Lemon Top Cake is Magic
Recipe for the cake follows the story.
“Daddy, can I make dessert tonight? The other day Ethel taught me how to make a lemon top cake. It’s magic. Watch and see. I know you’ll love it. Can I? Huh?” With each subsequent question, Sallee bounced a little higher. “ I promise I won’t make a mess. Like Gordy does.” With a quick side eye in her her brother’s direction. “Please?
“Okay, okay. What do we need to get?” Joe asked as he pushed the grocery cart more full than he thought it should be. Counter to her nature, Helen stood on the front rail of the vehicle hanging on for dear life. If Gordy and Sallee vied so heavily for the privilege, it must be fun. Joe looked at the too full cart and then Helen and asked, “You haven’t been putting things when I wasn’t looking, have you?”
She shook her head. As she was about to say that Gordy had, her brother caught her eye with a finger to his lips. Then, as he started to inspect the contents of the cart, Sallee skipped from around the corner and dumped sugar, butter, lemons and eggs into the cart. With a sigh, Joe headed to the checkout as Sallee repeated several more times that it was magic. As they stood in line waiting for the one cashier to check out six customers, Sallee pulled out her recipe and scanned it to make sure she had everything she needed.
Sallee repeated several more times that this cake was total magic. “It’s not the only thing around here that’s magic,” Joe glanced down at the mound of groceries before he gave up and headed to the checkout. As they stood in line waiting for the one cashier to check out six customers, Sallee pulled out her recipe and scanned it to make sure she had everything she needed.
“Do you have a Pyrex baking dish, Daddy?” “I don’t think so, Joe responded.” His daughter looked crestfallen. “Go get one. They are down that aisle on the right-hand side. I just saw them. Hurry!”
She put her hands in the air to check which thumb made an “L” then raced off to fetch the dish. Boy, I hope he has a mixer. I don’t want to beat egg whites by hand. Spying a mixer next to the baking dishes, she snatched it up since she wasn’t sure. She sensed that her father was running short on patience and didn’t want to run back if the answer was no.
“Do you have one of these? She held up the box. “Nope, but I do now.”
Lemon Top Cake
Preheat oven to 375°
3 T. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 T. soft butter
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 C. milk
1/3 C. lemon juice
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Beat flour, sugar, and butter together in a bowl. Add egg yolks, milk, and lemon juice, and mix well. Fold in egg whites. Pour into an 8-inch Pyrex baking dish. Place in a large pan of hot water. Bake 40 minutes.