Making lemon cake out of lemons
Sunday July 10th 2011, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Family,Food

I was going to post a picture of the lilies, type, Just one more day, and leave the blog at that for the night and distract myself with Epiphany yarn. Row 72.

Michelle popped her head around the corner: “You were going to make almond cake, right?”

“Was I?” (Total head tilt.)

She’d just assumed, since I’d bought almond milk at Trader Joe’s on that trip yesterday and said it was for making cake with, well, so, tonight, right?

After we both got a good laugh out of that miscommunication–I’d simply wanted it on hand for the possibility–we both admitted that lemon cake actually sounded more fun, and since we already had five lemons picked we wouldn’t even have to brave the thorns in the dark out there.

1952 Betty Crocker’s Hot Milk Sponge Cake, substitute fresh picked lemon juice for half the milk–all of it is even better but again, it was a thorny issue–double the butter  (using Earth Balance to substitute) and soy or almond milk for the rest of the milk if needed (the dairy allergy thing) and there you go.

I got interrupted by the timer during the previous paragraph, and oh, does that kitchen smell heavenly. Michelle and Richard are looking forward to their early-morning breakfast before the dash for the train, everybody’s cheered up, and I’ve totally lost any leftover moping about the skin cancer surgery and any hair loss tomorrow.

Just because you can definitely means you should.

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When life hands you lemons, make lemon cake!

~~Good thoughts for tomorrow~~

Comment by Deb 07.10.11 @ 11:25 pm

Prayers sent upward. Remember, He knows every hair on our heads! [And oh how I wish He would do something about the eyebrows which are migrating down to my chin!] Love and hugs from Foat Wuth.

Comment by Lynn 07.11.11 @ 3:04 am

With husband in hospital, I am thinking of you today.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 07.11.11 @ 6:21 am

Sending prayers and loving thoughts your way. I’m glad you had that very pleasant distraction!

Comment by Channon 07.11.11 @ 6:21 am

Good thoughts and prayers coming your way.

Comment by Jody 07.11.11 @ 6:25 am

How did you know I like lemon cake?
Best wishes and prayers for the surgery.
‘Foat Wuth’ — I love it!

Comment by Don Meyer 07.11.11 @ 8:00 am

Would someone nearby take that lady a small jar of lemon curd to dab on those delicious looking cakes? Yum!

Thinking of you today.

Comment by LynnM 07.11.11 @ 8:00 am

mmmmm, lemon cake sounds heavenly!

hope the surgery goes well and you’re back at the needles (and the baking!) pronto

Comment by Bev 07.11.11 @ 8:48 am

I hope it all goes well, and I hope it all goes.

Comment by LauraN 07.11.11 @ 9:12 am

Thinking of you Alison! Sending my best your way.

Comment by Michelle 07.11.11 @ 7:00 pm

You’ll be in my thoughts tomorrow. All will be well . . . .

Comment by Madeline 07.11.11 @ 7:38 pm

You come out okay???????

Comment by Afton 07.12.11 @ 6:16 am

That looks delicious! So, do you just sub the almond milk one-for-one with regular? And does it taste almondy? I have a cherry almond cake recipe that calls for almond extract, but it might be good with almond milk…

Comment by RobinH 07.12.11 @ 8:57 am

Those Stargazer lilies are gorgeously flamboyant!

I was sad to discover many of the milk substitutes I used to use now have sunflower oil in them (I am also very allergic to sunflower oil) but I ca still use coconut milk for treats to share with Oscar :-}
I have been playing around with potential replacements for the lemon ingredients (I am allergic to both juice and peel) Maybe lemon balm with some vinegar for the acid?
Nothing sounds as good, though :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.12.11 @ 10:24 am

sounds lovely. And I love the idea that you PICKED the lemons!

Comment by Lene 07.12.11 @ 6:31 pm

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