Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cake and Coffee?

I know this doesn't look like a tablescape. First, let's make the cake to go on the tablescape. Here's the recipe.

Lemon Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbs. cake flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
9 tbs. unsalted butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbs fresh lemon juice
finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Have ingredients at room temperature. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bread pan. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with flat beaters, beat butter and cream cheese on medium until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Increase speed to medium high; add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in vanilla and 2 tbs lemon juice. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, beating each addition until just incorporated. Fold in zest. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. 70-75 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool 15 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk 3 tbs lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Set rack over waxed paper; turn cake out on to rack. Brush warm cake with glaze. Let cool completely. Serves 8-10.
I doubled my recipe so I could have one to eat and one to give for Easter.
Oh, and I made mine in this loaf pan I bought from William Sonoma, but you can bake in a bundt pan or loaf pan.

There! Didn't it turn out nice? I've set my buffet with 2 different patterns of vintage dishes. I've enjoyed using them together many times since they both feature the same delicate pink roses. I found the pink pitcher (marked with Germany on the bottom) at an estate sale and thought it would go well with my dishes. My napkins are embroidered with rose colored flowers in soft green meadows. Can you sit awhile and enjoy some lemon pound cake and coffee with me? Then stroll over to Susan's at betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com for the other tablescapes.


once in a blue moon... said...

looks delish and such a pretty little setting~

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I love that loaf pan, so cute. You did a great job.
Have a lovely Easter.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh I just love that cake pan. I gotta check out WS. (note to self!) Your tablescape did indeed turn out lovely! The cake looks dee-liscous! Thanks for sharing,Barb

Chrsiti@A Southern Life said...

Sounds like a yummy cake. Happy and blessed Easter to you!

Sue said...

Happy Easter....and nothing says Friendship more then a table set with coffee and cake...thanks for the recipe...Happy Easter..Sue.

Martha said...

Of course, I can join you for cake and coffee -- what a pretty setting! Love the dishes, and yes, that pitcher is perfect. Don't you just love estate sale finds?

Kathleen Ellis said...

Mmmmm, lemon poundcake, how refreshing! Thnaks you for the bite of nourishment!
Happy Easter!

Janie's World said...

MMM, the lemon pound cake not only looks good, but must taste delicious. Your buffet looks great! Pretty sweet dishes.

Candy said...

That's for the wonderful cake and coffee. Like the color of the green platter in the first pic and the napkin. I enlarged that pic to see all the detail.
Easter Blessings, Candy

ann said...

nice,very nice.i too adore the cake pan...ann

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Love the vintage dishes & the cake looks so yummy!!! Great job!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love that cake pan - Lemon Pound cake - yes! I'll have a slice...or two!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I am envious of your cake pan!! Very cool. And I love your sweet table setting. It's just lovely!

Mama said...

Marsha I love your pretty pink and white tea/coffee set and that georgous pink pitcher and those napkins are so pretty, the pound cake looks delicious too, Happy Easter, Kathy.

Linda/"Mom" said...

*Things like your unusual & delightful cake pan just make things SOOOO interesting & charming! Many thanks, and blessings this Easter holiday! Linda *