I always celebrate my mom's birthday even though she's been gone almost 7 years. (7 years!!!!) I guess maybe that's a testament to her memory and her legacy. It sure doesn't seem like 7 years has gone by because I remember her and think of her and even sometimes hear her in myself. In some ways she's still around, which is cool. I guess we should all be so lucky to have people that want to remember us always! That's the kind of person she was.
I generally make a cake on her birthday, and this year I was inspired to dig through her recipes and make her famous lemon cake. I'm sure the last time I had it was whenever she made it last, so it's been a while!
It's not a pretty cake. Just a cake baked in a pan. It usually turns out a little brown on top and just doesn't say, "Look out, I'm gonna knock your socks off". You don't even frost it. Yes, it's just plain and unassuming. And then you taste it. Wow. So good. I whipped some cream to dollop on top. Oh yeah...
When I told Sis I was making lemon cake she remembered this disaster, but once she tasted it, she declared that this was the cake she wanted served on her 18th birthday this year. Now there's a compliment!
So here it is, if you care to make it.
Carol's Lemon Cake
1 box of lemon cake mix
1 pkg lemon Jell-o (I used the big one)
3/4 cup water
Mix 2 minutes on med. speed
Add 3/4 cup oil
Bake at 350 in a greased 9x13 pan, 40 min.
Take from oven, put fork holes in cake. Pour icing over cake.
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cup powdered sugar