welcome baby girl cake

our neighbour’s second daughter arrived two nights ago. to welcome her, i made a lemon cake (adapted from chili und ciabatta).



  • 240 g flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 170 g butter, at room temperature
  • zest of one lemon
  • 115 g cream cheese
  • 215 g sugar
  • 3 eggs, yolk and white separated
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • one pinch of salt


  • 70 g icing sugar
  • lemon juice
  • red food color, white icing pen

sift flour, cream of tartar and salt into a bowl.

cut butter in small pieces, beat until creamy. add lemon zest and cream cheese, continue beating. add sugar by the tablespoon, continue beating. add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

add half of the flour mix into the cream, stir a few times. then add lemon juice, stir. add remaining flour, stir again (do not overwork the dough).

beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. first fold 1/3 of the egg white carefully into the dough, then the remaining 2/3.

bake at 160°C. the original recipe was used for a rectangular form and needed 70 minutes baking time. i made two cakes of 18 and 12 cm diameter, which needed 40 resp. 50 minutes.

in case you’re wondering: the wrapping is made of sandwich paper, two paper plates and a bit of silver ribbon.

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