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The Great Twin Cities Potluck of 1998

Damsel in Dis Dress


Damsel brought a three layer lemon cake that was dubbed "Damsel's Leaning, Lemon Delish" cake (She had problems with an uneven oven but had artfully disguised the problem so well none of us would have noticed, had she not said anything).

Listing Lemon Cake Listing Lemon Cake

This poor cake went through many changes on its journey from conception to presentation. Necessity is the mother of invention. It's also the mother of my cake. I'm not sure yet if Necessity is a good mother or should be reported to the authorities.

Originally, I was going to bring a three-layer, white cake with almond filling, cooked white frosting, and almond slices on top. Oops! Not enough granulated sugar for the frosting.

Okay, no problem. I'll make a lemon frosting and some lemon filling. *Now,* there's a problem. The lemon filling is so tart it makes your eyes hurt. I considered bringing it anyway, and taking pictures of people right after they'd taken a bite. Instead, I started to cry.

Once the tears had subsided, Necessity took over. I thought of that nearly-forgotten jar of Smuckers 100% Simply Fruit Spread - Red Raspberry in the back of the refrigerator. I remembered the raspberry filling in most of the commercial petit fours I'd ever eaten, and the fact that lemon was also frequently involved. So, here's what I brought to the potluck:

White Cake

(makes 2 - 9-inch layers)

2/3 cup shortening*
1-3/4 cups sugar
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups cake flour**
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

* or 1/3 cup shortening plus 1/3 cup butter
** or 2-2/3 cups white flour

Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add baking powder and salt. Mix in half of the flour, the milk, the rest of the flour, then the water and vanilla. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared (greased and floured) baking pans (2-9" round or 1-9x13" rectangular). Bake in preheated oven at 350F, 30-35 minutes for layers or 35-45 minutes for rectangular.

Remove from pans and cool in wire racks.

Spread a thin layer of fruit spread, jam, jelly, or preserves on the bottom layer, add the second layer, and frost with the following:

Lemon Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Beat until smooth, and frost cake.

Now, to make the cake "authentic" to the one I brought, make and bake two batches. This way, you have an extra layer to experiment with, and to leave home for your SO, who has decided not to attend the potluck. Spreading it with toxic lemon filling is optional.

To achieve the perfect 30-degree list, raise one side of your oven approximately 1/4" so the cake batter forms a mound on one side of the pan while baking. Alternate the direction of the mounds when assembling the cake.

That's about it!

Dan Goodman


Dan Goodman, who admits he does not cook, contributed a loaf of raisin pecan rye from a highly regarded, local bakery. Even if he doesn't cook, he certainly knows where to shop!

I do cook, well enough for myself. But not for a party; at least, not yet.

I live less than a block from the French Meadow bakery, which makes it easy to buy good bread (if only they had genuine Russian pumpernickel...)

For the previous rfc get-together, I thoughtfully ate a substantial enough meal beforehand so that I wouldn't eat so much that I deprived others of food. This time, I knew better and arrived hungry.

Dan Goodman

Jack S

Jack and Kira

Jack S contributed kutya, a Russian grain dish. Jack can always be counted on the bring something unusual and flavorful! His SO, Kira, had been ill the previous day so she'd not had a chance to cook. Indeed, she abstained from eating. She's from Finland and her resolve to fast was the personification of the Finnish term "sisu" (internal fortitude).

Still waiting for that recipe!


Valerie Whitmore


Valerie Whitmore brought three yummy kinds of wrap sandwiches and some chocolate peanut butter cake. Valerie's got to be the TC RFC chocolate cake maven! She brought a spectacular chocolate cake to the picnic last summer.

Salmon Roll-Ups Bell Pepper Roll-Ups Ham and Swiss Roll-Ups Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Valerie Whitmore: fineb001@garnet.tc.umn.edu - The ChiliDog's Kitchen

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