My First Bloggiversary!

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd

How quickly my BubblyBaker baking adventures have gone by! I cannot believe it has already been a whole year since I started this entire thing and I am soooo super-duper-words-cannot-possibly-describe-exactly-how-friggin-excited I am that you have ridden this journey with me!

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd

I still rememberΒ publishing my very first post (here) and getting all ‘I wanna put my hands up in the air and dance’ happy at getting 1 visitor!! (I actually had 2 views on the very first day, but Jess doesn’t count :P) So whoever you were, my dear first ever blog view, you will never know how much I appreciated your most likely accidental visit onto my page – you gave me hope and a goal to reach more than 2 views in a day πŸ™‚

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon CurdTo my AMAZING friends – you know who you are – and my AWESOME family & cousins – you also know who you are – and my SUPER DUPER work colleagues, thank you for always being so supportive and eating whatever highly calorific delight I put in front of you! You guys keep me motivated to bake πŸ™‚

I really REALLY also have to give a special mention to Lily, Ricky and Susan for bestowing upon me the most beautiful and most pretty, gift a bubbly baker could have, *cue holy music and shine on that bright spotlight*, a brand spanking new pastel yellow Kitchen Aid! (for those of you lucky enough to not be affected by the great inflation of shopping in Australia – these things are helllllla expensive here!!) Fuelling my baking addiction… I like it! πŸ˜€Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon CurdTo all my Virtual Friends that I have been lucky enough to make so far – I am so thrilled to be a part of this baking community with you and even more happy to know that I am not alone in this crazy baking world. You bakerholics keep this borderline psychotic BubblyBaker sane, so thank you πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd

And finally, to You – my anonymous reader!
Thank you for dropping by, for looking at my photos, reading my words (or not πŸ˜›), and sharing all my baking adventures with me. I sincerely appreciate your visit πŸ™‚

Now… on to the cake!

I ended up making a soft, fluffy vanilla cake and filled it with some tart lemon curd, then frosted the entire thing with my new favourite frosting EVER – swiss meringue buttercream! YUM!
The sweetness of the cake and frosting, teamed with the tartness of the lemon curd made it a perfect combination! Β If however, you are not a fan of lemon curd, you could fill the cake with some whipped cream and jam, or even chocolate ganache (don’t forget to omit the lemon extract from the frosting too if you are going to do either of these). Either way, this cake was definitely fluffy and if you’re looking for a nice, easy vanilla cake, I highly recommend this one πŸ˜€

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd

Fluffy Vanilla Cake

Recipe taken from Sweetapolita
Makes a 2-layer 8-inch cake

5 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tblspon + 1 tspn of baking powder
3/4 tspn of salt
170 grams of unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes

– Preheat oven to 180C. Grease, line with parchment, and flour the two round 8-inch pans
– In a medium bowl, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk and the vanilla. Set aside
– In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed for about 30 seconds
– Add the butter and remaining milk into the dry mixture and mix on low speed until just combined
– Increase the speed to medium and mix for another 1.5 minutes
– Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for about 20 seconds after each addition
– Divide the batter evenly between the two pans
– Bake between 25-35 minutes or until a skewer comes clean when inserted into the centre (I baked mine for about 45 mins before it was ready!)
– Allow to cool completely before frosting

Lemon Curd Filling
Fills one 6-inch cake. Double the recipe to generously fill an 8-inch cake

1 egg
1 egg yolk
80 grams of caster sugar
40 grams of chilled butter
zest and juice of 1 medium size lemon (increase this if you would more of a tang)

– Whisk the whole egg, yolk and sugar in a saucepan until smooth
– Place over low heat
– Add the butter, juice and zest and whisk continuously until thickened
– Strain through a sieve
– Allow to cool completely before filling the cake

Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Frosts one 6-inch cake. Double the quantity to generously frost an 8-inch cake

2 egg whites
1/2 plus 1/8 cup of sugar
170 grams of butter, cubed and at room temperature
1 tspn of lemon extract
1/2 tblspn of lemon zest (optional)

– Whisk the egg whites and sugar over a simmering pot of water until it reaches 160 degrees
– Transfer the mixture to a mixer and whisk on high for about 10 mins (or until the meringue reaches room temperature. The bowl should feel neutral/barely warm when touched).
– Add the butter, one cube at a time and continue mixing until all butter is incorporated
– Add in the lemon extract and zest and beat to combine
– Frost your cake up

Have fun! πŸ™‚

BubblyBaker

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Comments

  1. Such a sweet cake! Vanilla and lemons…mmmm looks yummy!
    And congrats on your first year!! All the best in your second πŸ™‚

  2. This cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate one year of blogging! Although I would be happy to eat it for any occasion! Congrats and enjoy your new mixer!

    • Thank you so much πŸ™‚
      The Kitchen Aid is definitely my new best friend in the kitchen! Thanks so much for all your kind words too – I’m talking about fellow baking addicts like you that makes this entire adventure fun and worthwhile πŸ˜€

  3. Haaaapppy bloggiversary!!! We’ll celebrate it again this sat!! And ur cakeeeee looooks ohhh sooo deliciousss as usual!! Xoxo

  4. happy 1 year bloggiversary !!!!!!! mmmm delicious scrumptious cake!! and what a more fitting time to launch the new layout!!! luvvv it!! congrats and keep up the awesomeeeness!!

    • Thanks Susie πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      I promise to keep these baked goods coming! Good thing you are just across from me these days, or bad. Depends who’s talking. lol
      Much luv!!

  5. Congratulations on your first year, I wish you many more to come. Lovely cake, so beautifully decorated.

  6. Congratulations!! That cake is the cutest thing!

  7. What a beautiful cake! I love the idea of lemon curd filling with meringue buttercream. And congratulations on reaching 1 year of blogging πŸ™‚ hope you continue to bake delicious goodies!

  8. Happy bloggiversary! That’s one super yummy looking cake πŸ˜€ Question: what are the little coloured flakes on the cake? Not the sprinkles, the other (bigger) coloured spots.. chocolate?

    • Hey Kitteekat! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚
      The bigger colours spots are actually sprinkes as well! They’re Wilton’s brand so they would most likely be available online πŸ™‚

  9. Happy Bloggiversary! And you got a Kitchen Aid?! I’m so jealous! I don’t quite understand why they are SO much more expensive here than in the US. Can’t wait to see what baking adventures you get up to now that you have one πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Carla Sue! I know – it’s ridiculous how $$ they are here! Which is why I was completely ecstatic when I opened up the box and saw what it was! Definitely a bubblybaker dancing moment πŸ˜› Also thanks so much for all your previous comments and kind words over the last year – it’s people like you that help make these crazy baking adventures fun πŸ™‚

  10. Happy blogiversary! Congrats on the kitchenaid too… when I got mine I couldn’t believe that I had managed to live without one for so long! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      I don’t think I could ever part with my dear KitchenAid now either… it’s become a part of me! I still look at it with dreamy eyes every time I use it haha!

  11. Happy blogiversary, girl! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for one year. Everything you make is phenomenal – like this beautiful cake with the gorgeous frosting (I really need to learn how to make a good frosting!). Your photography is stunning and I love reading your posts – your warm, genuine, thoughtful voice shines through every time. I look forward to following you in the years to come.

    • Thank so much Nancy!
      You have always been so encouraging and kind – I am definitely looking at you when I refer to the virtual friends that I have been fortunate enough to make here in this blogging world πŸ™‚

  12. BubbaGumpKim says:

    Happy Anniversary! You inspire me =) Your cake looks just as happy and awesome as you are!! x0x

  13. Congratulations on your first bloggiversary! And what better way to celebrate than with a KitchenAid mixer?! I didn’t know they came in pastel yellow! Been torturing myself over whether should blow my next paycheck on a shiny red one! *drools* Haha, anyhoo, I’m so glad I stumbled upon you and your baking adventures and hope that there are many more to come πŸ™‚

    • aww thanks Erika! Firstly I say DO IT!! ahah! The KitchenAid is totally worth it – when recipes call for a ‘paddle attachment’, I finally have a paddle attachment now!! It makes things so much easier! haha! But seriously, it’s the best thing ever πŸ™‚
      Secondly, thanks so much for all your lovely, kind, supportive words! I’m so glad we stumbled upon each other’s blog! I seriously LOVE yours and have literally made a list of places to eat here around Melbourne all from your experiences πŸ˜€

  14. Haha hey!! I count as a first reader *tears*cries*hissy fit* lol. Congrats on your first year lovely!! I love this new layout too – it’s so scrapbook-like and cute!…CUTE lol. And why didn’t CuisinArt get a mention?!!? Lol just kidding. Ok going to sift through the posts now πŸ™‚

    • haha Jesu! CuisinArt is AWESOME!! hahahah!! That will come in a later post (where I show the destruction of my $10 K-mart one… lol)
      In all seriousness, words cannot express exactly how much your support means to me – you were my first view, my first comment, and my first *fan* hahaha! Gorogoro!

  15. Congrats!
    “…and eating whatever highly calorific delight I put in front of you” I love it!

  16. Liza Manongdo says:

    Awwww Happy 1yr my Bubblybaker and heres to many many more baking adventures and to feeding my addiction and love for all bakery goods! LOL Emmmmm Hmmmmmm πŸ˜‰ x

  17. Liza Manongdo says:

    PS Loving the new layout!!! Looks fab!!! πŸ™‚

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