Another birthday cake and the recipe

The last two weeks of October are busy ones for us. We have my mom’s birthday on 21 October and Terence’s grandmother’s birthday on the 28th. Then its Halloween on the 31st.

This year we had a party for my mother and I made a big effort cake which I posted last week. Granny turned 99 and that warranted another effort cake so Halloween got left out in the cold.

I made Granny a lemon cake with Russian buttercream icing. I decorated it with Lindt chocolates and a few sprinkles of sticky brown sugar. I got the decoration idea for this cake from my blogging friend Smitha’s blog. You can see her post here:

I made Granny a lemon cake with Russian buttercream icing. I decorated it with Lindt chocolates and a few sprinkles of sticky brown sugar. I got the decoration idea for this cake from my blogging friend Smitha’s blog. You can see her post here: https://smithasbakelove.com/2020/10/19/5-birthday-cakes/. She has shared some other nice cake ideas in this post.

Lemon cake recipe

Ingredients

6 eggs, separated

375 ml white sugar

250 ml sunflower oil

560 ml self raising flour

70 ml lemon zest

60 ml lemon juice

70 ml water

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a round cake tin with wax paper.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and then add the oil. Mix until combined. Add 310 ml of the flour and combine. Add the water and the lemon juice and stir in. Add the remaining flour and beat until everything is combined.

Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed until they form peaks and the mixture doesn’t run when you turn the bowl sideways.

Fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 50 – 60 minutes until it is golden brown on top and a cake tester comes out clean.

Russian buttercream recipe

Soften 250 ml of butter. Place in a mixer and beat for eight minutes, scrapping down the sides regularly. Slowly add a tin (385 grams) of condensed milk, approximately 1/5 of the can at a time. Beat thoroughly in between.

Ice your cake and place in the refrigerator until about 1 hour before you serve so that the cake can return to room temperature. Add your chocolate and sugar decorations before you refrigerate.

89 thoughts on “Another birthday cake and the recipe

    1. I usually use plain flour and baking power, Elizabeth, but it depends on the recipe. This particular recipe was originally my mother’s and all of hers use self raising flour. It works very well so I generally use it with SR flour. If I don’t have any, then I use baking powder. I would use 15 ml of baking powder for this recipe.

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    1. I haven’t been baking that often lately, Diana, although I do love to bake. I am going to make a gingerbread village for Christmas this year. I decided I need to have a great challenge to make the holidays fun with all the C-19 shop closures around here.

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    1. I suppose it comes from Russia, John. I’d never heard of it before but saw it on Smitha’s site. I am a great experimenter so I looked up a recipe, which I then amended as I do [grin]. This is a yummy icing, very rich and creamy.

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  1. Wow! It’s a good sign for you that your granny has lived such a long life. I can see why Halloween took a back seat when you’ve got all of these important people in your life to worry about.

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  2. Happy Birthday to Terrence’s grandmother. 99! This looks wonderful and my mother is a big fan of condensed milk, so we should give it a try. And thanks for the link to Smitha’s post as well. What a great imagination!

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    1. HI Olga, it was a lovely party. 99 is very old, I’m not sure I want to ever be that dependent, but granny has lots of people to look after her and lives with her daughter. This icing is creamy and rich.

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    1. This icing was lovely, Debby. I’m glad I learned about it. I liked it as a contrast to the lemon. I was pleased to find this easy but effective cake design. It’s a bit tough with two important birthdays one after the other.

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    1. Hi Wayne, now that is a good question. A 100th birthday cake will have to be very special. I made the Scottish flag for her 90th so will have to put on my thinking cap. I hope all is well with the bears.

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  3. This cake looks amazing. Thanks Robbie for sharing the recipe. Have shared with my daughter. She’s trying out baking as part of ‘creativity’ in school.
    Happy Birthday to your grandma!

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