Saturday, January 15, 2011

Carioca- Lemon Spice Cake

"Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes - ah
When she walks, she's like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when she passes, each one she passes goes - ooh"

The Girl from Ipanema

 I live in the south. Georgia, to be specific. We had a snow storm, LAST Monday.  Highly unusual. It is cold.  It is icy. School is out. I feel exhausted, and I start back to work on THIS Monday. I need a break . I crave heat, sun,  and warm weather . 

How about a little taste of Brazil? 

sooo welcoming .........
Photograph by Andy Caulfield/Getty Images
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) opens his arms wide as if to embrace all of Rio de Janeiro. The statue stands atop Corcovado Mountain, which visitors can climb by taxi or cog railway to gain unparalleled views of the city 
Ps..A place I must visit

Ipanema, Brazil

 I can feel the sun on my face.....

I can taste Brazil in my mouth. LOL. 

Nice light spice. Back notes of molasses, and lemon. Tastes like of a ginger snap cookie vs. the heat of a ginger bread.

adapted from Brazilian Cookery by Margarette De Andrade
  1/2 Cup Butter
  1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  4 large Eggs — Separate Out Yolks/Whites
  1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
  1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  1 Teaspoon Mace
  2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  zest of one lemon
  2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  1 Cup Stout Beer — Room Temperature
  3/4 Cup Molasses
  1 Teaspoon Baking Soda


Pre heat oven to 350 degree F

Prepare- two, greased, 9 inch cake pans, or one 9 x 13 rectangular pan

Whip 4 egg whites until they hold firm but not dry stiff peaks. Reserve.

Cream together the butter, sugar until combined.
Add egg yolks, lemon zest, Blend well.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, mace ( dry ingredients ) in a separate bowl.

Add beer, molasses, lemon juice  to the dry ingredients. 

Add mixed dry/beer ingredients into the creamed butter/egg mixture . Beat until combined.

Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Pour into two, greased, 9 inch cake pans.

Bake 35 minutes.

BOM apetite!
Brazil on my brain....x2 posts :)


  1. Looks Yummy ...... I could do with a trip to Brazil too!!

  2. I'm Brazilian but temporarily living in South Korea. What a beautiful tribute to my city, Rio de Janeiro. I'm in Korea right now, but have just returned from Rio... oh my, it was steaming hot there!! I'd love to try Carioca. By the way, just in case you don't know, "Carioca" is the name given to a person who was born in Rio. I'm Carioca ;o)

  3. I had to look up MACE, I didn't know what it was. I found out it's another part of the nutmeg. I've never seen that in Brazil but we do use nutmeg quite often.
    I'd be pleased to share more about Brazil!