Friday, November 17, 2017

Cake, I Love You (and Giveaway)



I have a recipe and a book to giveaway just in time for the entertaining season. "Cake, I Love You" by Jill O'Connor is a resource for decadent, delectable and do-able recipes. This book pretty much sums up my love affair with cake as I have a sweet tooth that I inherited from my mother and grandmother. I was offered this book to review, and I must say that the recipes in this book are all I would ever need for special celebrations and easy desserts for weeknights. One recipe that caught my eye is the Luscious Lemon Lake. This will be perfect for my upcoming gals get togethers.




























Luscious Lemon Loaf
Lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon oil combine to give this simple cake real zing. Don’t be tempted to skip the lemon oil, as it adds a wonderful fragrance and intense lemon flavor that lemon extract can’t match.  Cold pressed from the zest of oranges, limes, or lemons, citrus oils are concentrated and fragile. They must be refrigerated once the bottle is open, but even then they don’t last forever.
Serves 6 to 8


1-1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
2 large lemons
½ cup (120g) sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/4 teaspoon lemon oil
1-1/2 cups (245 g) all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup (110g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup (60 ml) canola oil
3 eggs, room temperature
Lemon Icing:
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon lemon oil
½ to 2 cups (180g to 240g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325ยบ. Coat a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the pan with an 8-1/2-inch-by 15-inch strip of parchment paper so it covers the bottom of the pan and hangs over the long sides.
Put the sugar in a small bowl. Using a microplane zester, grate the zest from the lemons into the sugar. Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingertips until the sugar is sandy and moist and fragrant with lemon. Set aside.
Cut the lemons in half. Using a citrus reamer, squeeze the juice from the lemons into another small bowl.
In a third small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup of the fresh lemon juice, (you should have about 2 tablespoons remaining; set aside for the icing.) the sour cream, vanilla, and lemon oil. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and oil together on medium speed just until creamy. Add the lemon sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as you go. Decrease the mixer speed to low and beat in the sour cream mixture. Add the dry ingredients in two additions, beating on low for a few seconds after each.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes (do not check the cake until it has been in the oven for at least 40 minutes, as it might sink in the middle.) The cake is done when a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the loaf, still in the pan, to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Grasping the overhanging parchment, lift the loaf out of the pan and set it on the rack. Cool completely.
To make the icing, whisk the butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and lemon oil with the confectioners’ sugar until smooth and creamy. Spread or drizzle the icing over the cooled cake.

For a chance to win a copy of CAKE, I LOVE YOU, leave a comment sharing your favorite cake or I'd love to know if you have a favorite pedestal to serve your cake on.

Thank you to Jill O’Connor and Chronicle Books/May 2017 for this beautiful book to share with my readers.

A winner will be chosen on November 27th.
xoxo
Debbie 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

29 comments:

  1. I have many cake recipes I love..I guess the most requested one is carrot cake..the one I had most fun making was last yrs though w/ the gingerbread shapes around it.
    This yr I was very fortunate to find quite a whimsical Christmas pedestal in red and white.I'll be trying my hand at a B H and Gardens deco idea..with candy canes etc on top.
    Cakes are so beautiful these days..

    works of art.Debbie do you follow iveanoven on IG? Wow.

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    1. Wow, I just checked out ivenoven on IG and am now following. I love the cake she just shared "Singing Birds". So much creativity with cakes these days! My mom used to make our cakes in either a bundt pan or a 13x9. Tasted just as good :-)

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  2. My favorite cake is Red Velvet! It is a blast to make and even better to eat! I unfortunately do not have a cute cake stand, don't think I one at all, but I should find one!

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  3. Sounds like a great cake book. The lemon loaf looks great. A perfect time to bake lemon cakes. We happen to have two lemon trees. I think the favorite is carrot cake. Well, a CC cake stand would be the best! Happy Saturday.

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    1. I am envious of your lemon trees! This Northern gal will always remember spending a Christmas in California with Joe's family. We were picking lemons and grapefruits which was a real treat for us in December. I LOVE carrot cake! And a CC cake stand!

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  4. Wow, love your new, or new to me design! That must be the magic of Linda.
    I think a moist devils food cake is my favorite, though I don't often eat cake anymore. If I do it has to be worth the calories!
    The book looks lovely, but I have to get rid of my most of my books as well as my dishes, but thanks for the offer. I don't have a favorite cake stand, I probably have to get rid of most of those too! Breaking up is hard to do!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Kathleen, I love a moist devils food cake also. I make one with the addition of Dr. Pepper and enjoy the spicy flavor. I don't eat cake that often and agree that it has to be worth the calories. The book is lovely, and I understand that you need to downsize. I have been donating cookbooks to when I go for my walk through Root Glen at Hamilton College. They have a "Little Free Library" on the trail near the gardens. It's great to see someone has taken the books by the time I go back the following day!

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    2. Yes my new design was the magic of Linda!

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  5. I have a "cake tooth" and this one looks divine! What a cute book!

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    1. I also have a cake tooth! Inherited it from my grandmother and mother. LOL

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  6. Oh, I forgot to mention that my MKC courtly check cake stand is my very favorite thing!

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    1. Your MKC courtly check cake stand is lovely! I have the enamel one, but Joe feels the fluted ceramic piece would get a lot of use also!

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  7. My favorite cake is a chocolate cake made with olive oil and almond meal. It is beyond delicious, and I absolutely love baking it! Everyone just adores it!

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    1. Chocolate cake made with olive oil and almond meal sounds great!

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  8. I think my fav recipe is YOUR pistachio cake recipe!!!

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  9. Oh yum, one of my favorite cakes! My mom made a yummy lemon cake that I sometimes make. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Saving this one...........
    Happy Thanksgiving.......

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    1. Lemon cakes are wonderful! Glad you have a lemon cake recipe from your mom that you love!

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  10. Oh my, do I have to choose just one???? I'm so fickle, and must admit to loving Texas Sheet Cake, Angel Food Cake with 7 minute frosting, Pistachio Cake, Raspberry Cake...sorry, I could go on and on. I have a pretty crystal cake stand for serving, that was given to me from coworkers.
    Happy Thanksgiving week to you and Joe! xx

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    1. Kitty, I knew you couldn't choose just one! I'm glad you shared your favorites, and you already know that I use many recipes from your blog!

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  11. I love making new cakes for my family for birthday celebrations and lemon is one of my all-time favorites, Debbie. This recipe with lemon oil sounds wonderful! My favorite cake is a Chocolate Chiffon Toffee cake recipe given to me by a long time friend and my favorite cake is pedestal was gifting to me by our oldest daughter. It's a MacKensie Childs ;)

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    1. Susan, I had a feeling that your favorite cake pedestal would be Courtly Check :-)

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  12. Wow, what a fun giveaway! I would love to win this beautiful book, bake a couple of cakes, and then blog about it!

    My favorite cake is my grandmother's strawberry cake served on my fluted MacKenzie-Childs cake pedestal in the Brighton Pavilion pattern. The pink cake looks great on it! ;P

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    1. I can envision the strawberry cake served on the Brighton Pavilion pattern! Gorgeous!

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  13. Make mine lemon, and that is how I named my blog. :)

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    1. Ms. Lemon, that is awesome! I'm going to pick out a lemon recipe from your blog for my dinner menu!

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  14. My favorite cake is Carrot cake!!! Love the buttercream frosting.

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    1. Oh yes, Carrot Cake is in the top three of my list. I need to make it more often!

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