Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jane Austen's Lemon Cake revisted

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I was getting ready to post one of our favorite lemon cakes when I decided to check to see if I'd posted it before.... YEP. So, I'll just paste it here. It's a fun peek at two years ago, anyway! 

From 2014:
So, I have a fun little recipe to share, but first... I got my husband a Ninja Prep Master for Father's Day. That's not as weird as it sounds. Or maybe it is. But he got me a blender for my birthday when we were dating so I say turnabout is fair play!
 It was neat to hear all the recipes on Julie's Confessions of a Half-hearted Juicer and Jan's Trim Healthy Mama smoothie recipes. With all these excellent fruit/veggie ideas, I was primed to buy this as soon as I saw it in Walmart...
OK, they wouldn't sell it if it wasn't good, right?? At least, that was my theory.
 Looks a little weird. Sort of like chicken pot pie before the crust and without any chicken.
 Ahhhhh, okay. Looks like slimy mulch. But it's not slimy and it's like a green slushy. Husband declared it delicious. Score!
 I also bought this bag because it looked good. Definitely can't go wrong here.
 Mr. Ninja doesn't even blink at this kind of job. SUPER blender!
 And the result? I added some Greek yogurt and it looks a bit like chunky ice cream.
 Sooooo good. I made this in the 48 ounce pitcher and between all the kids, it was almost gone! This is a much better set up than the old blender.
 I don't like to sip anything cold unless I have a straw (hurt my teeth) so I decided to blend blueberries, two bananas and some yogurt. Ummmm... Looked and smelled good. VERY SLIMY. I think it was blending the bananas.
 So, I mixed a bit of the fruit slushy into mine and it was just right!
Now, just as we were being so healthy, something came in the mail. Someone (who just might be named TINA) knows that I have a soft spot for Miss Jane Austen.
She'd seen a book called 'So Jane' by Hollie Keith and thought I might want to try the Lemon Drizzle Cake. Well, of COURSE!
 I was up to my eyeballs in tasks that day, so my dear 12 year old decided to try her hand at making the cake.
Since she'd already made rhubarb pie and some other deliciousness, I thought it would be fine to let her try the Austen cake. And from then on, I knew nothing until it came out of the oven. I didn't even know she took pictures! Pretty soon, I'll just turn over the blog posts to her. You'll never even know I'm gone...
So, ingredients are thus:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice

 Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a loaf pan and set it aside. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
 Combine the butter and sugar, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well.
 Hm. This pictures gives me pause. But the finished product was good, so I won't worry about it now.
 Add dry ingredients alternately with lemon juice to the butter/egg/sugar mix.
 Mix until smooth.
 Aha, this must be the glaze.
 As we brought the cake out of the oven, we all exclaimed about how it looked so much like the art from one of our favorite fantasy series, Here There Be Dragons.
James Artemis Owen is an incredible human being, along with being a stellar artist and writer. When I ordered a set of his books, he'd signed and drawn in each one. My kids were thrilled to pieces!
By the way, James took our lemon cake comparison very graciously and didn't point out the fact that it looks hardly anything like his noble dragons. That's the kind of guy he is. :)
 After the cake had come out of the oven (around 50 minutes later) we let it cool for 15 minutes, then turned it out onto a plate. Then the drizzling happened. YUM. I decided to chop it into little pieces and put it under a cute cake dome I found at our local thrift store. I'm pretty sure these two pieces don't actually go together, but they looked pretty good with lemon cake inside.
 I do believe Jane would be pleased...
 These are the vintage milk glass that my friend Christalee sent me for my birthday. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.
 Another reason I love milk glass... It glows in the light. Fabulous!
So, that's the tale of the Jane Austen lemon cake that arrived in my mailbox. It was perfectly delicious and lasted approximately 10 seconds.
 I have another project or two coming up and I'll post a few pictures here. I found this old coffee table for a few dollars at a yard sale. I really wanted a coffee table but HATE sharp edges. We always have had little babies around, and so for the longest time I didn't even have a coffee table since I couldn't find one with rounded edges. Ta-dah! But it's all banged up.


It's a light cream color and I really, really want to stencil some Jane Austen quotes in pale gray around the edges. I know, sounds weird. But I've seen something on Pinterest and it's calling to me! I'll let you know if it's a total fail... Here are some images of stenciled tables and I think they're just adorable!
  I also got this old dresser a few weeks ago and it's been raining too much to work on it. It's pretty beat up, but I have high hopes!
Projects, projects! And just a few more photos... the very best of all. 
 Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs is coming out in a few weeks and I got my author copies! Hooray!! Now I'm  busy throwing them at anyone who stands still long enough...
AND the uncorrected proofs of the last of the trilogy, Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Carcklin' Cornbread!  It will be out in November and it was such a thrill to hold this book in my hands. I had a wonderful editor (Beth Adams) and assistant editor (Katie Sandell) who helped make this book something special! 
Ok, so THAT, my friends, is life as we know it here at the Munoz household. I hope your summer is just as full of sweetness, projects, and excitement!

OK, back to 2016 and I have to say, as many times as we've made this lemon cake, it has NEVER FAILED US. 
The kitties are doing well and wish you all a very happy weekend!!


  1. I wish I had a 12 year old to bake me some lemon cake right now. It would go well with the copious amounts of lemon honey tea I am drinking for this coughtthatwillneverdie.

    I'm a huge smoothie fan, but I've never tried one of those mixes. I usually mix my own combinations. Yours look yummy. Glad hubby approved.

  2. She's fifteen now! And I'm so sorry about the cough. I had one of those around March-August. It would NOT go away. Eventually I started to figure it was jut the damage to my poor throat, rather than an actual cold. It just took forever for my body to heal!

  3. The cake looks yummy! I never made it, so I'm glad you shared again!

    I had to smile. I remember being so happy when the kids got old enough that we could go to the basement and get the coffee table to put it back in the family room. :) Our had corners and was a hazard.

    1. Isn't it funny? The things we give up as parents... like a good coffee table!