Monday, 3 January 2011

A Palate's Paradise

I learned a valuable lesson today bloggie friends!

I learned that a cake will always taste better with a topping.

For months now I baked my courgette cake sans the topping of the recipe (cos I was so concerned about the calories!) and whereas I liked the cake, none of my friends or family did.

So this time round I succumbed and made the topping – cream cheese, sugar and a bit of lemon.

And by golly the cake tastes incredible! Like paradise on my palate!


Of course there’s a life lesson here to be had for me. But I’m too busy wiping the cream off my hands and mouth to think about it too much!

Charlie says: I doubt very much that there'd be any leftover cream for me!


Have a tolerable Monday everyone!!

Thanks to Em's Shabby Shack for her fab courgette recipe, found here!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SAMMY AND ANDY'S MUM, THE LOVELY JUDI!! YAY!!

51 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Calories be damned.

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

WOW--it's Monday already there!! In the future you are. Hey, that cake---Tommy's brought some of that home. It's BETTER with the cream topping. Calories--schmalories--this is CAKE!!

If I were Charlie, I'd be hissed off, with no cream...

Noir

The Teacher's Pets said...

I have never heard of this kind of cake before but it sure does look delicious! I agree that a little bit of sugar on top makes for a tasty cake!
Thank you for your comments regarding Ellie (who wears a muzzle) and for your concern. It is a tough thing to see her sad face when that darn thing is covering up her pretty mouth and it was also awful to spend so much time cleaning up all of the blood! Extremely upsetting!

Summer Ross said...

Now that makes me hungry...yummy!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm with you on frosting, especially cream cheese.

I had the best cake in New York. It was the first one I ever loved that didn't have a topping. I want to make it but I need to have 5 extracts.

You have a tolerable Monday too! It's back to the grind after a too-short holiday.

Guinevere said...

Oh, that looks delicious. Nom.

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Charlie my friend, you come here and Rumblemum will keep us both in cream!

Reenie said...

A cake surely does always look nicer with a topping!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Omigosh, cream cheese, sugar, and lemon????!!!! How did you NOT make that frosting sooner? :)

Sounds delish! Enjoy!

Caren Gittleman said...

that looks delicious!!! Please pardon my stupidity but what is a "courgette" cake?

I am like you where I tend to sometimes not like frosting on my cake...I like it either way but would leave it off for the calories too...your frosting sounds delicious though!

Did Charlie end up getting any?

TK and Squashies said...

Awwww Sweet Charlie, you can come have cream with us whenever you wants!
We's on a diet for the New Year, we'll have cream next week once all the revolutshuns are shot down.

Clarissa Draper said...

Thanks for the recipe! I decided when I was dieting not to cut out the cake (not even the icing) I just ate smaller pieces. Less guilt!

mshatch said...

Charlie probably wouldn't like the cake anyway - unless it was fish flavored - in which case no one else would like it.

It looks delicious, especially the frosting so thick and kinda dripping off the side...

Melissa Gill said...

Yum, I had to look up courgette, we call this zucchini, but it does make a fabulous cake. I'd probably attempt to do without the topping too.

Nicole MacDonald said...

Oooo I so want a piece of that!! It looks good!

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Esme said...

Courgette cake sounds delicious. A little topping is always lovely.

Boonie S said...

This looks delicious. Could you pop me a slice in the post next time... or Email one to me?

Have a great day, Boonie

Medeia Sharif said...

That looks delicious.

I'm sure you can spare some cream for Charlie. ;)

Terrie said...

Sometimes we spoil ourselves a bit, we can have a true live. Just not indulge is fine. Charlie wouled love a share !

joanne fox said...

I've never heard of making cake with courgettes! I will have a look at the recipe, thanks. It looks great. x

fairyhedgehog said...

Happy Monday!

I must remember about cakes and frosting.

Kea said...

Mmm, cream cheese icing is delicious! This has made me hungry for cake! :-)

The Monkeys said...

Icing makes anything delicious!

Justine Dell said...

You know, I'm quite fond of cakes without toppings. Not because of the calories, but because I think some of them just taste better plain. Not all of them, though. ;-)

~JD

Brian said...

Anything with cream cheese is usually pretty darn yummy!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kitty! Cake is just an excuse for frosting.

Tara said...

Yum! The icing is always my favorite part. And anything with lemon flavor is better. (Okay, maybe not anything...)

Madeleine said...

sounds like the parsnip roulade I made once. It was rather dry and needed something else. I will try your tip Happy New Year.
BTW I have posted up a pulse racer over at mine for the No Kiss Blogfest ;O)

Hannah and Lucy said...

Your cake looks very delicious and has mum's mouth watering!
We hope you had a slice Charlie.

Marg said...

Gosh, that cake looks so good especially with that cream cheese lemon frosting. Yikes, I might have to make one of those. You got me sitting here drooling. Take care and have a good week. Charlie make her give you some of that cream. A tiny little bit won't hurt you.

the writing pad said...

Courgette cake?? I've only just got my head round the notion of putting carrots in confectionery!! Your cake looks lovely though - especially the top part. No wonder Charlie's miffed :-)
Thanks for your visit, and your lovely comments - and hoping for a brill 2011 for you and Charlie too!Best
Karla

notesfromnadir said...

O.K.,
That is a valuable lesson! Also, make sure you apply a very THICK layer! Nice picture--now I'm craving some.

Oh, & the touch of lemon does give you some natural vitamin C so it's all good.

Charlie, I'm sure you'll get a treat anyway.

Lydia K said...

That icing looks too good! And I'll bet the cake tastes even better with icing on the bottom, and sides, and in the middle...
:)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Mmmmmmm. That cake sounds good. Didn't Charlie even get a drop? No, probably not because of the sugar. sigh. Is Charlie drooling?

Katie Mills said...

thanks! That cake does look yummy! Amazing how sugar can really make anything better. Mary poppins knew her shite;)

Katie Anderson said...

Hehe "Paradise on a Plate" - what a wonderful phrase!
Enjoy, and the calories don't count because it's still sort-of holiday :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, Jenny-you CAN'T SKIP THE FROSTING! In fact I'd go so far as to say if you want to skim, skip the CAKE. I loves a bowl of frosting now and again...

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, that does look yummy! I may have to hop over for the recipe! :-)

Sammy and Andy said...

The cake looks and sounds totally delish!!!!!!!!

Another "fab" picture of you, handsome Charlie.

Thank you both for coming to our mama's birthday party....you helped make it a very special day for her.

xxxxxxxxx

Bossy Betty said...

Can we put that topping on the bottom too--and maybe some in the middle?

The Golden Eagle said...

That looks like very tasty cake! :)

Jamie Burch said...

That looks delicious! I'll have to try it out. Thanks!

martine said...

A friend recently bakes a tomato soup cake ... it sounded so weird, but tasted fabulous. The courgette cake sounds weird too, but looks delish.
much love
martine

klahanie said...

Hi there,
Yes, here I am, Penny the Jack Russell dog. 'Arf, arf!'
Gary once baked a zucchini cake. What? It's the same thing? :-)
Have a pawesome day.
Hugs n' stuff, Penny xx

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

That cake looks so yummy. I wish it was sitting in my kitchen! )

Chris Phillips said...

Only cheesecake is better w/o a topping.

Junior and Orion said...

Wanted to let you know that our Meowm will finally be getting the book you won in the auction mailed to you this weekend. We are sorry it has taken so long.

ABBY said...

Well I say if you're going to eat cake, eat the icing too!

Hello Sweet Charlie.

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purrin
xoxoxo
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Yummy! I am on a diet but I'll have a small slice :)

Ann said...

Love that frosting. I use it more than I care to admit here or anywhere.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Mmm, that cake looks incredible! Your blog could be hazardous to my health.