Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Banana Cake and Lemon Almond Torta

Lemon Almond Torta and Banana Cake

Banana Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the best parts of making this Banana Cake from last week's LA Times was eating the cake scraps. The recipe comes from Clementine, a bakery/cafe in Century City. Mom and I had lunch there today. I love their sandwiches and deli salads, but their baked goods can be hit or miss.

My family sets the bar pretty high for pastries. This week I made:
  • Strawberry tarts with vanilla pastry cream
  • White nectarines with toasted almonds and custard
  • Almond biscotti
  • Glazed buttermilk cookies
  • Almond and nectarine cakes
  • Banana bread (twice)
  • Banana cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Almond crescents with burnt butter icing
  • Crepes with peaches and blueberry sauce
  • Lemon almond torta

    I love spoiling my family. It's so much more fun to bake when you have a house full of people to feed.

    The Lemon Almond Torta is a recipe from The Traveler's Lunchbox. The lemon curd topping is quite good- next time i'd spread it more evenly though. My large dollops made the cake lumpy.

    thesweetgourmand said...

    wow! I can only dream of when I'd be able to make that many baked goods in such a short amount of time. jealoussyyy. ;)
    also just wanted to let you know that i always love your pictures!

    Christina said...

    Sounds like nonstop baking!
    The cake looks amazing, the texture and the frosting.

    Patricia Scarpin said...

    Lisa, I've had that lemon almond torta bookmarked for ages! Now that I have seen you made it too, it's about time I made mine!
    The banana cake looks tender and delicious, too.