make this cake. Hannah Queen is a an amazing young Southern woman who apparently is an amazing cook. Bless my heart, newbie I am, I had no idea! Her bio can attest to her skills she’s been in many magazines… this girl can cook and photography skills are enviable. WOW! I can’t imagine being so put together at such a young age! I digress…
Ms.Queen gives us this Lemon cake … with black tea frosting! Seems inspired! It’s like the most beautiful iced tea you can imagine. The flavors and the photographs in the description this pulled me right in. I made this cake the day after I saw the post! I called this post “Cake’s on a Plane” because in the 1st photograph it looks like this cake is sitting on a plane. Well it looks that way to me… Doesn’t it to you? It’s not on a plane. It’s near my kitchen table. That looks exactly like a plane window to me…
The cake part is pretty straight forward. There is a bit of lemon zest included, but i was a little surprised to see the lemon flavor came from lemon extract and a delightful glaze you pour into a perforated warm cake. The lemon was still quite mild-but of course I had been a citrus binge for a few days. Perhaps a bit of subtlety was missed by me.
I’m just learning about making cakes, and frosting them. I realize now I didn’t put enough frosting between the layers of cake. You can’t really see the middle frosting layer. I’ll know next time. This is what I love about working in the kitchen, there’s always another chance! (and you can eat your mistakes!!)
I found out since I made this cake that this is a classic Italian meringue frosting. Basically, you make a meringue and add hot syrup to it to while whipping to bring it into this amazing consistency. This recipe has a black tea syrup to give it that beautiful subtle taste of black tea. I enjoyed making this frosting, but I was very concerned about the amount of lost syrup that flew on to the sides of the mixing bowl as the whip worked. I wonder if that is that normal?
To make the beautiful decoration, I had to candy some lemons. This is the first time that I’ve made candied lemon slices or any candied fruit for that matter. I had a great time and it was really delicious learning how to do this! I only needed a few for my cake but I kept putting more in the pan so that I could eat them. And I did. I snacky snacked on them all day. Every time I walked into the kitchen I would eat one, as if to say “Welcome to the kitchen! Congratulations! Have a candied lemon slice!” I did friends, I surely did.
The cake and the frosting are a very light and refreshing combination in this dessert. I had mine with milk! Head over to honey & jam and check out Hanna’s beautiful photos and food! You’ll be absolutely inspired!