Thursday, October 14, 2010

The "un-birthday cake"

A very merry unbirthday to you

Our youngest daughter has always been the "un-birthday" cake girl! When she was little she would stick her fingers in the frosting & pose for those cutesy photos parents have of their toddlers. You know the pics with the fingers dripping with sugary sweetness. In truth though when she was able to express her opinion at birthday events she never wanted a birthday cake. She was that kid at a birthday party who didn't want a sugary piece of birthday cake loaded with frosting. The "un-birthday cake" girl ate Cookie cakes for years. Now that she is older she actually has a little more variety in her dessert repertoire but still manage to keep it simple. When she had a birthday this week I stumbled upon a great idea for a small gathering birthday celebration. Why not make a loaf pan sized birthday cake? Our family tends to have a birthday every 4 weeks in the summer & fall. We get overloaded on cake to be honest. The smaller sized cake seems like the perfect way to celebrate & have our cake too! Why did it take me so long to come up with this "small un-birthday cake" idea?

Lemon Pound Cake
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur
Juice from two medium lemons (approx 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease & flour a 9x5 loaf pan well. (I used a Nordic Ware loaf pan with many nooks & tiny spots) make sure to get the entire pan greased & floured so the cake will have nice clear definition.

In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

In mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream butter. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice and oil until mixed well.

Gradually add dry ingredient mixture to your mixer and blend until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until wooden skewer comes out clean. Edges should be golden brown & will continue crisp upon cooling.

Let cake cool before spreading the icing over the cake.

Ingredients for Lemon Liqueur Icing

1 cup plus 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur
For icing blend powdered sugar, milk, and lemon extract & Lemon Liqueur until creamy. Ice the top of your cake and let the icing drip down the sides of your pound cake. Let icing set on the pound cake before slicing.

When making a flavored Pound Cake try using a local liqueur. Austin Texas has many local flavors but this one really caught our interest & has so many possibilities. Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur also has a delicious Orange Liqueur.


Anonymous said...

I love the idea of this "un-birthday cake". The Lemon Liqueur Icing sounds really terrific!

t does wool said...

gorgeous daughter and what a great BD cake,thanks for sharing the recipe,Dee~

Dee said...

5 Star~I think this un-birthday cake is a definite repeat! The Lemon Liqueur was wonderful, I highly recommend this one.
t does wool~Thank you, it's a pleasure!

kitchen flavours said...

What a delightful "un-birthday cake". Sounds good with the lemon liquer. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter!

Angie's Recipes said...

Well, it doesn't have to be birthday to serve a birthday cake, right? :-))
I love the cake, and the lemony icing is just as wonderful!

Dee said...

Kitchen Flavors~Thank you, that lemon liqueur is outstanding, still eager to incorporate it into a few more recipes.
Angie~No, absolutely not! After all who needs that more cake than that. It is the perfect amount.

The Enchanted Cook said...

Ha! What a great idea!! Looks like lemony yumminess!


Taste of Beirut said...

What a wonderful idea and thanks for bringing my attention to this liqueur made here in Texas.

Dee said...

Enchanted Cook~it is truly lemony! Limes & Lemons are some of my favorite flavors year round.
Taste of Beirut~So glad to introduce you to the liqueur. It does add a distinct flavor to both the cake & icing.

mangocheeks said...

Pretty pretty Birthday girl :)

Lemon liqueur icing is making my tongue zing.