White Chocolate and Lemon Anniversary Cake

Posted on by on June 13th, 2011 | 48 Comments »

On June 11, 2010 my husband and I ran off to Jamaica to say our ‘I do’s’ on the beach during sunset. It was perfect. Soon after our beach side nuptials, we picked up and moved to Israel to begin our lives together and it has been a whirlwind year  filled with laughter, happiness, new experiences and adventures. I could not be happier.

Usually people eat the top tier of their wedding cake on their one year anniversary, but, we eloped. And eloping means no wedding cake. Boo. Looking through the epicurious app for my iPad I boastfully went to the category ‘I cook like a pro’ and found a wedding cake. It had lemon and white chocolate and cream cheese in the frosting. Perfect. I stroked my ego and bookmarked it thinking this is wonderful. We will just have a wedding cake on our anniversary and I’ll make it. And, I did. It took 3 days. Let’s just say, I probably will not be going into the wedding cake business.

If you’re going to make a wedding cake you have to decorate it right? Flowers of some sort. I went to the only bake shop in Be’er Sheva and bought what I thought to be fondant. Wrong. Im not sure what it is that I bought, it was white, very sticky and tasted almost like marshmallow. It wasn’t the greatest material to work with. Especially for my first time. All by hand with no proper tools. In 100F heat. About 100 flowers in I started to ask myself what was I  thinking?

Each component of the cake came out perfect. Lemon curd, amazing, white chocolate lemon mousse, outstanding, white chocolate cream cheese frosting, unreal. Even my little flowers looked oh so pretty. Then came time to put it all together. My ambition got the best of me and I went for a two tier cake. It was all working out so well. Then the Be’er Sheva elements took over. As I iced the cake, everything started to melt! I mean who is making a cake like this in June in the hottest place on earth? I couldn’t turn back now. I finished quickly and put it in the fridge hoping it would just stop melting. It did, sorta. So the cake may not look perfect (my husband said it looked like a hat) but it tasted absolutely amazing.

 

Ingredients

For Lemon Curd

3 cups sugar
4.5 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups fresh lemon juice
18 egg yolks
3 sticks of butter

For Lemon White Chocolate Mousse

2 cups lemon curd (above)
8 ounces white chocolate
1 cup whipping cream

For Frosting

4 ounces white chocolate
1.5-8 ounce packages cream cheese
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream

For Cake

5.5 cups flour
5.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons vanilla
1.5 sticks butter
3.5 cups sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Directions

For Lemon Curd (make one day ahead)

Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan to blend.
Gradually whisk in lemon juice then egg yolks.
Add butter and cook over medium heat whisking constantly until curd thickens and starts to boil.
Transfer curd to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

For Lemon White Chocolate Mousse

Place white chocolate in tip of double boiler and set over simmering water.
Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth and remove from heat.
In a large bowl beat whipping cream until firm peaks form and fold in white chocolate.
Fold mousse mixture into 2 cups of the lemon curd (above).
Cover and refrigerate for at least one day.

For Frosting

Place white chocolate in top of double broiler and set over simmering water.
Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth and remove from heat.
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixture until fluffy.
Beat in 2 cups of sugar and then melted chocolate.
In a separate bowl beat cream and remaining sugar until firm peaks form.
Fold cream mixture into cream cheese mixture in batches.
Cover and refrigerate.

For Cake

Butter 2 spring form cake pans (one larger then the other).
Preheat oven to 350F.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
In a small bowl combine buttermilk and vanilla.
In a large bowl beat butter using an electric mixer until fluffly.
Gradually beat in 3 cups sugar and oil.
In batches, beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture.
In a separate bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar.
Gradually add remaining sugar and beat until white fall from beaters in a tick puffy ribbon.
Fold whites into batter in batches.
Transfer batter to cake pans.
Bake each cake one at a time for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

To assemble

When the larger cake is fully cooled, cut in 3 equal horizontal layers.
Over bottom layer spread some of the lemon white chocolate mousse and top with spoonfuls of of lemon curd.
Place next layer of cake on top of filling and top in the same way.
Place top layer on cake and press down.
Ice cake around the edges, not top and refrigerate.
Follow the same directions for the smaller cake as the large one.
Take a small cardboard round (same size as the smaller cake) and place in the center of the larger cake.
Place small cake on top of cardboard round.
Finish icing and decorate.


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48 Comments

  1. Emanuel
    Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Beautiful and delicious. Happy anniversary love :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      :)

  2. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Beth! This looks absolutely outstanding. I cannot get over how beautiful all those flowers look! I am soooo impressed. And it sound delicious to boot! Happy anniversary!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thanks Katherine!! The flowers took forever. Started out fun, but towards the end I was ready to be done with it!

  3. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Happy Anniversary, we are only a day apart:-) What a great idea to make your own cake to celebrate. It is gorgeous and so are your wedding photos!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thanks Lauren and Happy Anniversary to you too (Its a good weekend for weddings :) )

  4. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Well, I think that your cake were simply perfect! It tasted good, it was beautiful (even if it wasn’t made by a confectioner) and it was made with your heart… I think that nobody couldn’t beat that!
    You marriage must have been wonderful: romantic and private, like I always wanted to! And … on a beach! You have me!

    BTW… the cake really looks fabulous! :-)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thanks Giulietta! The wedding was simply perfect, its hard to believe it was already a year ago!

  5. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! the cake looks divine! great job!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thank you so much Bianca!

  6. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Oh, I think I”d pick this out for my wedding cake, too! So gorgeous…and delicious, too! Happy Anniversary!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thanks Liz! The flavors are perfect for a wedding cake :)

  7. David
    Posted on: 6-13-2011

    I would like to make a request for this cake as well to commemorate the anniversary of my birth. I’d also settle for an Entamin’s Crumb Cake. Either or.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      David, noted. I will see what I can do. I do have some extra frosting left over :)

  8. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Happy anniversary Beth, your cake look amazing..flowers are outstanding and beautiful!!! And what a beautiful pictures on the beach..I love whole post!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-13-2011

      Thank you Sandra! The flowers took forever but I am happy with the outcome.

  9. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    How very romantic! Our wedding anniversary is coming up soon and I am very inspired to make something. Your cake is beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Stephanie! Happy almost anniversary to you!!

  10. Posted on: 6-13-2011

    Beth, happy anniversary! When I first saw this cake from a glance, I didn’t think you made it. Not that you don’t have skills or anything but I didn’t think it’s all handmade!!!!!! You are just amazing. Your husband is lucky to have you and I’m sure you feel blessed to have him as a husband. :-) Thank you for sharing your wedding pictures. You two are so happily in love and made me really happy (don’t make me start it, I love wedding). I will not be able to make this but I am happy looking at this beautiful, gorgeous, and pretty cake. I’m sure inside is yummy too, but outside of the cake took the spot today. ;-) Happy Anniversary!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Oh Nami!! Thank you so much for your sweet words! If I could make this you would be able to also, just takes a lot of time!!

  11. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Congratulations. I could not help myself and had to leave a comment here after seeing this gorgeous cake.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thank you so much Jo!

  12. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Happy Anniversary! I just made a Lemon and White Chocolate cake and it turned out fabulously! Yours is so much prettier though :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Lauren! The lemon and white chocolate combo is so great!

  13. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    What a BEAUTIFUL cake!! That beats freezer-burnt wedding cake any day :) Happy anniversary!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Taylor, I agree much better then freezer wedding cake any day!

  14. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary! My 2nd anniversary is June 20th, so I still consider myself a ‘newlywed’ as well. :) I am so impressed by your cake decorating abilities…it is just too pretty!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thank Lindsay!! Happy almost anniversary to you too! It’s great after 2 years you still feel like a newlywed. Wonderful!

  15. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    OHHHHHH this is soooo beautiful!!! I’d say you could indeed get into the wedding cake business!!! Why not??? This cake look amazing! Those flowers are the prettiest flowers I have seen on a cake! It looks so delicate and the flavors sound delicious! Happy 1st anniversary guys! I am going for the 9th year here! OMG I feel soooo old… but I did get married young, sort of…. hahahahahaha! <3

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thank you Manu!! I think going into the wedding cake biz is too much!! This cake was enough for me! 9 years, so amazing.

  16. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Oh my gosh I am AMAZED at this cake! Ummm…this is totally what I want for my future wedding cake. Unless I elope. In which case I want this for my future 1st year anniversary cake.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Joanne. Eloping is great :) and wedding cake a year later is perfect,

  17. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Oh my! What a lovely cake!!! I was almost going to scream out aloud with surprise. Loved the chemistry between you two, God bless you!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Purabi you’re so sweet!!

  18. Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Hi Beth! Happy anniversary!!!
    Your cake looks so pretty. I really love it.
    I’m going to make my sister bithday cake and because I love yours I would like to make it, but simpler :)
    Do you think I can frost the cake with the Lemon White Chocolate Mousse too?
    Regards from Portugal…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks Sandra! I think you can defiantly make this cake easier. I don’t think the lemon white chocolate mousse would work as a frosting. What I would do is make one cake with only one layer and fill it with just the lemon curd and forget the mousse, then I would frost it with the frosting, it would be amazing!

  19. mom
    Posted on: 6-14-2011

    Can’t believe it’s a whole year already! Cake is beautiful as expected…You rock! Wish I was there to taste it.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-14-2011

      Thanks mom! It was so good, wish you were here to try it too!

  20. Posted on: 6-15-2011

    Happy anniversary! The cake is GORGEOUS!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2011

      Thanks Tiffany!!

  21. Naomi
    Posted on: 6-15-2011

    Beth,
    Amazing job! You are so talented and creative and we’re so happy for you guys and wish you continued happiness.:)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Thank you so much Naomi! We miss you guys!!

  22. Posted on: 6-16-2011

    I hope you had a lovely anniversary. Beautiful pictures and a fabulous cake. Love the little flowers.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Thank you Briarrose! We did have a wonderful anniversary!

  23. Posted on: 6-16-2011

    This is a beautiful cake. Those flowers had to take a lot of time and they turned out great. Wishing many more Happy years for you and your husband.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2011

      Thank you Sandra! Yes the flowers took SO long, but in the end it was all worth it.

  24. Posted on: 6-18-2011

    That’s fabulous! A wonder!! It’s a loong work, but it’s worth it!

  25. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    Wow… what a gorgeous cake! I bet it took 3 days for you to do this!! But I think it was worth it right? ;) And I’m a bit late… but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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