We are celebrating the 200th
anniversary of the author
January 28, 1813
I baked a special cake
just for our tea time:
English Regency Lemon-Raspberry Cake
This recipe came from the February 1995 issue of Victoria Magazine. Changes: instead of the raspberry filling, I used Stonewall's Seedless Raspberry Jam and instead of making lemon curd, I used Irish Chivers Lemon Curd. (I also changed the name for the sake of Jane Austen)
Preheat oven to 350 degreesCake: You will need 3 cups sifted cake flour, 4 Tsp baking powder, 3/4 Tsp salt, 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2 Tsp vanilla, 3/4 Cup unsalted soft butter, 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
Lemon Cream Frosting: 1 cup unsalted soft butter, 4 cups confectioners sugar and 3 Tbs lemon juice (I only used cups cups confectioners sugar but if I made this again - I would use a cream cheese based frosting as this is very sweet)
To make the cake: Butter and flour 3 round cake pans and also line bottoms with waxed paper and also butter and flour the wax paper.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt - set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter til light and creamy. Gradually beat in 1 2/3 cups sugar, beating til light Add flour mix alternately with milk mixture beating until smooth for 1 minute. Divide batter between 3 pans.
Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes....
check with toothpick and cool 10 minutes.
Peel wax paper off 1st layer and place on cake platter - spread lemon curd on top. Next layer: place raspberry jam on top and then 3rd layer on top and then ice entire cake with Lemon Cream Frosting reserving 1 cup of icing for decorative effects using a pastry tube. This cake needs to be refrigerated.
"The garden is quite a love....I live in (the) room downstairs, it is particularly pleasant, from opening upon the garden. I go & refresh myself every now & then, and come back to Solitary Coolness. " Letter to Cassandra, 23 August 1814
There are many wonderful books available with ideas for a
Jane Austen tea party or dinner.
This would be perfect for Valentines Day.