Italian lemon sponge cake with lemon filling..does this sound familiar to anyone?
I recently was given a slice of this type of lemon cake at a gathering. I was told it was from Costco. I meant to ask for the brand/details, but missed the boat and am now kicking myself. It was *so* good. It was more bread-like (brioche-y?) than cake crumb-like. The cake had a light lemony taste and there was a small layer of a rich lemon curd/lemon filling woven throughout the cake. It paired very well with earl grey (citrus notes, I'm guessing). I won't be back at Costco for another month or so, and I'm afraid that this might be a seasonal item! Any guesses as to how I might be able to replicate this cake? Thanks in advance!
Was is like an Italian version of babka or kugelhopf, a cakey brioche-like bread? There's and Italian sweet bread called a Gubana, served at Easter or other holidays. It's filled with a swirl of chocolate, nuts and raisins woven through the bread and the bread has a light lemony flavor. Filling it with a lemon curd before baking might not be a far stretch.
What you describe is definitely not a sponge cake, though. The original Gubana is a yeasted sweet bread with a fairly complex filling. Possibly Costco wanted to simplify the filling and just did a lemon curd or lemon filling of some sort. www.thefreshloaf.com has a recipe: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/1161...
There's also a Torta Alle Mandorle e Limoni, almond-lemon cake, with ground almonds, lemons boiled until tender and processed into a paste, egg whites and sugar; now that's a sponge cake and can be split and filled with a lemon curd. Google Torta Alle Mandorle e Limoni for a recipe.
If it's not one of these, I'm out of suggestions.
bushwickgirl, Thank you very much! You described what I was searching for to a "T". I just googled images of babka and kugelhopf, having never heard of either, and learned that what I ate is *most definitely* an Italian version of those cakey breads, as you so well described! (And you're so right ~ it's soooo not a sponge cake..my bad ;)). I've saved the Gubana recipe, and may try altering the filling a bit and instead using a lemon curd instead. And the Torta Alle Mandorle e Limoni recipe...oh my. That, too, looks heavenly. I think I'm in trouble j/k ;)
Thanks again so much for the leads!!