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Aug 25, 2014 02:25 PM

Meyer Lemon Cake

Slate wrote an article that assigned a different dessert to each state. No state was allowed to get apple pie or chocolate chip cookies. They also had to be a dessert you could make, brands don't count, so Vermont couldn't be Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

California got "Meyer Lemon Cake" because Meyer lemons grow in California and Alice Waters served it at Chez Panisse when she was inventing California cuisine (according to Slate.) Now (and I quote) Meyer Lemon Cake is "ubiquitous" on West Coast menus.

Maybe I've just not been paying attention, but I had not realized that Meyer Lemon Cake was ubiquitous on menus around here. Maybe it is, but I honestly can't recall seeing it on a menu or ever ordering Meyer Lemon Cake.

So, because I would like to try our official dessert (according to Slate, anyway), does anyone have a local recommendation for Meyer Lemon Cake.

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  1. Huckleberry has had it in the past.

    1. I've seen the Meyer lemon pies at Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, so they may be able to make a Meyer lemon cake for you.

      1. I actually don't think it IS ubiquitous. I also assume it's a seasonal thing b/c I frequently can't find Meyer lemons at the Farmer's Market....

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        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

          Meyer lemons are seasonal. They are can be difficult to find because their thin skin doesn't protect it well during shipment to market.

          1. re: raytamsgv


            And when you find Meyer Lemon dishes out-of-season (like right now), more likely than not they're using Mandarin oranges in its stead.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              Ah, good to know. Also, for the OP, the season for Meyer lemons is Winter.

              If you want to make a lemon pie yourself, America's Test Kitchen has a great recipe for a lemon chiffon pie. The most difficult part of the recipe is grating enough lemon zest for 2 tablespoons. It was a real PIA w/ the tiny lemons available at Ralphs. =P

          2. SusieCakes used to have as their cake/cupcake of the month - I believe in February. I did drop by this past February to seek it out. When I didn't find it, I asked if February was the correct month for Meyer lemon cake - the counter person said she never heard of it.

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            1. re: bulavinaka

              at this moment, susiecakes in marina del rey carries a lemon cake, but it is not a meyer lemon cake.

              yellow cake
              lemon curd filling
              butter cream frosting

              1. re: westsidegal

                Thanks for the rec.

                I've never been there because I always answer the siren song of dairy free dark chocolate sorbet whenever I'm in that shopping center. (Also, the bakery closes to early for me).

                1. re: PaulF

                  OT, but the chocolate sorbetto is most likely to be rotating through on the weekends.

                  don't tell anybody else.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Did you know that on some weekends there is someone who hits them up on a Friday and buys the whole supply of chocolate sorbetto?

                    I've never seen it happen, but the workers told me about it.

                    I prefer non-dairy desserts and that sorbetto is right at the top of my list.

                    Nice people, too.

                    (BTW -- The sushi place in that shopping center is the worst sushi I've ever had. I bought a Groupon just to try it, and it was terrible.)

                    1. re: PaulF

                      gotta identify that person and wrap them up with duct tape until AFTER we get OUR chocolate sorbetto!
                      who do they think they are????

                      concur about the horrible fish/rice place (i refuse to dignify the stuff they sell with the name "sushi." it's absolutely disgusting)

                      for food, you are only 5 minutes away from settebello which is open continuously between lunch and dinner.

                      during the week, from about 3:30 to 6 you can get the happy hour food and drink at settebello, and then go and polish the whole thing off with sorbetto.

                      if you prefer roman style pizza, south end opens at about 4 most days.

                      i can't think of any cheap fast food options in the marina that have wide appeal that could serve as an acceptable substitute for the horrid fish/rice.
                      when i'm by myself, i can be happy with the vegetarian option at freebirds: a cheap build-it-yourself burrito. but i know that this sort of thing is completely unappealing to most/many folks. no lard in the beans. no grease-bombs. no "wet" burritos

                  2. re: PaulF

                    my preference in lemon cakes is the one that used to be carried by Coco's:

                    yellow cake layers
                    lemon curd between the layers
                    thin white icing on top.

                    never understood frosting.
                    i scrape off frosting.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Best lemon cake I've had in LA was a semolina lemon cake at Europane. No frosting. Divine.

                  3. re: westsidegal

                    Yeah, the standard lemon is a regular item as far as I know. I didn't pursue the issue about Meyer lemon-flavor-of-the-month after the counter person (at the Brentwood store) did the head-tilt/I don't know response. I will try again when it's close to the season again.

                2. not a recommendation, but a veto (avoid this)

                  don't get the lemon cake at marche moderne because there is no discernible lemon flavor to it.

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