Thursday, September 10, 2009

BB: Birthday Sheet Cake

The first September challenge for the Barefoot Bloggers was Ina's Birthday Sheet Cake, chosen by Susy of Everyday Gourmet. I made this yesterday afternoon and took half of it to work with me in the evening, where it received rave reviews from everyone who had a piece.

I'm glad I didn't read any reviews prior to making this cake, because the lemon zest in the cake was delicious, adding just the right amount of zing to a potentially bland cake. The frosting was rich and tasty. It was a bit runny, but firmed up nicely when refrigerated.

I also only made half a recipe, using an 11x7 pan. Next time I will use one that is 9x13, which I think is a better fit for half the batter. Either way, you just have to pay attention while it's baking rather than depend on time alone.

If I bake it again, I might also frost it with a lemon icing, since I feel that the chocolate frosting, while delicious, overwhelms the delicate flavor of the cake.

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A Feast for the Eyes said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed the cake. I seriously toyed with making a lemon butter cream, but decided to make my own chocolate butter cream. I agree, though...the chocolate overpowered the lemon zest, which I love.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Looks tasty! I am with you - the more lemon the better!

Madam Chow said...

I love Ina, but I have mixed feelings about her baked goods. Some recipes are a hit, others I'd give mixed reviews to, like you do with this one. I must say, though, that no one has ever stopped eating the treats I thought weren't too good!

Megan said...

Lemon zest in the cake, along with lemon icing sounds like a perfect combination. In fact, I'll have to find that recipe since David's coming home from Italy on Monday, and lemon cake is his favorite.

I love the sprinkles you used!

pinkstripes said...

Yum. This looks delicious and easy. I think this is my fave type of b-day cake.