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The Lemon Cake We Make for Easter

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Lemon Cake

(From 2019) Each year the girls and I make a lemon cake for the family’s Easter Sunday dinner. This Easter will find us in Miami and we may or may not be able to convince the girls to leave the beach for a hot kitchen, and I may not be able to convince myself! But for those of you, especially with little ones, I thought I’d share this recipe in the hope you’ll choose this year to make a special cake with them. Know that no matter how lopsided, burned or oddly decorated your cake may be- the memory of making it together will always be sweet!

Easter Lemon Cake

16 Servings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 10 pieces
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 T grated lemon zest (the zest of one large lemon or 1 tsp lemon extract

LEMON WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsps lemon extract
  • 1 tsp yellow food coloring (or whatever color you like- or none- it’s very pretty white)
  • 1 13.75 oz package of Whoppers Easter Robin Eggs

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F. For the Cake, grease 3 (8-inch) round cake pans. Set aside. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside. Mix buttermilk and baking soda in small bowl. Set aside.

Bring water and butter to boil in small saucepan, stirring to blend. Add the hot butter mixture into the flour mixture; mix with wire whisk until well blended. Add the buttermilk mixture, oil, eggs and extracts; mix with whisk until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

For the Frosting, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in heavy cream on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add lemon extract and food color; mix well.

Place one cooled cake layer on serving platter and spread with about 1/2 cup of the frosting. Top with second cake layer and spread with another 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with remaining frosting. Decorate as desired. Cover and refrigerate cake until ready to serve. Bring to room temperature when ready to serve.

#HobokenStrong- Share a Rainbow!

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People in the UK are putting rainbows in their windows to color the world in these dark times. I want to highlight a local mom and artist, Sarah Reever, who created a coloring sheet for children, to color and post in windows across the City. Drag or save this image to your desktop- print out, color and display in your window!

Local Love- We Could Use Your Hope!

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These are certainly hard times for all. And we are doing all we can locally to keep our community afloat, volunteering and shopping locally. We’ve also been thinking of ways to support our own small business and the four families who depend on us.

We’ve created a few special offers for our clients with the purchase of a gift certificate.

Package 1 – Buy a Summer or Fall Session Gift Certificate which will include our 45-minute session with an 8×10 print and a beautiful slide show which works on iPhones and can also be enjoyed on your TV screen. This package has a value of $790. Purchase a certificate for this package for just $495.

Package 2 – Buy a Summer or Fall Session Gift Certificate which will include our 45-minute session with an 8×10 print AND a 5×5 album which has a value of $1,245. Purchase a certificate for this package for just $875

Package 3 – Remember all those gorgeous images that you saw at your presentation but did not purchase? Choose from your family images in our archives and purchase prints at a discount. In addition to these precious images in any size or format, we will give you social media-sized digital files to share with family and friends. Take 50% off our regular pricing.  As upcoming birthdays, Mother’s Day and beyond make shopping in these times challenging- wouldn’t a photo be the perfect way to remember better times?

Please contact me via e mail for more information or call me at 917 312 5923.