Spring in a cake: lemon loaf style

Baking with Julia’s Lemon Loaf Cake, as everyone noted, was simplicity itself.  However, no one mentioned how hard it would be to find cake flour, nor did the simple list of ingredients include a reminder NOT to forget to add the cooled melted butter (thankfully, the cake had only been in the oven for one minute when I discovered said cooled butter and added it, quickly, as the recipe instructs).

The minor details of my woes were nothing compared to the heavenly aroma of this cake baking.  Spring in a bottle, and if I could create an app that would let my readers smell my kitchen, I’d be wealthy. Gorilla Girl walked into the kitchen and exclaimed, “That smells so good! When can we eat it?” Gorilla Girl also insisted that the dandelions would look great with the lemon cake — thankfully, she didn’t want to eat them with the cake! Instead, we smeared our cake with lemon curd.

It must have been a permutation of spring house cleaning (or maybe it was that lemon scent forcing me to relive spring cleaning dramas of my youth), because I went on a baking and cooking spree that included making use of the foods of spring. I made asparagus and crab soup from Andrea Nguyen’s Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, and used up the denuded lemons by incorporating their juice into Lemon Curd from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.

Further evidence of spring can be found in Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl’s joyful play on our first beach trip of the season.

Lemon loaf cake is fragrant and sunny enough to remind us of the pure joys of spring.

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17 Responses to Spring in a cake: lemon loaf style

  1. Eileen says:

    When do you have te time…I am amazed by all you do in a day! Also I love love all that is lemon and next time this is baking call me! XO!

  2. heidi1169 says:

    Love, love, love the dandelions and especially enjoyed the forgetting of ingredients! It seems to happen to me as well. Have fun at the park, Gorilla Girl!

  3. It looks good, glad you like it.

  4. I love that you added lemon curd as well. Yum!

  5. jennrag says:

    I didn’t read the recipe carefully the first time and missed all the room temperature instructions too! Mine still turned out great…

  6. We had a Lovely Lemons class last week at the store and made lemon curd and it was TO DIE FOR! I wish I had thought to make some to put on my lemon loaf! Yours looks delicious!

  7. Teresa says:

    I did exactly what you did and used the recipe from AMFT for the lemon curd. It was lovely with the cake. I also am with Gorilla Girl on the subject of dandelions – they’re underappreciated!

  8. Looks very yummy! I hate when I almost forget to add an ingredient!

    http://www.imathomebaking.com

  9. Cher says:

    I won’t expound on my love of lemon curd here – but brilliant idea.
    And I kind of like dandelions – sometimes, they are the only spot of color out there 🙂

  10. Cathleen says:

    Nice post. I love homemade lemon curd.

  11. Piebird says:

    the cake looks great, as do the dandelions! please tell Gorilla Girl they are the perfect yellow!

  12. betsy says:

    Gorilla Girl has great design sense. Dandelions are a cheery sign of spring, and a perfect complement to lemon cake.

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