Every year for my brothers birthday, when we are able to get together, I make him a lemon cake at his request. This year he described exactly what he wanted and at first I was really skeptical that anyone besides him would enjoy the non traditional flavors he was requesting.
So instead of taking lots of photos while baking his lemon cake, as I usually do, I decided this cake would never see be seen by anyone other than those lucky enough to celebrate his birthday at my home.
That was until I tasted this cake and was blown away by how moist and delicious it was! This truly is the best lemon cake I have ever made or tasted in my life.
When he first began describing what he wanted me to make he basically said he wanted a lemon cake with some sort of lemon glaze which at that point sounded pretty normal although I have never been a big fan of lemon cake before I knew it would be edible.
He then said that he wanted strawberries on top and that is where he lost me. At that point, I was sure that he would be the only one eating this cake.
I baked the lemon cake in two round 8 inch cake pans according to the directions on the box. Once the cake was done baking, I allowed them to cool and then added the lemon pie filling to the top of one circle lemon cake. Next, I added the other lemon cake on top.
I then iced the entire cake with buttercream frosting and sliced fresh strawberries. I added the slices of strawberries to the entire top and sides of the lemon cake.
I attempted to write happy birthday on the cake with white icing but that didn’t go over as well as planned. It kind of ran off the cake and after being refrigerated for a few hours it was completely unreadable.
Nobody seemed to mind how funky the lemon cake looked once they tried it and after hearing how good it was, I had to try a piece for myself. It turns out, I love lemon cake with strawberries on top and the lemon filling makes a huge difference in the texture of the cake as well as the flavor.
My brother may be on to something with his odd creations, I may have to get more input from him on the desserts I bake, who knows he may have a viral recipe rattling around in that brain of his.
Have you ever been surprised by the outcome of a non traditional recipe? I would love to hear about what foods you enjoy that sound really weird but turned out awesome, like this lemon cake.
By the way, he loved his birthday gift! I am so excited because it may be the first time I ever bought him a gift that he actually wanted and didn’t expect.