Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Lemon Cake

For my birthday last Saturday I chose Lady Bird Johnson's Famous Lemon Cake. My partner re-engineered the recipe and gave Lady Bird a new interpretation. The result was a sweet cake with the wonderful taste of fresh fruit. In addition to lemon, he added lime and tangelo to the cake and frosting.

Play-by-Play: It started with a mistake. Jeff accidentally added lime rind and juice to the cake batter instead of lemon. That gave him the idea to use lemon and tangelo juice plus rind to the frosting. The cake can either be three layer or bundt style. He chose three layers. The frosting was doubled but he could have used more.

Over the top touch: Jeff got the brilliant idea to place the flesh of tangelos on top on the icing between cake layers. To make it citrus-proof he also added frosting to the bottom of the layer going on top of the tangelo flesh.

Result: Lady Bird never tasted so good. This was like a fruit pie but cake style.

What's your favorite cake?

(Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads).


  1. Wow! Sounds delicious. But citrus is one of my favorite flavors. Good job.

  2. happy birthday...and can I have a slice. I love orange or lemon desserts and this has both!

  3. Happy Birthday! The cake sounds delicious. I love lemon cakes. My favorite is Barefoot Contessa's recipe for Lemon Pound cake.

  4. My husband would love your lemon cake --that's his favorite! Mine is pistachio!

  5. Belated birthday wishes! The cake sounds delicious.

  6. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I forgot to mention that this has the texture of a pound cake. Lemon has always been my favorite. We're lucky that the tangelos and lemons come from our yard.

    Aloha from Rob

  7. Happy birthday
    I love citrus cakes - lemon drizzle cake is my favourite, but I'd love to try this ;0)

    MY WC here:

  8. This sounds absolutely delicious. I've been craving anything citrus since I've been preggers, and cake is my favorite thing in the world. What a beautiful marriage!

    I finished Confections of a Closet Master Baker (thank you again!), and I absolutely loved it. Tried the golden egg recipe for myself, and I'll post about it soon. :D

  9. And a happy belated birthday. I hope it was a wonderful day.

  10. Oh my gosh, that sounds divine! Happy Birthday a few days late!

  11. Happy Birthday! This cake sounds delicious. I'm always tweaking cake recipes-- usually on purpose. ;)
    I can eat more cake when there isn't a lot of super rich frosting so I like bundt cakes, pound cakes, quick breads best. I love pineapple upside down cake.


  12. sounds like you had a tasty birthday. Can't say I have a fav cake recipe. I am rather partial to making lemon squares but rarely make a lemon cake. hmm, will have to think on this. I rarely use the same cake recipe as I have so many I want to try yet.

  13. Happy Belated Birthday!


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