Friday, April 15, 2011

The return of Me...and magical Lemon cakes!

Alright, I know- I haven't been keeping up the past few weeks.  Life got a little busy, but not in a way one would find interesting in a blog.  Unless people want to read about me doing a ton of laundry, vacuuming and wiping down counters constantly.  And I'm sure no one wants to hear about the nasty cold I caught last weekend.  So despite being busy, it was in a very boring way- almost anything "fun" in my life was on hold.

I have some fun stuff coming though- flower garden clean up, vegetable gardens, chicks (arrive after Easter!), and John is almost done with his semester which means we will be doing more wallpaper stripping, painting and bookshelf construction.  So hopefully I'll have things to actually blog about.

So a few weeks back, I made lemon cakes to celebrate HBO's new series, Game of Thrones.  HBO has done an excellent job promoting the series, and in fact, had food trucks in NYC and LA serving Westeros-inspired food, along with Lemon cakes.  The recipe was released too, and of course, I had to make some.

Official recipe
The recipe was really easy to follow- the hardest part was actually zesting the lemons, which wasn't hard, just time consuming.  I used my KitchenAid mixer, whipping the eggs until they had soft peaks.  While they were being whipped, I prepared the flour mixture, and the liquid mixture.  I mixed it all together, and put the mixture into the buttered ramekins.  Very carefully, I poured hot water into the dish that held all the ramekins.  I used my electric kettle to pour, which made it easier- I was a little worried that I'd spill water into the ramekins.  I then very carefully put the pan in the oven, tossed on some foil and baked.

Mine weren't as pretty...
When they were done, they came out of the ramekins easily, although the bottoms stuck a tiny bit.  I didn't want to waste it, so I used a spoon to put it back on, hence the lumpy look.

They tasted really good.  I mean REALLY good.  Very lemony- but not too sweet.  The recipe was for 6 cakes, but I only had four 4 oz ramekins, so I used a very large ramekin to make one big lemon cake.  I gave that one to Hodor...I mean my husband.  Actually we split it, and saved the remaining four for dessert that night.  Liam liked it, but Lilia didn't really like it that much.  I guess she really is like a certain tomboy character in the series.

I'm hoping to make more this weekend to enjoy on Sunday during the premier.  I can't believe it's less than 72 hours away.  I think it's been a really long time since I've looked forward to something on TV as much as I have with Game of Thrones.


  1. Last time I made them - from the same recipe - mine stuck a little too. They were good though!

    I am wondering... did you guys eat them at room temperature? We ate them warm, but tonight for the premiere I think they will be cooled. Are they still good at room temperature?

  2. We had the big one warm, and then ate the others at room temperature, and they were just fine. They actually might be really good chilled.

  3. Personally, I wasn't a fan of them when they were cold - for some reason the flavor wasn't as light and tasty. I preferred them warm. They were still good at room temp, but warm was definitely my favorite. :)

    I've read online where other folks preferred them cold, though, so take it for what it's worth. lol