Extraordinary Cakes: Lemon Praline Torte

While I love cooking savory food, my passion really is baking.  Through the years, without even striving for it, I have become the “baker” of the family.  We need a birthday cake? Call Monica.  A fancy dessert needed? Call Monica.

Yes, sweet nothings are my thing. (Psst.. check the blog tittle)

But, even thought I felt comfortable baking, I knew I was not a GREAT baker.  There were tons of things out there in the baking worlds that were so unknown to me – pies, anything with yeast, techniques, certain flavor combinations – I was never gutsy enough to try them. I had gotten comfortable in my regular dessert repertoire.

Until I started this blog and saw what was out there – possibilities.  And the baking guru inside of me woke up and tapped me in the shoulder and told me “Dude, you need to feed me more baking challenges”.

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HCB: Lemon Meringue Cake


“With this cake I thee wed.”

 Apparently all I needed to do for Tom to propose to me was to make this cake. 

This week’s Heavenly Cake Baker choice was the Lemon Meringue Cake.  Think lemon Meringue pie in form of a cake and you pretty much will have the idea of how this cake will end up tasting. My hat off to Rose for turning a popular pie to an AMA-Zing cake.

After a couple of weeks of chocolate overdrive, we were all waiting for this cake.  But, nobody was waiting for this cake more than Tom was.  Since he tasted the Baby Lemon Cheesecake, he is now on “red” alert every time something has the code world “lemon” in it.  So, when he saw my baking calendar (yes I do have one posted) and read what choice cake we had this week, he started the lemon cake shakedown:

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