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Friday, March 5, 2010

Another Delicious Cake from Sky High

Being that my daughter Brinley and I have birthdays that are only two days apart, I was a little bit on chocolate overload (I know, shocking) with brownie sundaes and the devils food cupcakes. I wanted something light but delicious. I love my Sky High Triple Layer Cake book and want to eventually make every recipe in it. Every single recipe has turned out amazingly delicious, so of course I started scanning recipes. There were so many delicious sounding cakes but the Lemon Poppy seed Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting caught my eye. It was everything I had hoped. The cake was light, yet moist with a hint of lemon flavor (not overpowering at all!). The frosting, oh my, I am a HUGE fan of pretty much anything with almond extract and paired with cream cheese, sugar and butter, how could it be anything but heavenly? It made me one happy birthday girl! This cake is best enjoyed freshly baked.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake with Almond-Cream Cheese Frosting
Sky High Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes

Makes an 8 in. triple layer cake; serves 12-16

3 cups cake flour

2 cups sugar

4 1/1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. poppy seeds
2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
5 egg whites
1/3 cup water
Almond Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Optional Garnishes:sliced almonds, or poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. butter the bottoms of three 8 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment or waxed paper; butter the paper.

Combine the flour, 1 3/4 cups of the sugar, the baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on low speed, blend to combine and break up any lumps, about 30 seconds.

Add the butter, lemon zest, and 1 cup of the buttermilk to the flour. Beat on low until completely mixed. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes to lighten and aerate the batter.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk; whisk to blend thoroughly. Add the egg white mixture to the batter in 2 or 3 additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating only enough to incorporate. Divide the batter among the 3 prepared pans.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.

While the cake layers are cooling, make a lemon syrup. In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon juice with the water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Turn out the cake onto wire racks (use wax paper underneath to avoid messes) and generously brush the hot lemon syrup over the warm cake layers to moisten evenly. Allow the layers to cool completely.

To frost the cake,place one layer, flat side up, on a cake stand or serving plate. Spread 2/3 cup of the Almond-Cream Cheese Frosting over the cake to cover evenly. Repeat with the next layer. Set the third layer in place. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. Garnish with poppy seeds or sliced almonds.

Almond-Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature

5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon almond extract

In a large mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Continue to beat until very fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the almond extract and mix well.

Posted by: Sallie

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steph- whisk/spoon said...

i just made this cake myself, and boy is it good. yours looks light and fluffy and beautiful!

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