Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Cake

It's marvelous enough to have homemade strawberry sponge cake for dessert but when that cake is assembled by a charming couple in one's own kitchen, well, that's just plain heaven. 

Naomi and Sam came over to introduce us to their new family member, Hobbes, their rescued greyhound, and to have a little dinner. We walked the dogs down to our local dog park and watched them enjoy it each in her/his own way. Cora, of course, raced around barking and trying to get the other dogs to run so she could chase them. Hobbes, being a much more reserved and dignified sort of dog, only ran when Sam ran with him. Still, they both had fun and we enjoyed watching them interact with the other pooches in the park.

Back home, before dinner, we sipped champagne from a bottle Naomi and Sam brought to mark the occasion.  After dinner, we settled in to watch Naomi construct a lovely dessert for us. 

She used a recipe for buttermilk sponge cake from the Joy of Cooking, 2006 edition. It's not in my much earlier edition, but I'm sure a little searching on the interwebs will bring one up for you. She had baked the cake in a single pan, so split it with a knife into two layers before slathering the bottom layer with cream that had been whipped with generous lashings of Grand Marnier, covering the cream with fresh, sliced strawberries and topping that with the second layer. More whipped cream and, after I took the picture, a garnish of a few more berries.

When we tasted this beautiful creation, we found there was lime zest in the cake for extra flavor. Even though it looks and tasted decadent, it was light and fresh, just perfect for a summer sweet. Let's hear it for homemade cake!


Blogger namastenancy said...

Three cheers for homemade cake - and lovely friends and family. Hip hip hooray.

Thursday, August 30, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, amen to that! Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, August 31, 2012  

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