Every hobby (or professional) baker remembers their first creation and the sense of accomplishment that accompanied their final product. Food Network star Kardea Brown is no different.
Her very first cake was a recipe from her aunt and it is as tasty and effervescent as her name, Lemon-Lime Soda Cake.
‘Delicious Miss Brown’ star says this cake was the first she had ever made as a young cook
The inspiration behind this cake, Brown says in the Food Network video (below) for this recipe, is her Aunt TC.
“Aunt TC is the talk of the town, okay?” she began. “And she makes some of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted in my life. That’s why it was the very first cake I ever learned to bake. I was 18, I called her, ‘Aunt TC, I want to learn how to make this cake.’ So she gave me the recipe.
Brown recalled that her first time making this sweet cake “was like cornbread instead of cake.” Fast forward to about a decade later, “I’ve perfected the cake and I think I even do it better than Aunt TC.”
His Lemon-Lime Soda Cake is prepared quickly
For Brown’s cakehave room temperature unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, large eggs, lemon extract, and lemon-lime soda on hand.
For the cake icingicing sugar, milk, more lemon-lime soda, vanilla extract and lemon extract are needed.
You’ll also need a “heavily greased” 10-12 cup fluted Bundt pan and an electric mixer.
The butter and sugar are creamed together, followed by the eggs (“I’ll add them on the side, it’ll incorporate better when you do that”). Lemon extract is added, along with lemon-lime soda: “Lemon-lime soda acts as a leavening agent, so not only does it make it sweet; it helps the cake rise,” she explained.
Brown now adds the flour, “a little at a time,” and reminds home cooks to be sure to work it in and remove all traces of raw flour. Now the batter is poured into the Bundt pan: “You want to make sure [the batter] is nice and smooth, because if you don’t make sure it’s smooth, you’re going to have a crooked cake.
Bake at 325 degrees F for about an hour and 15 minutes. The glaze is prepared and poured over the cake, after making small holes in it with a skewer. Once the cake is removed from the pan, more frosting is spooned over it.
Get the full recipe, video and reviews on the Food Network website.
Critics gobbled up Kardea Brown’s bubbly cake
Along with its fun name, Brown’s cake is also clearly a lot of fun to eat, as home cooks have shared on the Food Network site.
“My family loved this cake! It was super moist and had lots of lemon flavor. Definitely going to do this one again!” wrote one reviewer.
Another added that Brown’s dessert has become a habit in their household: “My husband has made this cake 6 times in less than 3 months. That’s how deliciously good it is.
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