Lemon curd cake with meringue icing

I did not follow any particular recipe. I used my own sponge cake and then let my imagination run wild.

The meringue icing was supposed to be blow torched, but when I tried to use the blow torch, it didn’t want to work and my mum discovered that there was no gas.

The recipe for the cake batter only makes one cake, so I doubled up so that I could make a double layered cake.

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Ingredients for the cake batter.

  • 2 x cups cake flour.
  • 1 x cup castor sugar.
  • 1 x cup water.
  • 1 x tsp lemon essence.
  • 1 x tbsp. white wine vinegar.
  • 1 x tsp bicarbonate of soda.
  • Ā½ x cup cooking oil.

Ingredients for the meringue icing

  • 4 x egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 x cup castor sugar.
  • Ā½ x tsp vanilla essence.

Ingredients for lemon infused butter cream icing

  • 250g x icing sugar.
  • 125g x room temperature rama margarine.
  • 2 x tsp boiling water.
  • 1 x tsp lemon essence.

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix the cake flour and the bicarbonate of soda.
  • In another bowl, mix the water, lemon essence, white wine vinegar, castor sugar and cooking oil.
  • Whisk till all the castor sugar has been dissolved.
  • Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture.
  • Whisk until well blended and there are no lumps.
  • Pour into a greased 20cm cake pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 25 ā€“ 30 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

To make the meringue icing:image

  • Whisk the egg whites, vanilla essence and salt until they start to get bubbles.
  • Add the sugar, a little at a time and keep whisking till the mixture starts forming soft peaks.
  • To check if the meringue is ready turn the bowl upside down and if it stays in the bowl, then the meringue icing is ready.

To make the butter cream icing, whisk everything in a bowl together till well combined.

To assemble this cake:

  • Place one of the cake layers onto a cake board.
  • Place some butter cream icing in a pipping bag and carefully ice a circle around the edge of the cake.
  • Fill the center of the icing ring with lemon curd.image
  • Place the second layer of cake ontop of the icing.
  • Ice the entire cake with the left over butter cream icing, this will be known as the crumb coat.image
  • Pop into the fridge for an hour.
  • Take the meringue icing and ice the entire cake, using a butter knife create waves in the icing.image
  • Pop into the fridge another hour to set and enjoy

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