Martha Stewart's 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake

1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake, Martha Stewart

On March 10 it was my mom 70th Birthday.  We finally celebrated her, the past week-end, on March 19.  It's always a challenge, in my family, to find a date where we can all meet.  We all live apart and are busy with children, family, careers.  The best gift that we could offer my mom was to be all together, with our spouses and her grandchildren for this special day.  When we were planning the event we decided that each of us, the four children, would either make an appetizer, an entrée or dessert for Dinner.  It's no surprise to anyone that they asked me to bring dessert.  My mom loves strawberries, lemon, whipped cream.  It took me two days to finally decide on this cake from Martha Stewart the 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake.  It's an old-fashioned cake that has one cup butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour and four eggs.  That's why they named it 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake.

With the four eggs it has a texture that is a bit more dense than a classic cake and it almost has the texture of a pound cake.  To the four main ingredients you incorporate, in the batter, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and buttermilk to achieve a perfect lemony taste that I was looking for and that old-fashioned taste.  That is a cake that you prepare in three steps.  First the cake itself, then the Lemon Curd and the Sweetened Whipped Cream.  The challenge for me was the Lemon Curd.  I had never made it before and was nervous about doing it for the first time for my mom's birthday.  As I was reading the reviews for the cake someone said to double the recipe for the Lemon Curd and I am glad I did.  The Lemon Curd turned out really good and if you follow the recipe you will have good results.  If you make this cake I would suggest that you assembled the cake at the last minute.  This cake has four layers, in between layers you spread the Lemon Curd.  The top of the cake is decorated with whipped cream and fresh fruits.  It is my son's boyfriend, Justin, that decorated the cake. He did a great job.  My mom called today and said that she had the best birthday and loved the cake.

My daughter Geneviève
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