Monday, May 11, 2009

SMS #6 - Lemon Icebox Cake

This week's SMS recipe was chosen by Jennifer of Keep Passing the Open Windows. I love lemon desserts, however, I don't like things that are too "eggy". It's weird. When it was time to bake this week's dessert, Lemon Icebox Cake, I figured there's only one way to know if it's "eggy" or not; I'd have to make it first. Given that I've never had or made an icebox cake before, it was a challenge I was going to face head on :o)


First, my changes to the recipe:
  • Crust: instead of a vanilla wafer crust, I decided to make a crust using "kruidnoten" which are small gingersnap-like cookies. I got a few bags of these cookies during my last trip to Europe. I had used them in a crust for a lime meringue pie before and that turned out great.
  • Size: the recipe is for a 9" cake but I wanted two smaller cakes instead. So I baked two 6" cakes using 6" round springform pans. This way I could keep one and give one to my friend for Mother's Day.
  • Strawberry sauce: I skipped this part for no other reason than that today was a crazy busy day (my boss challenged me to a Date Cookie Throwdown on Monday using his gramma's recipe - we'll see how that goes!).


This recipe came together very quickly. While the lemon curd mixture was in the double boiler, the egg whites were coming to room temperature and the crust was cooling. Baking the meringue at 425 degrees took only 6 minutes in my oven (probably because the cakes were smaller).


Final thoughts/tips:
  • Hubby liked it and liked my "kruidnoten" crust. He gave it a 8 out of 10, citing the lemon flavor was too strong.
  • I ate a small slice. Considering I like lemon, I didn't find the lemon flavor too strong. However, I did find the cake too "eggy". It reminded me of lemon meringue pie, frozen. I'm also not a big ice cream fan.
  • It was fun to make this cake and if you like lemony desserts, this is definitely worth making.
  • Line the inside of the springform pan with parchment paper. This leaves a clean and smooth edge on the cake.
  • See what other SMS bakers thought about this dessert.
  • A big thanks to Jennifer for choosing this recipe. Lemon icebox cake; another first for me on the SMS baking list :o)

10 comments:

  1. Your meringue topping looks so pretty! At least you had fun making it, even though it doesn't sound like a favorite. You'll have to post about how the Date Cookie Throwdown goes.

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  2. Your cake looks beautiful!

    Good luck on your cookie throwdown!

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  3. I love your piped meringue topping, so pretty!

    Good luck on the throwdown!!

    Katie xox

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  4. Great tips and your topping looks awesome.

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  5. Your cake looks really good. Great job!

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  6. Your cake looks great, I love the meringue piping.

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  7. Your crust sounds yummy!!! Nice looking cake.

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  8. Thank you all so much for stopping by. I had lots of fun making this lemony dessert but it didn't make the "favorites" list.
    Thanks for asking about the Date Cookie throwdown. Check out my throwdown post: http://hanaaskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/05/date-cookie-throwdown.html.

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  9. yum! so tall and tasty!
    the biscuits you used in the recipe here in Italy are called "amaretti".

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  10. Ha, I don't even know what an icebox cake is... I think it's ijstaart? Not a fan of ice cream here either althought I love lemon and lemon icecream is my to go to choice if I "have" to eat icecream.
    Interesting choice for the crust hehe.

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