Lemon Cake And Easter Joy

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Lemon cake for Easter

Lemon cake for Easter

It was Easter yesterday, the day that Jesus rose from the dead, a reminder that in Him there is victory and life…..an abundant life. The resurrection power gives me joy, courage and confidence to live each day and makes my life meaningful.

Beautiful tulips for Easter

Beautiful tulips for Easter

Tulips and Easter

I had a very wonderful weekend to celebrate Easter. A lovely friend came by and brought a gorgeous bunch of tulips for me! I was most touched by her love. She had to walk at least 20 minutes to the nearest bus-stop to catch a bus to the city centre where she had to hop onto another bus to get to my place. It took her about 2 hours!

She has been going through very tough times. Yes, she has cried through the pain that she is going through but listening to what she shared, instead of being an encouragement to her, I felt more encouraged by her. Here she is, less than 30 years all, far away from home, all alone here and going through painful times but yet remains very positive and outward looking.

On top of that, I am absolutely impressed by her attitude in working. She is someone who is willing to walk the second mile and do the company proud. Due to economy downturn, all her colleagues were asked to leave. She was the only one left….because of her working attitude. She always does her work well, finishes on time and even willing to help others to finish theirs, despite going through difficulties. That’s Easter……boldness and victory in the midst of difficulties.

The Power of Easter

Life can be very challenging and tough. I’ve gone through many scary, helpless and painful moments in my life and felt like giving up but I’m really thankful that I held on and came through well. When all else seemed to fail, God never fail. There is nothing more important than having God’s peace and love in my heart even when life seems to fall apart.

Personally I have been encouraged many times by people who went through difficult and painful times…..how they were able to stay positive and cheerful. They knew how to draw divine strength from God. That gives me greater courage to stay positive and believe for better times. That’s the power of Easter!



Life is like a Lemon

Life is sometimes like a lemon. You can choose to remain sour and be like a lemon or you can turn it into something very delightful for yourself and be a blessing to others. You can squeeze it to make a refreshing lemon drink and refreshes others or you can make it into a lovely dessert and warm up the hearts of many around.

Seasons of Life

Everyone goes through seasons of life. Just like winter, freezing cold and depressing, but it will pass. Even in winter, there are moments of phenomenal beauty, the beauty of snow. Besides, the sun can be most bright in winter. Similarly in my darkness moments in life, I find God most real…..the real Sun of my life. I believe that’s the power of Easter, the victory that I can have in God.

Lemon Cake for Friends

Lately several of my friends are going through struggles and pain and finding life just too difficult to cope. I have made this special lemon cake for Easter, dedicated specially to them, and for everyone who is going through tough times at this moment, whether in relationship, children, marriage, job, sickness, finance, death of loved ones etc. Please do not give up. You are very precious. Nothing is more important than your life. You are just going through a season.

This lemon cake recipe is very simple and easy. Just beat up everything and put to bake.

125g butter
2t grated lemon rind
1C castor sugar
3 eggs
1/2C milk
1 & 1/2 C self-raising flour
1/4C lemon juice

Cake batter ready to be baked

Cake batter ready to be baked

Put everything into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and changed in colour. Pour into a tin lined with baking paper and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 40 minutes or cooked. It’s cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. You can dust with some icing sugar or pour lemon syrup over it. I had it with ice cream and strawberries and that was really delicious.

Friends, when you go through tough and painful times, my prayer for you is that you will become better and not bitter, victorious and not defeated, humbled and not proud, bold and not timid. Be courageous and move on.

Remember that life is like a lemon. You have a choice what to do with it.

To all those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a most blessed time.

Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Quote of the day……

“Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.”

Floyd W. Tomkins

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Divina  on April 5th, 2010

Thanks for the wonderful message Mary. A message that everyone needs to know. I felt that message was actually for me. :) This post is meant to be reread until the message sinks into our hearts. Let’s join the army of courage. The lemon cake sounds wonderful. Happy Easter (belated).

The Little Teochew  on April 5th, 2010

You are so right, Mary … we always have a choice of how we want to tackle a situation. Easier said than done, I know … but always, there is a choice. How apt that you have chosen to share with us a lovely lemon cake. :)

Sushma Mallya  on April 5th, 2010

That was a lovely post mary,very well writtern and very meaningful one…and lemon cake looks delicious…

3hungrytummies  on April 5th, 2010

That cake looks so moist! Lovely post!

Arnold  on April 5th, 2010

A very nice and well-written seasonal article. That lemon cake looks absolutely YUMMY.

Wendy  on April 5th, 2010

Thank you, Mary, for reminding us we ALWAYS have something to be glad for, despite how gloomy our situation is. And lemon cake is a delicious thing indeed! Easter blessings to you and your family x

anncoo  on April 5th, 2010

Lovely post Mary. I always believed there are people like your friend who is hard working and no complaint.
I still remember my ex-boss who was a very nice and sweet person for which I worked for him for 15 years. Before I left his company, he gave me an air ticket to States for a month holiday. I was really sad at that time even now (sometime) but we still in contact whenever he and his family are in Singapore.
Oh..sorry again very emotional **=** Your lemon cake looks yummy.

Angie's Recipes  on April 5th, 2010

A meaningful post and lemon cake looks delightful as well.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on April 5th, 2010

Mary, love your message shared here. It’s so true.
Yes, there are many things, ups and downs, in our life that are not in our control. But the good news is that we can choose our response to these things. Our lord is the trustworthy one who never forsakes us no matter what we are facing.

Not only is your lemon cake yummy, but also carries some positive messages. Love it so much.

peteformation  on April 5th, 2010

Lovely message and the lemon cake looks nice!

Priya  on April 5th, 2010

Lemon cake look awesome and soft, Happy Easter Mary..

somewhere in singapore  on April 5th, 2010

The lemon cake looks so yummy…

penny aka jeroxie  on April 5th, 2010

What a lovely post. Life is like a lemon. That is pretty true. Thanks for sharing the cake and the story.

Drick  on April 5th, 2010

Mary, you are always an inspiration and your words are what make people love you so - the lemon cake is a remark on just that

Nasi Lemak Lover  on April 5th, 2010

Mary, I very touch by this lemon story. Thanks dear for kind sharing.

rebecca  on April 5th, 2010

lovely post Mary and we so need God in our lives only he can give true peace, lovely cake i made a lemon cake this weekend as well

Love Rebecca

lululu  on April 5th, 2010

I should’ve made this lemon cake as I’ve been craving for anything lemon. BTW, it sounds unbelievably easy to make.

Trissa  on April 5th, 2010

Your recipe Mary, is just as beautiful as this post. Sometimes amidst all the chocolate we tend to forget the meaning of Easter. I am glad for this reminder.

Namitha  on April 5th, 2010

One of my most fav cakes..hope you had a blissful Easter, Mary

alta  on April 5th, 2010

Mary - this is an exceptional post. Your heart is so big, and I’m so glad you’ve shared this with us. And that lemon cake sounds delightful.

the lacquer spoon  on April 5th, 2010

Mary, hope life is like your lemon cake which is both sweet and sour ;) Japanese doesn’t really celebrate the special day, but your post lifts me up for spring. Thanks for lots of info!!

Margaret  on April 5th, 2010

Great presentation. Happy Easter.

Jeannie  on April 5th, 2010

Well written and so true… reminds me of my own experiences in life:) Beautiful post and delicious looking lemon cake.

lequan@luvtoeat  on April 5th, 2010

I loved this post Mary! I hope things will get better for your friend soon. Thank you for reminding us that were are able to make sweet lemonade out of something so sour, just like how sometimes our life can be. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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Cheah  on April 5th, 2010

A delightful post, Mary. The cake looks so yummy too! Love the tulips.

annielicious14  on April 5th, 2010

this was nice! thank you!

Kristi Rimkus  on April 5th, 2010

Wonderful, inspiring blog post! The cake looks terrific too!

Treat and Trick  on April 5th, 2010

Great post Mary! Cake looks so moist and beautiful picture too…

TasteHongKong  on April 5th, 2010

So nice to have read your warm post before going to bed : ).

Mary  on April 5th, 2010

@Divina - Thanks very much, Divina! You have always been a blessing to me :D This message is for me too, reminding me of God’s faithfulness and blessings. Hold on, Divina, and keep praying and trusting. The best is yet to come!

@The Little Teochew - Thanks very much for sharing, Ju! How I wish it’s easy all the time but it’s not. But one thing I know….it all makes me stronger as a person :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! You are always so encouraging….warms my heart :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! :D

@Arnold - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Arnold! :D

@Wendy - Thanks very much for adding, Wendy! :D I believe a grateful heart helps us to stay positive. Hope you had a most blessed Easter.

@anncoo - Thanks very much for sharing, Anncoo! You almost brought me to tears. The world is so short of amazing bosses like your ex-boss! He is a real leader! If I have a boss like that, I think I will never retire…LOL I worked with a couple of good bosses before but not as amazing. The latest was a real horror :( Well, Easter makes it easy to forgive and move on :D My hubby just told me this morning how amazing one of his bosses was. No matter how busy (and he was very busy at his position), he would ALWAYS reply my hubby’s email, whether on job or personal matters. Wow….that’s an awesome leader!

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much for adding, Christine! Very encouraging :D

@peteformation - Thanks very much, Pete! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much! :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! You are such an encouragement :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia!

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca, for adding! :D We must have the same thought or the same craving….haha :P

@lululu - It’s a really easy and simple cake. I found that it tastes better the next day :D

@Trissa - Thanks very much, Trissa! :D I love Easter!

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@alta - Thanks very much for encouragement, Alta! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! Actually I’m shocked that Scotland doesn’t have holidays for Good Friday or Easter :(

@Margaret - Thanks very much, Margaret! Happy Easter to you too :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much for your encouragement, Jeannie! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Thanks very much, Lequan! :D I really hope that my friend’s situation will be better soon. I hope you have a wonderful week too.

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! :D

@annielicious14 - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Thanks very much, Kristi! :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much! Now you’ll probably dream about it :D

Melinda  on April 5th, 2010

Thanks Mary,

I shall try this pretty soon. Recently I bought a lemon tree and it’s starting to bear some fruits, so that will do it.

Juliana  on April 5th, 2010

Yummie, lemon cake, looks beautiful! Love everything with lemon :-)

Cenwen  on April 5th, 2010

Hello Mary:)

Thank you for this beautiful bouquet and this lovely message full of hope and promise!

I wish you a good week, full of nice recipes and good times to share!


Julie Lynn  on April 5th, 2010

Mary, what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it. {{{hugs}}} Happy Easter (a little late).

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on April 5th, 2010

I hope you had a great Easter. The lemon cake looks delicious.

Mary  on April 5th, 2010

@Melinda - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, melinda! :D Have fun baking!

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! I love everything with lemon, too :D

@Cenwen - Thanks very much, Cenwen! I do hope things are getting better for you each day. You are often in my thoughts. Please take care. Muuuuak! :D

@Julie Lynn - Thanks very much for your encouragement, Julie!
Happy belated Easter to you too. Hugs :D

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! Hope you had a great Easter too :D

hopeeternal  on April 5th, 2010

I love lemon cake - this looks delicious. Bless you, Mary, for your witness to the life that Jesus brings: such wonderful words of hope and encouragement. God Bless you this Easter and always!
(I chose my name as a reminder of the eternal hope that Jesus gives to us all!)

5 Star Foodie  on April 5th, 2010

A wonderful post and the lemon cake sounds just lovely! Hope you had a nice Easter celebration!

Carolyn Jung  on April 5th, 2010

I love your comparison of a lemon to life. I couldn’t agree more. Life is too short and too complicated already to go through it with a bad attitude.

pegasuslegend  on April 5th, 2010

beautiful moving message thanks hope you had a wonderful day

theUngourmet  on April 5th, 2010

Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt post. Your cake also looks fantastic. I love lemon in cake! :)

kathyvegas  on April 5th, 2010

What a lovely, lovely cake and post!

rosebelle  on April 6th, 2010

You are indeed right. Life is so precious even if you are going what seems like endless struggles. There’s always a solution to any problem you are dealing with. Mary, you’re lemon cake is so simple. I thought it would take more ingredients to make it. I have some leftover lemons from Easter party so this recipe is perfect.

Mary  on April 6th, 2010

@hopeeternal - Thanks very much! You have chosen a beautiful name. I really like it. :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much for adding, Carolyn! :D Indeed life is too short to suffer unnecessarily or taken too lightly.

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D

@kathyvegas - Thanks very much! :D

@rosebelle - Thanks very much for adding, Roselle! :D Agree with you that there’s a solution to any problem. Yes, this must be the easiest lemon cake that I have made, yet tastes very good.

Viviane, Taste-Buds  on April 6th, 2010

There is some comfort food posts and just comfort posts like this one, with a food recipe. I agree with you on the fact that God never fails us, sometimes we just don’t understand his way but it always turns out for our best. The tulips and the cake look wonderful, and friends are always blessings! Belated Happy Easter :)

kristy  on April 6th, 2010

The site was slow like snail yesterday! So, I went to bed early, at 10pm! I have to thank you for this beautiful post. It’s so encouraging! Actually, my hubby & I also going through a very dificult time since the economy down run a couple months ago. We tried so hard so hard to stay positive and hoping there’ll be sunshine soon!

SathyaSridhar  on April 6th, 2010

lemon cake looks perfect and Happy Easter to you Mary,,hope u enjoyed easter with ur family,,

Joanne  on April 6th, 2010

Happy easter mary!

this lemon cake recipe looks just splendid. Perfect to share with friends on family on this special day.

Katherine  on April 6th, 2010

Happy Easter Mary. I hope you had a fun filled one with your family. Your lemon cake looks delicious. What a perfect dessert for the Easter holiday.

Simply Life  on April 6th, 2010

I feel like I can smell and taste the freshness from here!

Roti n Rice  on April 6th, 2010

Easter is a good reminder that Christ conquered death for us. It gives us much hope and courage for the future.

Lovely cake…looks very moist!

Mary  on April 6th, 2010

What a lovely reflective post. I know you had a wonderful Easter from what you have said in your post. Your cake is lovely and I’ve bookmarked it for later use. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Mary  on April 6th, 2010

@Viviane, Taste-Buds - Thanks very much for sharing, Viviane! That’s very encouraging. Easter is also such a wonderful time to thank God for all the wonderful friends …….. lovely friends like you :D Hope you had a great Easter.

@kristy - Oh dear ….wonder what happened! Thanks very much for sharing, Kristy. I’m so sorry to hear what happened on your side :( Please stay strong and positive. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much Sathya! My Easter was fun :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much. Happy Easter to you too, Joanne! :D

@Katherine - Thanks very much, Katherine! Yes, I had a good Easter with my family and friends :D

@Simply Life - Makes me happy…haha :D

@Roti n Rice - Thanks very much for adding, Bren! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! This is such a simple and easy cake. My daughter likes it very much. I’ll be making them often to share with friends :D

tasteofbeirut  on April 6th, 2010

I have enjoyed your writing Mary; I can totally relate, too!
I am so glad your friend has YOU as a friend to provide much needed comforting!
Speaking of cakes, I love lemon cake too! It is always my favorite because I am a devotee of lemons, sour or not!

tigerfish  on April 6th, 2010

So next time if someone gives me a bag of lemons, I would say make Mary’s lemon cake :D

citronetvanille  on April 6th, 2010

Great cake and sorry for your friend, hope she feels better soon. She is lucky to have such a wonderful friend like you. I guess we all go through some tough times at some point in our lives, and should be lucky to have good friends around. I’m sure that cake helped too!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on April 7th, 2010

Lemon cake is one of my favourites, hope you had a Happy Easter!

Mimi  on April 7th, 2010

This is such a wonderful post. So inspiring. Of course the cake looks yummy.

Mary  on April 7th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! :D I wish I can help better. Sadly I feel helpless many times :( I love lemon but sounds like not as much as you :P Lemon is such a healthy fruit that I think it’s just excellent to fall in love with it.

@tigerfish - Haha….you are just so sweet! :D

@citronetvanille - Thanks very much, Silvia! :D I really hope all my friends who are going through very difficult times will see better times and feel better very soon.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Thanks very much, Sarah! :D I had a wonderful Easter.

@Mimi - Thanks very much Mimi! You are such an encouragement :D

Thas  on April 7th, 2010

Hope you had a great Eater with your family. I love lemony flavor in cakes, this is such an easy recipe. Btw how is the star cook doing? I meant your daughter, waiting for her next post :)

cookie  on April 7th, 2010

Hi Mary, thanks for the very inspiring post!

The cake looks good - I have only some oranges in the fridge now - gonna bake some tonight!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Thas - Yes, I had a lovely Easter with family and friends. My star….very relaxed when I’m around…haha :D She know I’ll cook. I’ll have to pester her to do more cooking to share.

@Cookie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Tan! :D Orange cake will be just as delicious….my favourite too.

msmeanie  on April 8th, 2010

Love your quote about life and lemons! Lemon cake is the one citrus dessert that I actually like and yours looks fantastic. I bet it was perfect for Easter.

The Duo Dishes  on April 8th, 2010

Very smart message. We have to go with life, no matter what happens. Love the cake!

Catherine  on April 8th, 2010

This lemon cake looks wonderful Mary! I hope you and yours had a beautiful, blessed Easter holiday!
Hugs & blessings~

cookie  on April 8th, 2010

Hi Mary,
sorry to come knocking 2 days in a row.
Using your recipe, I baked the orange cake last night, and it was fabulous!

BIG Thankie to you.

Mary  on April 9th, 2010

@msmeanie - Thanks very much! Lemon cake is always my favourite. I love the beautiful tangy smell…mmm It just makes me smile :D

@The Duo Dishes - Thanks very much! :D

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D We did have a good Easter. Hope you had, too.

@cookie - Thanks very much for updates! I’m so excited to know that your cake turned out great with orange. I’m going to try that soon. :D

joylicious  on April 15th, 2010

How wonderful!!!!! I loved your writing in this post, very inspiring. And the cake? BEAUTIFUL it looks so moist and gosh anything lemon I am there.

Mary  on April 16th, 2010

@Joylicious - Thanks very much, Joy! That’s very encouraging :D

Michael Cavinta  on May 18th, 2010

That lemon cake sure made me really hungry. Thanks for sharing this great recipe to us. I would surely try making this at a recent get together I am gonna have with my high school friends. As one for my friends who work for a coffee making machines company, this would go great with a cup of hot espresso. Kudos!

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