Introducing… Booklish! A new, biweekly feature showcasing culinary creations (with accompanying recipes) inspired by books or fictional characters. Read more about this feature here. This inaugural installment is devoted to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Today, we have brick-layered lemon yellow cake with lemon frosting “mortar”, an outside layer of whipped lime icing, sprinkled poppy seeds along the sides, and shards of lime emerald hard candy pieces scattered on top.
When we began considering The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the most obvious impressions that came to mind were Emerald City, the yellow brick road, and themes of childhood adventure and magic. A fluffy, fruity cake seemed most appropriate for representing the glorious imagination of childhood, so we went with lemon and lime flavors. Color is a prominent motif in the book, and plays a strong role in the colors of this cake. The brick layering and candy shards are obviously inspired by the yellow brick road and Emerald City, and of course there are poppy seeds for the Deadly Poppy Field.
Try making this yourself and sitting down with a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
Suggested drink: A fruit tea