So the title recipe of this book is Lemon Meringue Pie, something I was planning on making. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do that recipe or any other from Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, so instead I decided to use this delicious recipe.
Thoughts Before Baking:
This recipe comes from a 1971 Betty Crocker cookbook. One year my sister and I made dinner and dessert for my mother’s birthday, and when I asked what cake she wanted, she said this one.
The picture looked great, and as I love lemon cake too, I thought this would be a winner.
- Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1 Can (6 oz) Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, Thawed
- 4 Egg Yolks, slightly Beaten
- 4 Egg Whites
- 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Peel
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
- Bake the lemon cake according to package directions.
- Split the batter to make three layers.
- In a medium saucepan mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
- Add enough water to the lemonade concentrate to measure 2 cups.
- Gradually stir the lemonade into the sugar mixture.
- Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
- Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Stir the remaining half into the hot mixture in saucepan.
- Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
- Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat; and cool completely.
- Reserve about 1/4 cup of the lemon filling, setting it aside.
- Use the rest of the lemon filling to fill the layers.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Beat the 4 egg whites until foamy.
- Beat in 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time as you continue to beat until stiff and glossy. Do not under beat
- Fold in 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Frost the sides and top of cake with the meringue.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
- Thin reserved filling with hot water, and spoon over cake allowing some to drizzle down the side.
Thoughts After Baking:
This recipe is long, complicated, hot, and quite a lot of work. But you know what? It is all worth it. This cake is so delicious, once a piece passes your lips you will forget how tired you are. And how many dishes you need to wash.
For more cakes, go to Strawberry Shortcake
For more desserts, go to Pumpkin Rice Krispies
For more recipes, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites