Lemon Icebox Cake

Lemon Icebox Cake

May 12, 2015

Oh how I wished this cake worked for me, but I really can’t explain what happened. Why did two of my Angel Food Cakes fail? Why did the assembled cake crack in half when I unmolded it, and why didn’t it slice nicely? I’ve made many of Rose’s Angel Food Cakes successfully, but this cake seemed to be wet and sticky instead of light, dry and fluffy. The texture of the Lemon Mousse Filling was beautiful, but the cake didn’t hold together.

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Instructions

ANGEL FOOD CAKE BATTER

  • Each component of this cake seemed to be good. The egg whites were fresh. They whipped perfectly. The sugar was added easily.
The sugar going into the meringue
The sugar going into the meringue
Finished meringue for the cake
Finished meringue for the cake
Vanilla and lemon juice going into the meringue
Vanilla and lemon juice going into the meringue
This meringue looks beautiful
This meringue looks beautiful
  • The flour incorporated well.
The flour going into the meringue
The flour going into the meringue
  • The oven was at the right temperature, and set with heat just from the bottom to give maximum rise. The internal temperature of the cake was at around 190ºF-200ºF before I removed it from the oven and it had great loft.
The Angel Food Cake #1 just out of the oven
The Angel Food Cake #1 just out of the oven
  • Then while hanging upside down, it fell out of the pan and died.
Look at it! It loft completely disappeared. I utterly sunk. Gone.
Look at it! It loft completely disappeared. I utterly sunk. Gone.
  • CAKE #2
Batter filling the pan properly
Batter filling the pan properly
  • Cake #2 came out of the oven like the first one, but it sank and collapsed too (but didn’t fall out of the pan)
Cake #2. I ask you, does this look right?
Cake #2. I ask you, does this look right?

LEMON CURD

  • I put this together without any incident. It tasted really good and was the right consistency.
  • Then I whipped the cream.
Lemon Mousse and Whipped Cream
Lemon Mousse and Whipped Cream
This tasted beautiful
This tasted beautiful

LIGHT ITALIAN MERINGUE

  • Again, looks good.
Adding the Italian Meringue to the Lemon Mousse
Adding the Italian Meringue to the Lemon Mousse

PREPARING THE CAKE

  • I understood that if the cake were fluffy, light and dry, it would have absorbed the moisture of the lemon mousse over the 12 hours in the fridge. The cake would sort of dissolved into the mousse, like a bread pudding. The picture in the book is beautiful and I so wanted mine to come out like that.
  • I wasn’t going to make the cake a 3rd time, so I began to cut and assemble the cake and hoped for the best.
Cutting the cake (if you could call it that)
Cutting the cake (if you could call it that)
Look at the texture of the cake. Again, the texture is all wrong. Too dense for sure. Anyone know what happened?
Look at the texture of the cake. Again, the texture is all wrong. Too dense for sure. Anyone know what happened?
Hoping for the best.
Hoping for the best.
  • So I filled the cake pan with layers of cake, Lemon Mousse and cubes of cake. All the components filled up the 16 cup cake pan. There wasn’t an inch left.
  • When I unmolded it, it cracked in half and the more I sliced it, it just fell apart.
  • I give on the Lemon Icebox Cake. It tasted good though.
Lemon Icebox Cake. The Finer Cookie.
Lemon Icebox Cake. The Finer Cookie.

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