Lemon Meringue Cake

This cake was inspired by one of Jackie Cameron’s students, Kate Couzins, whose lemon meringue cake really had me wanting to try it out.  I could not wait to give it a whirl, and so, using my recipes for various elements, I have come up with a version of my own. It really is a special cake and will make any occasion one to remember. Thanks Kate and Jackie for the awesome idea!Lemon Meringue CakeYou will need

1 pre-baked hot milk sponge cake.

For the lemon curd

1.5 cups sugar
12 egg yolks
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 2 lemons
2 tbsp corn flour
+-10 tbsp cubed cold butter

Method

In a saucepan, whisk together the sugar, yolks, lemon juice, zest and corn flour over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat up slightly and whisk the mixture until thick. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl then gradually add the butter and whisk to incorporate. Cover with cling wrap touching the curd directly and refrigerate until needed.

For the Swiss meringue

6 egg whites
1.5 cups sugar
A pinch of cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Bring a pot of water to the boil. In a bowl, combine the egg whites and the sugar and whisk over the boiling water until the sugar dissolves (about 4-5mins). Make sure the bowl is not touching the surface of the water. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the cream of tartar and pour the mixture into a stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until stiff, glossy peaks form.

To assemble

Take your hot milk sponge and cut each cake into three even layers. Spread the lemon curd onto each layer whilst stacking them. Leave about 1 cm from each edge to allow for squishing down. Once complete, spread the Swiss meringue over the cake to cover and pull up to create peaks. Blow torch the meringue to brown.

This cake will last about a day refrigerated but is best eaten on the day and is absolutely delicious… so I doubt a morsel of it will last long enough for storage anyway!Lemon Meringue CakeLemon Meringue Cake Lemon Meringue Cake

Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

Author: Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

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