Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Cake For Company

Sunday, we had company coming by in the afternoon -- for just a short visit. But no one can come to Linderhof and not be offered something to eat. What better treat on a Sunday afternoon than cake and tea!

Dorie Greenspan's French Yogurt Cake (with Ina Garten's glaze) and raspberry sauce to pour over. Since it was two hes and two shes, the cups and saucers are for the ladies. Mugs will suit the gentlemen better!

Before the company arrived, I gathered everything together on the marble topped island --

And, of course, it is a mix of my blue and white -- a French blue and white sandwich tray that is perfect for loaf cakes or breads, a late 1800s blue and white gravy boat is perfect for sweet sauces as well as gravies, and my Spode Blue Room plates and cups and saucers (and mugs for the gentlemen). Cloth napkins, of course, for there is hardly any other kind at Linderhof!

Company always gives me a chance to try something new and I've been wanting to make this cake. It won't be the last time for it's a great cake and I can imagine it baked in a round, split and filled with lemon curd and dusted with powdered sugar, made with orange zest instead of lemon and orange marmalade used to glaze the top. It's a "little black dress" sort of cake!

There was a whole half left . . . which will be perfect for noshes for afternoon tea this week. Alas, the raspberry sauce is gone, however . . . but the cake is a perfect tea cake!


1 1/2 cups flour (Dorie says you can use 1/2 cup ground almonds if you'd prefer)
2 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 large eggs
1/4 t. vanilla
1/2 cup canola or safflower oil

1/2 c. lemon marmalade, strained
1 t. water

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350. Generously butter an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan and place the pan on a baking sheet.

Whisk together the flour (ground almonds if you're using them), baking powder and salt.

Put the sugar and zest in a medium bowl and with your fingertips, rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar is moist and aromatic. Add the yogurt, eggs and vanilla, whisking vigorously until the mixture is very well blended. Still whisking, add the dry ingredients, then switch to a large rubber spatula and fold in the oil. You'll have a thick, smooth batter with a slight sheen. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the cake begins to come away from the sides of the pan, it should be golden brown and a thin knife inserted into the center will come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes, then run a blunt knife between the cake and sides of the pan. Unmold and cool to room temperature right side up on the rack.

Put the marmalade in a small saucepan, stir in the teaspoon of the water and heat until the jelly is hot and liquefied. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the cake with the glaze.


Cook 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

Carefully place the cake on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 T. lemon juice and pour over the cake.

It's Tuesday, which means that's it's Tea Tuesday so please visit these ladies to see "All Things Tea" this Tuesday!!!

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I so love your beautiful blue and white pieces, they are just gorgeous and your cake looks wonderful. You always set the most wonderful teascapes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha, This cake looks a bit like my MoMa, Carmen's lemon cake. Her's was a lighter texture, less ingredients, and baked in a 13 X 9 pan. I am so envious of those who were able to have the raspberry sauce with their cake. YuM! One of my favorites. . .raspberries, more so than strawberries!Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

Anonymous said...

Looks so good, Martha. I was just thinking today, I should use some of my blue and white. Your photos are beautiful.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks yummy! Your setting is so simple but so beautiful, I would love it if I went to visit someone and that setting ready to serve me!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your blue and white china is lovely and the cake looks yummy. It's always nice to serve something sweet when company comes by.

acorn hollow said...

I wrote it down can't wait to try it. Your blue dishes are lovely.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I love your blue & white teacups! they always captured the classic beauty and to use them for tea time just lovely! and the cake just yum!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I always love seeing your blue and white pretty. And the cake looks out of this world. I would love to try it {copied the recipe}. Thanks so much for sharing and I am sure you and your company has a great time!


Donnie said...

Everything looked lovely for your company. I'm sure they appreciated that delicious cake along with their beverage.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
Your tea is lovely and the blue and white china is so very pretty. Thank you for joining me for tea and helping me celebrate TTT's anniversary.


The Charm of Home said...

This cake sounds heavenly. You always have some of the best recipes. I will have to try this cake and I love Ina's recipes. I am sure the glaze is perfect. Your Spode is so pretty too. I love blue and white.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yum! Your cake looks and sounds wonderful! I know your guest were thrilled to be treated to royally! I always love seeing your blue and white dishes.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rose H (UK) said...

Your table settings and goodies always look fabulous, you know how I love blue and white. I hope your friends realise just how lucky they are ;o)

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a perfect treat for afternoon visitors. It looks delicious. Have a great day, Martha. Blessings...Mary

Lynn said...

Oh that cake looks so good and the raspberry sauce.....I will have a piece please. Very pretty teascape. Bet your guests were charmed. Have a beautiful week.

From the Kitchen said...

My friend just left for a month in Florida. She left her beautiful orchid and Dorie Greenspan's new book in my care! I have a feeling I'm going to need to purchase the book!

Your cake looks delicious! My favorite combination.


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That cake looks perfect to me! I like your idea of adding the lemon-y glaze too.

Anonymous said...

Martha the setting looks so pretty with those gorgeous blue dishes and oh so pretty silverware!! I love lemon and brought back a box of lemons when we were in Phoenix so I will have to try this yummy sounding recipe!!

bee blessed

Wanda Lee said...

Hi there Martha,

I'm delighted that you joined us once again with the fun for TTTT as well as for the 67th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'; our little corner of, 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!..,

I just love your blue and white tea table vignette on your lovely marble topped island!.., And oh the cake! ~ What a fabulous recipe to try for my next tea party!

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with all of us!..,Have a wonderful week!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
and also

P. S. ~ Sorry I was so late this week in posting due to technical difficulties, (especially with my, 'The Plumed Pen' blog).

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
that looks all fabulous. The cake and the china and everything.
I am sure your guests felt very special.
Greetings, Johanna

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

That cake sounds delicious and I look forward to making it soon! I love blue and white and always enjoy seeing your settings.

paperbutterfly said...

What a perfect afternoon you must of had with 'he and she'. I am so happy you shared the blue and white vignette and the recipe. Does sound like a must try.
As always it was a pleasure. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Have a blessed week.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I just wanted to let you know that I did make this lovely cake while we were snowed in this week. My husband proclaimed that it was one of the best things I've ever made! It was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Lady Katherine said...

I love all your blue dishes! The sandwich tray, adore, love you used the gravy boat for the sauce. Love you gave the recipe for this wonderful cake! Thank you for joining me as always for Tea Time. I enjoy your Teas so much!