I'm not sure about you Dear Reader, but for me Christmas and New Year's were really the calm before the storm. Any dreams that I had of sliding leisurely back into life in 2014 were shattered immediately. You see there's Australia Day, Chinese New Year and Valentines Day and there are even Easter buns at the store months earlier than they need to be. I know, Easter already?
I barely had time to contemplate odd things that actually do require some pondering like Dennis Rodman's relationship with Kim Jong Un (really? What am I missing?) before launching into baking. No hardship though you do understand ;)
We were having a family birthday dinner for my father. I was sick on his birthday so I couldn't make his cake but he's not one to get upset about things like that. He's not really a birthday person and his response to a cake is usually "Wah so big, why you make?" and he still signs his birthday cards to me with his full name - yep his first and last name just in case I don't know it.
Anyway, we were in a Chinese restaurant and he took a sip of water and screwed up his face. He then fished out the lemon from the water and placed it on a plate. In my entire life he had never expressed a dislike for lemon so I had no idea that he didn't like them but I had a lemonade cake baked for him for his birthday cake!
This lemonade cake is for those that adore lemons and lemonade (not surprisingly given the name). It's strong in lemon and tart but the tartness is offset with soft, billowing clouds of whipped cream and tingly lemon sherbert on top.
To me, an avowed lemon lover, it's heaven on a plate. If you tingle for the tartness of lemon curd then by all means fill two layers with the lemon curd. If you like your lemon moderate then fill just one of the three layers with lemon curd and the others with whipped cream.
Either way, he still ate it while wondering why it was so big ;)
So tell me Dear Reader, on your birthday do you ever make your own cake? Do you like to have a big party or are you more low key? And Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman-any theories on that?