The Particular Sadness (and Happiness) of Lemon Cake

Reading Under the Roof Cloud
Thursday, August 22 at 6 pm

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

This installment of Reading Under the Roof Cloud will take on Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the slice. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she’s privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father’s detachment, her mother’s transgression, her brother’s increasing retreat from the world. But there are some family secrets that even her cursed taste buds can’t discern.

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Happy and Delicious Lemon Cake Recipes

Poor Rose can taste despair because of her magical gift, but we hope you don’t taste anything but cheer if you make one of these delicious lemon cakes.

Joy the Baker created a lemon cake that’s good enough to sleep on. Read the blog to see why Associate Educator Gina wants to be Joy’s best friend forever.
http://joythebaker.com/2009/01/lemon-drenched-lemon-cake/

We’re pretty sure Martha doesn’t have time to be a BFF to us, but she does have plenty of recipes. We just never imagined she’d have THIRTEEN lemon cake recipes!
http://joythebaker.com/2009/01/lemon-drenched-lemon-cake/

Our final recipe is one that Gina (future BFFs with Joy) tried and loved. She said the lemon curd was delicious.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pavlova-with-Lemon-Curd-and-Berries-352320

Did you try any or all of the recipes? Or did you choose to just read the book? What did you think?

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