Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lemon/Cherry Canada Day Cake


If you read my Canada Day Post you know I made a few desserts.  Today I’m highlighting the cake.  It consisted of layers of vanilla sponge that had been moistened in lemon and cherry simple syrups.  I made two 8” round cakes and I coloured one using Americolor Super Red.  I mean it’s for Canada day so shouldn’t the cake be red and white?????


I used my standard vanilla sponge.


For Two 8x 2-inch cakes (40-50mins)

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbls plus 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla/lemon
  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt set aside.
  2. Measure egg whites and add milt and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add vanilla.
  4. Alternate milk and flour into the creamed butter.
  5. When mix, divide into two.  Colour one with 1/2 tsp red gel food colouring.  Pour into 8” pans.
  6. Bake at 350 for 40-50minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely.

The simple syrups are quite easy and keep in the fridge for a while.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon or cherry juice
  1. Whisk until combined and heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved

Even out each cake and then divide into two layers each.  Brush the simple syrups on to their respective layers.  Cherry on red, lemon on white!


The layers are separated by lemon buttercream and it’s crumb coated in the buttercream as well.  I covered the cake in homemade fondant and decorated with different sized maple leaves.  Abby and Rowan helped me with the border.  I rolled out the red and then used the open end of a piping tip and cut out circles of red fondant.  They rolled them into little balls and placed them around the cake.  Team work was greatly appreciated!


It’s a simple cake but the syrups really pack a nice punch!

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  1. Gorgeous Cake! I am adding your creation to my Pinterest board. :) crafty texas girls

  2. Really a pretty cake! I bet the syrups did really add to it. Rowan and Abby are great little fondant rollers by the way.

  3. That is so pretty and sounds delicious!

  4. What a beautiful cake! Very Creative and I love the layers.

  5. That cake is gorgeous!!! I love it and wish I could have a slice right now. Happy Canada Day! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  6. Your cake is beautiful, great job!! New follower from weekend roundup hop, have a great week!

  7. Great cake. The colors are stunning!

  8. You have done a FANTASTIC job with this cake. I have a couple of docs in my practice that are from Canada that I just showed this too and said...LOOK here is cake for YOU without the calories! HA!

  9. Hello Karen! Happy Canada day to you! What an absolutely spectacular cake! I have relatives in both Ottowa and Vancouver and I know they would all love a piece of that cake! I am now following you on twitter and placed your name on our hearth and soul hop daily list so look for updates in your tweet feed. Thanks so much for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop. All the best, Alex

  10. Your cake is beautiful and so festive! Thanks so much for sharing it at Muffin Monday!

  11. This is a beautiful cake and it looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing it with Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits

  12. This is so cute! I'd love for you to join my linky party. It's called A Themed Baker's Sunday and usually we have a theme, but this week I wanted to see what others made for the 4th!! But, since you are obviously Canadian, I'd love for you to show your pride for your country as well!

  13. Congrats! You were featured on my blog as one of the top 6 of my linky party! Be sure to come back this next linky party that starts today, where the theme is CARAMEL! Link up any and every recipe involving Caramel! Hope to see you there!

  14. That is such a beautiful cake - and it's so nice your kids were able to help you! What a lovely family project. I love the coloured layers in this cake and it sounds so yummy. Perfect for a Canada Day celebration! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  15. Nice job this looks great and yummy.

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