The Beautiful Music of Cakes

Not all cakes are round or rectangular.  Sometimes, they’re square.

(I suppose the whole notion of making cakes from “scratch” is kind of “square” but that would be a different blog post.)

To make a square cake, you can use a rectangular pan and lop off a chunk, or you make it in a square cake pan, like the one I recently purchased at a little kitchen goods store in Freeport.  The green labeling caught my eye.  It was “natural commercial bakeware” and best of all it was “Made in the U.S.A” by some Minnesota Vikings.

Probably what sold me on the cake pan, besides the fact that I did not own one, was the cake picture on the label.  A yellow cake with icing drizzled over it and topped with a paper-thin slice of lemon.  The recipe was on the back of the label.

I studied the recipe for a few days, comparing it to ones in my bedside cake bible, 250 Classic Cake Recipes.  The recipe called for only 2 eggs and consisted of a single layer.  Cakes like that were classified as “Budget Cakes” in the cake bible.  It’s a good thing I’m not announcing these cake salons on Facebook; can you imagine the comments from non-cake baking types when I posted a picture and said it was a budget cake?

It was a firm and moist cake, not crumbly at all.  It was easy to make and I could imagine it being part of a summer citrus trifle or even speared for fondue dipping.  The lemon icing couldn’t have been sunnier, with a wispy promise of spring in its tang.  I’ll make it again, with a few adjustments to make the recipe my own.  But I’m going to call it an “every day cake,” or as Helen called it “Le Gâteau de Citron.”

(I got the Motel Four stamp of approval when I delivered a Lenten-sized portion.)

The Beautiful Music of CakesIt’s a little cake that sings a tart and sweet song.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, really, and yes, that’s probably my finger print on the cake plate for those of you who examine these images closely.

Speaking of music and songs, MPBN’s morning classical music hostess Robin Rilette announced a number of interesting musical performances happening around the local area this week.  Tonight at the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates College in Lewiston, the Dutch Baroque ensemble Musica ad Rhenum will perform an all-Bach concert.

This concert will be a good warm-up for Sunday afternoon’s Bach birthday celebration in Brunswick at St. John’s church.

And next week, the LARK Society will present their wonderfully engaging “What is Chamber Music” class at select locations.  I’m so happy to see this class still being presented; I took it at the turn of the century and it enhanced my love and appreciation of chamber music.

I’m not sure if they’ll be serving “Le Gâteau de Citron” after any of these performances, but the music will be feast enough.

Get out and go!  Tweeting is for birds!

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5 Responses to The Beautiful Music of Cakes

  1. Jim says:

    The cake looks lovely.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase everything from US-based companies, too? I always look for the “Made in the USA” tag before making a purchase. That’s always a challenge.

    I’m very happy my snow scoop and shovels are US-made products and not surprisingly, they’ve held up well, unlike some of the Chinese junk I’ve owned before.

    My chickadees are tweeting up a storm, clamoring for more sunflower seeds in my re-purposed camp coffee pot, also made in the good, ole’ USA. I’ll have to find out where Miss Mary picked it up. It’s by far the most popular feeder I’ve owned.

  2. Jim says:

    Since Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel knocked Tom Edison down off the pole, I needed to find a place to connect to the interwebs. Off to LFalls and JAB’s Internet Cafe and Cake Shop. Thanks for the cake, coffee, and on-ramp to the netz.

    Oh, and my Made-in-Maine re-purposed coffee pot bird feeder is made by QDLoon (Queen and Dave); they also have a border collie named Moxie, so what’s not to like?

    • For whatever reason, Friday afternoons are when everything generally “goes to hell,” isn’t it? Could it be that “everybody’s working for the weekend” and in their exuberance, they push too hard on the gas pedal, or bucket loader gear shifter or press too many keyboard keys and things just go crazy?

      I love your visits and I’m happy to have some patrons for “Le Salon du Gâteau.” (Which literally translates to “the living room of cake.”)

      Don’t you think that sounds better than JAB’s Internet Cafe and Cake Shop? I like it!

  3. Jim says:

    Thanks for the translation, and yes, the French language has an exquisite quality and a melody that English sometimes lacks, especially when we’re talking cake and computers.

    Yes, maybe people are just “pushing too hard,” while “working for the weekend.”

    I’m going to try not to work as hard this weekend, as last, but I do have a few projects I must attend to.

    Enjoy your two days of respite from the 9 to 5 routine, JAB.

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