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Mother’s Day Cake

Mother's Day Cake

Once a year we dedicate an entire day to singing the praises of all the women who have raised us. These women have been our strength, our joy, our teachers and our friends; they deserve to be on a pedestal. It is the perfect occasion to create something spectacular, a cake, a vision of beauty and awe to match our gratitude.

This stunning cake is bright and cheery, both in presentation and flavors. Under the toasted meringue roses you will find layers of light lemon sponge cake, raspberry preserves and lemon curd. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Cake
Makes one 8-inch cake

Prep and assembly time: 2 hours
Baking time: 20 minutes
Level: For the experienced baker or daring beginner

Sponge cake:

1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon zest of lemon
5 large eggs, room temperature

Lemon Curd:

6 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
pinch salt
zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup raspberry jam

Meringue:

1 cup egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

Baking the Lemon Sponge:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center of the oven. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the paper.
  • Beat the sugar, zest, and eggs in a stand mixer using the whip attachment, on high speed for about 5 minutes. The eggs will be light in color and very thick.
  • Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold it in carefully with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour into the prepared pans and quickly spread it out evenly.
  • Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

To make the Lemon Curd:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the yolks and sugar. Whisk in the lemon juice, salt and zest. Place the bowl over a medium sized saucepot that has an inch of simmering water in it. Using a tempered rubber spatula stir the lemon mixture over the heat until it thickens. This can take 5 to 10 minutes. As the lemon curd thickens it should cling to the rubber spatula. It will be thick like a pudding.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Strain the curd into a container and cover with plastic. Put in the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the curd is cold but not frozen. Remove and place in refrigerator until ready to use. It will be good for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

To assemble the cake:

  • Cut each of the cakes in 2 layers. Place one layer of the cake on a 8-inch cardboard cake round. Spread ¼ cup preserves on the cake, followed by 1/4 cup lemon curd. Repeat with the next two layers of cake, preserves and lemon curd. Finally, top with the last layer of cake.

Meringue

To make the meringue:

  • Whisk together the egg whites, sugar and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Rest the bowl over a pot of simmering water to form a double boiler. Scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all the sugar is off the sides of the bowl. Continue to stir the mixture until all the sugar is melted into the eggs and you no longer feel any graininess when rubbed between your fingers, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Place the bowl onto your mixer, add the vanilla and salt, whisk on high speed until the meringue is thick and glossy and the bowl is just warmer than room temperature, about 8 minutes.

Frost a Cake

To decorate the cake:

  • Use a large rose tip, to make the flowers and to pipe the striped base.  Starting at the top edge of the cake with the narrow end of the rose tip facing up, pipe a continuous spiral all the way down the cake, being careful to overlap the previous stripe.

For information and a how-to video about piping the roses visit www.zoebakes.com.

Toasting the Meringue

  • Use a propane blowtorch to lightly toast the meringue; which gives it a lovely marshmallow flavor.  (Be very careful to do this on a fireproof surface.) The cake can also be served without toasting the meringue; the pure white icing is also gorgeous.

More Baked Goods From Zoe:

Zoë François, author of “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” and “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day“, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now calls Minneapolis her home, where she has worked with some of the top talent in the culinary world — Steven Brown, Andrew Zimmern and many chefs at the D’Amico company. In addition to writing, Zoë teaches baking classes and consults at restaurants, and she maintains her baking blog, zoebakes.com. Her third book comes out in October, “Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads in Five Minutes a Day.”

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