Lemon Meringue Cake from Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook- Celebrating Birthdays!
|Lemon meringue cake with "Happy Birthday" cake topper from Justine Ma|
|ingredients for lemon cream - in my wheel thrown bowls|
I recall the Duke cake taking me several days to get all the components together. This time it only took me 3 days of work, at separate times, to finish the cake. On Sunday, I made a batch of salted caramel using my own recipe. Mainly because I wanted a slightly darker caramel flavour. My recipe also does not use almond meal.
|The making of the lemon meringue cake - meringue being added to the cake base|
I found prepping everything first worked best (salted caramel, lemon cream, lemon syrup). That way, once the cakes are cooled, assembly is a breeze.
Then a little more than half a cup of salted caramel was poured onto the cake - the half that you have determined to be the bottom of the cake.
Since I had made my salted caramel the day before, I heated it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. This ensured that the salted caramel was still spreadable but not so hot that it would leak everywhere. An inch or so was left around the edges so that no spillage would occur.
Lastly, the lemon cream was layered onto the cake. Then I popped on the top part of the cake, wrapped the entire thing in saran wrap and set it in the freezer.
The next day - which was this morning (Tuesday), I iced the cake with meringue. This has to be done fresh and it is important to work quickly as the meringue has to be caramelized to be set. This was the part where I think I got a bit nervous! Even though I work with meringue often, I don't often use it for icing a cake. Trying to make the meringue go on straight on the cake while being worried about being too fussy with the meringue was a real concern! You can't fiddle with the meringue too long, otherwise it starts to lose its shape and fall.
Finally, after some fiddling with the torch I managed to finish the lemon meringue cake!
Whew! It was also a bit touch an go when it came to moving the cake onto the cake stand. Thankfully, Dan has a big flat lifter for bread making so that made it much easier! The lemon meringue cake I made is a bit rough around the edges and also slightly bigger than the one in the cookbook (due to those 9" pans). However, I am sure it will taste great! Will keep you posted as we are having the birthday cake tonight! fingers crossed that I had enough of a layer of salted caramel and lemon cream.
|Another view of the lemon meringue cake. |
This time with the cake topper lower & catching the afternoon light.