Lemon Torte di Lefkothea


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I have a friend. Her name is Lefkothea. Lefkothea was a sea divinity who saved Odysseus when he capsized close to the island of Phaeacians, his last destination before home.

I know Lefkothea, my friend, since 1979. I was 10 years old when we moved to a new home and I went to a new school. And there I met her. We were at the sixth grade of elementary school and we continued to be friends and colleagues up to the end of high school. I know her for 33 years and I consider her to be one of the most honest, straight forward and kind persons I have ever met. We are different in many aspects of our lives, but alike in so many others.

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Anyway, now she is married just like me, she has a son just like me and she likes to cook just like me. Couple of months ago we went at her place and she served us a beautiful dinner, but what has won our hearts and especially my husband’s was the dessert.

Of course I asked the recipe and of course she gave it to me. This torte comes from a family recipe. Her mother makes it and has given it to my friend and she in turn gave it to me. She has given me another one for another great dessert, but I will post that one a little later. Anyway, as I said, I wanted to make something non-chocolate to please my husband plus I wanted to tell you about my friend. The torte is delicious and I encourage you to try it, if you like the lemon taste in your sweets. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients and instructions, I wanted to be as thorough as possible. It certainly needs time to prepare, but it is not difficult at all. I did it in two days. The first day I did the cake and the cream and the second day I did the syrup and the assembly! Let’s go and make it then.

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Lemon Torte di Lefkothea

Ingredients

For the cake

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup sugar

4 eggs

Zest of one lemon

1 hipping tsp baking powder

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 For the cream

1 can evaporated milk

1 can water

4 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

Zest from one lemon

1 tbsp butter (I used margarine)

3 tbsp flour

4 tbsp corn flour

1 cup sugar

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For the syrup

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

1 tbsp white rum (but you can add whatever you like)

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For the decoration

2 X 200gr./7 oz. heavy cream

4 tbsp sugar

M&M’s or whatever you want to give color

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Instructions

For the cake

Beat the egg whites until they become meringue.

Add to it the sugar, the egg yolks, the flour with the baking powder and the lemon zest.

Pour the batter to a round pan about 29 cm/11 to 12 inches.

Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C/345° F for about 30 minutes at the lowest rack of the oven.

When it cools, take dental floss (yes, yes, you saw it right, dental floss with no flavor) and cut the cake in two equally heighted pieces.

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For the cream

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale.

Throw the flour and the corn flour dissolved in 3 tbsp of the cold milk.

Place the rest of the milk along with the water in a pot. When it gets hot, but not bubbly, throw the egg batter and whisk until it starts to thicken.

Just before removing it from the fire, throw the lemon zest and immediately after removing from fire, pour the vanilla extract and the butter.

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For the syrup

In a pot throw the sugar and the water.

Boil for about 5 minutes and remove it from fire.

Pour the liquor

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Assembly

Take a platter big enough to put your torte.

Take one of the cake pieces and place it on the platter.

Brush it with half of the syrup quantity.

Pour half of the cream and spread it evenly.

Place the second piece of cake.

Brush it with the rest of the syrup.

Pour the rest of the cream.

Refrigerate until it stabilizes.

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I decorated it on top and on the sides with 2 X 200 gr. /7 oz. of heavy cream whipped with 4 tbsp of sugar as Chantilly. But you can decorate it as you like!

 

Note: If you want the cream to be more than the cake layers then just double the quantity!

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I am sending this to Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen and to Around My Kitchen Table and Sugar Me Up hosted by Wendy!

4.9 from 10 reviews

Lemon Torte di Lefkothea
 
A recipe by my friend Lefkothea
Author/ Συγγραφέας:

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the cake
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 hipping tsp baking powder
For the cream
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can water
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 tbsp butter (I used margarine)
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 cup sugar
For the syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp white rum (but you can add whatever you like)
For the decoration
  • 2 X 200gr. /7 oz. heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • M&M’s or whatever you want to give color

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the cake
  1. Beat the egg whites until they become meringue.
  2. Add to it the sugar, the egg yolks, the flour with the baking powder and the lemon zest.
  3. Pour the batter to a round pan about 29 cm/11 to 12 inches.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C/345° F for about 30 minutes at the lowest rack of the oven.
  5. When it cools, take dental floss (yes, yes, you saw it right, dental floss with no flavor) and cut the cake in two equally heighted pieces.
For the cream
  1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale.
  2. Throw the flour and the corn flour dissolved in 3 tbsp of the cold milk.
  3. Place the rest of the milk along with the water in a pot. When it gets hot, but not bubbly, throw the egg batter and whisk until it starts to thicken.
  4. Just before removing it from the fire, throw the lemon zest and immediately after removing from fire, pour the vanilla extract and the butter.
For the syrup
  1. In a pot throw the sugar and the water.
  2. Boil for about 5 minutes and remove it from fire.
  3. Pour the liquor
Assembly
  1. Take a platter big enough to put your torte.
  2. Take one of the cake pieces and place it on the platter.
  3. Brush it with half of the syrup quantity.
  4. Pour half of the cream and spread it evenly.
  5. Place the second piece of cake.
  6. Brush it with the rest of the syrup.
  7. Pour the rest of the cream.
  8. Refrigerate until it stabilizes.
  9. I decorated it on top and on the sides with 2 X 200 gr. /7 oz. of heavy cream whipped with 4 tbsp of sugar as Chantilly. But you can decorate it as you like!

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
If you want the cream to be more than the cake layers then just double the quantity!

4.9 from 10 reviews

Τούρτα Λεμόνι της Λευκοθέας
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για το Παντεσπάνι
  • 1 φλ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • ¾ φλ. ζάχαρη
  • 4 αυγά
  • Ξύσμα από ένα λεμόνι
  • 1 γεμάτο κ.γ. μπέικινγκ πάουντερ
Για την κρέμα
  • 1 κουτί συμπυκνωμένο γάλα
  • 1 κουτί νερό
  • 4 κρόκοι αυγών
  • 1 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • Ξύσμα από ένα λεμόνι
  • βούτυρο 1 κ.γ. (χρησιμοποίησα μαργαρίνη)
  • 3 κ.σ. αλεύρι
  • 4 κ.σ. κορν φλάουρ
  • 1 φλ. ζάχαρη
Για το σιρόπι
  • ½ φλ. ζάχαρη
  • ½ φλ. νερό
  • 1 κ.σ. λευκό ρούμι (αλλά μπορείτε να προσθέσετε ό, τι σας αρέσει)
Για τη διακόσμηση
  • 400 γρ.. κρέμα γάλακτος
  • 4 κ.σ. ζάχαρη
  • M & M του ή οτιδήποτε άλλο θέλετε για να δώσετε χρώμα

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για το Παντεσπάνι
  1. Χτυπήστε τα ασπράδια των αυγών μέχρι να γίνουν μαρέγκα.
  2. Προσθέστε τη ζάχαρη, τους κρόκους αυγού, το αλεύρι με το baking powder και το ξύσμα λεμονιού.
  3. Βάλτε το μείγμα σε ένα ταψί περίπου 29 cm.
  4. Ψήστε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 175 ° C για 30 λεπτά περίπου στο χαμηλό επίπεδο του φούρνου.
  5. Βγάλτε το και αφήστε το να κρυώσει.
  6. Όταν κρυώσει με ένα οδοντικό νήμα (ναι, ναι, είδατε σωστά, οδοντικό νήμα χωρίς καμία γεύση) κόψτε την τούρτα σε δύο ίσους δίσκους.
Για την κρέμα
  1. Χτυπήστε τους κρόκους με τη ζάχαρη μέχρι να αφρατέψουν.
  2. Ρίξτε το αλεύρι και το κορν φλάουρ διαλυμένο σε 3 κ.σ. κρύο γάλα.
  3. Βαλτε το υπόλοιπο το γάλα μαζί με το νερό σε μία κατσαρόλα.
  4. Όταν ζεσταθεί, αλλά δεν βράζει ακόμα, ρίξτε το μείγμα αυγού και ανακατέψτε γρήγορα μέχρι να αρχίσει να πήζει.
  5. Λίγο πριν το βγάλετε από τη φωτιά, ρίξτε το ξύσμα λεμονιού και μόλις το βγάλετε από την φωτιά, ρίξτε το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας και το βούτυρο.
Για το σιρόπι
  1. Σε ένα κατσαρολάκι ρίξτε τη ζάχαρη και το νερό.
  2. Βράστε επί 5 λεπτά περίπου και αποσύρετε από φωτιά.
  3. Ρίξτε το λικέρ.
Συναρμολόγηση
  1. Πάρτε μια πιατέλα μεγάλη ώστε να χωράει την τούρτα.
  2. Πάρτε τον ένα δίσκο από το παντεσπάνι και βάλτε το στην πιατέλα.
  3. Με ένα πινέλο αλείψτε το με το μισό της ποσότητας του σιροπιού.
  4. Απλώστε τη μισή από την κρέμα και στρώστε τη ομοιόμορφα.
  5. Τοποθετήστε το δεύτερο κομμάτι από το παντεσπάνι.
  6. Με το πινέλο αλείψτε το με το υπόλοιπο της ποσότητας του σιροπιού.
  7. Απλώστε από πάνω την υπόλοιπη ποσότητα κρέμας.
  8. Βάλτε στο ψυγείο μέχρι να σταθεροποιηθεί.
Εγώ τη διακόσμησα με 400 γρ. κρέμα γάλακτος χτυπημένη με 4 κ.σ. ζάχαρης σε σαντιγύ και Μ & Μ.
Εσείς μπορείτε να τη διακοσμήσετε όπως σας αρέσει!
Σημείωση: Αν θέλετε η κρέμα να είναι περισσότερη σε κάθε στρώση απλά διπλασιάστε τις ποσότητες!

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή της φίλης μου της Λευκής!

 

64 Responses to Lemon Torte di Lefkothea

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  1. bergamot says:

    Love the citrusy flavors in the cake which goes well with the cream.

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  3. Blogging has opened a whole new world for me. I have seen cakes with cream icing, lemon curd and jams as filling. This is so unique.
    Its nice to have great friends like, Lefkotia

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  5. Lori says:

    Beautiful! And all that goodness in the filling when you cut into it? I can almost taste it. Yum!

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  7. sally says:

    This looks amazing! It is great that you provide all of those pictures of the steps for making the cake. I’ll have to give it a try.

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  9. Joanne says:

    now that is one seriously gorgeous cake! I love lemony desserts but that is really…just…WOW.

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  11. muppy says:

    it looks seriously incredible, i really want some.

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  13. wow, that looks stunning… love the flavours going in there!

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  15. Julie says:

    Beautiful! My grandmother was Swedish. I remember as a small girl her making a torte similar to this one. She passed away when I was 10. I wish now I had her recipe. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  17. gloria says:

    Love this tarta Katerina look absolutely delicious and georgeous!!

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  19. MayMoh says:

    It’s always so wonderful to meet up with good friends! Best of all is when you share the same interest. Love your dessert. It just looks so mouth-watering. I would enjoy licking the lemon cream :D Thanks very much for sharing. Wish I can have a piece now before gong to bed :P

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  21. Nadji says:

    Bravo Katerina, ton gâteau est magnifique. Bravo!!!
    A bientôt

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  23. What a beautiful cake! I’m going to make this for my little sister’s 11th birthday! :)

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  25. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Such lovely pictures, I like the dental floss idea :)

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  27. Oh Katerina, your Lemon Torte is so beautiful and really tempting! Wish I could have a thick slice right now!

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  29. Cucina49 says:

    OMG, that cake is oozing with custard and lemony goodness, not to mention that frosting! It looks absolutely delightful.

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  31. This looks so beautiful and delicious, thank you for sharing!

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  33. Love the layering in this-yum! The cake with the lemon pastry cream does make for an elegant as well as delicious dessert. I am so glad that your friend was kind enough to give you this recipe, it is truly a winner. Thanks so much for passing it along.

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  35. Wow! This looks incredibly delicious…and no, I am not intimidated by the long list of ingredients especially when the final result is lip-smacking good :) You are indeed lucky to have such a wonderful friend. Thanks so much to your friend and of course to you for sharing this beautiful dessert.

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  37. Eliot says:

    This looks spectacular! I would love a serving of this now. I bet it was the hit of the dinner party!

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  39. What a delightful lemon cake! Love those colourful sprinkles atop.

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  41. Susan says:

    Just gorgeous! I adore creamy lemon desserts!

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  43. Asmita says:

    Hi Katerina,
    That is one gorgeous cake! I am so craving this right now.

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  46. Raina says:

    This looks amazing! I love lemony desserts. You decorated it so beautifully too. Thanks for the excellent instruction:)

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  48. Xara says:

    Katerina,the torte looks stunning!!!I really wish I had a slice..True friends are precious,like jewels,I’m glad you’re blessed to have Lefkothea..:)Wishing you a great week,XO

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  50. How delicious! I love the oozing lemon filling. Looks great!

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  52. Juliana says:

    This cake looks so “happy”, I love the lemon flavor and the creamy filling…if I only could dig my fork in this cake…
    It is so nice that you both grew alike…and get to share similar likes :)
    Thanks for sharing such a precious recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead Katerina!

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  54. beti says:

    wow! it looks really fluffy, fresh and delicious even though it has layers it still looks light

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  56. Kathy says:

    Katerina, This torte looks absolutely gorgeous! How nice of your friend to share the recipe for this luscious looking torte with you!

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  58. Ria says:

    I really enjoyed reading about your friend and this torte is AMAZING! I pinned it, I printed it. It is my kind of dessert; I am hoping this is one that i can make the day before and ice it with the whipped cream the same day you serve it. A WOW dessert. Good one Katerina. I do prefer white to chocolate anytime.
    Rita

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  60. Faith says:

    What a beautiful cake! It looks like it has the perfect texture and I love that creamy filling. A huge thank-you to you and your sweet friend for sharing!

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  62. What a gorgeous cake!!! And how special to have a friend like that.

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  64. Wow, this cake looks so yummy. Lemon is one of my favorites for desserts!

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  66. Miriam says:

    I think that dessert would have won ANYONE’S heart :) . So beautiful and delicious! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  68. Grace says:

    This looks like a beatiful cake!
    I love the sprinkles, it totally reminds me of Funfetti Cake!

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  70. Liz says:

    I would have begged for the recipe! And you recreated it SO beautifully!!! So lovely!!!

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  72. Un pastel de maravilla cremoso y tentador,envíame un trozo por favor estoy desesperada amiga,una torta perfecta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  74. Marion says:

    Πολύ ωραία η τούρτα της φίλης σου Κατερίνα.
    Φαίνεται φανταστική όχι μόνο σε εμφάνιση, αλλά και σε γεύση.
    Την βάζω στα υπόψη γιατί είναι πολύ ωραία κι ελαφριά μετά από ένα γεύμα.
    Μ αράσει και το λεμόνι..:)

    Φιλιά

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  76. Mary says:

    Be still my heart, this sounds heavenly!!

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  78. Jeannie says:

    That is one very lovely cake and bet it’s delicious like you said, worth every single effort like you said….certainly look it!

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  80. Sandi says:

    Hhaha…Love your ‘note’ at the end about adding more cream! ;)

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  82. Ambreen says:

    Wow, looks so tempting. Beautifully written & gorgeous pictures! Thanks to your talented friend for sharing this wonderful recipe with us!

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  84. mari says:

    Λαχταριστή τούρτα!! θα μου άρεσε να έχει και χυμό λεμονιού Κατερίνα.
    Μπράβο σε σένα και την φίλη σου, θέλει όντως 2 μέρες να φτιαχτεί μια τούρτα.
    Φιλιά πολλά.

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  86. Kate says:

    I don’t know any of my friends for that long – but I hope someday to!

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  88. Lovely post and adore lemon desserts.

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  90. Susan says:

    I forgot to add how wonderful it is that you have such a long-lasting friendship!

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  92. Susan says:

    I love lemony desserts, Katerina! I’m saving a copy of this one to try one day. It is so pretty and sounds delicious.

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  94. Υπέροχη η τούρτα της Λευκοθέας! Έχει λίγη δουλίτσα, αλλά πραγματικά αξίζει τον κόπο! Η κρέμα φαίνεται πολύ πλούσια και λαχταριστή!
    Φιλιά Κατερίνα μου, καλό σαββατοκύριακο!

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  96. Claire says:

    Looks so yummy, your lemon cakes are always a hit. I will have to try this one with that delicious filling. I have a friend I have known since I was very young and even if we don’t see each other for a while, when we get back together it’s like we pick up right where we left off! True friends like that are treasures.

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  98. Ola says:

    First of all-a nice name Lefkothea!
    This torte looks delicious, I like everything with lamon flavour!

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  100. Julie M. says:

    What a beautiful cake and a beautiful story! Your friends sounds like one in a million. Those are always the best kind. :) I love lemon desserts so I know I’d enjoy this torte.

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  102. This looks absolutely stunning – the flavours, presentations everything!
    Thank you for the pictorial also :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  104. Ξανθή says:

    Καλημέρα Κατερίνα!!Εγώ με αυτά τα γλυκά δεν τα πάω και πολύ καλά, αλλά βλέποντας την φωτογραφία σου ενθουσιάστηκα, κι από όσα διαβάζω ευχαρίστως θα την έτρωγα!!

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  106. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου είναι πανέμορφη η τούρτα σου, μπράβο!Σίγουρα νοστιμότατη χωρίς καμία αμφιβολία.Οι φωτογραφίες σου φοβερές!!!
    Φιλιά πολλά!!!

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  108. Not only a fabulous cake, it has sweet sentiments attached to it, from a wonderful friend. That slice looks amazing!

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  110. Jay says:

    OMG…LOOKS ABSOLUTELY DIVINE
    LOVE YOUR EXCELLENT CLIKS..
    PICTURE PERFECT PRESENTATION..
    KEEP ROCKING DEAR..!

    Tasty Appetite

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  112. That is a beautiful lemon torte made even more special by friendship. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Velva

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  114. Shannon says:

    oh wow, look at that creamy filling! definitely a cake my mom would love, maybe I can make it for her next time i’m home :)

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  116. Tante Kiki says:

    Μμμμμμμμμ!! Μιαμμμμμμμ!!! Νοστιμότατο!!!!!!

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  118. Kristen says:

    My family would love that cake. It is so beautiful and the creamy filling looks so wonderful. How fun to have a friend for so long!!

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  120. Margarita says:

    Katerina, what a beautiful cake! Looking at all the richness in the ingredients, I already know how heavenly this must taste. Should I wait for an occasion to make this? Maybe not! Your friend seems really sweet, don’t you just love it when you find a soulmate girlfriend?

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  122. Marina says:

    Katerina, this cake is super! It has a special meaning to you which makes it just perfect. Well done!

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  124. Sissi says:

    Katerina, I am in awe! What a gorgeous cake! I am impressed by both your culinary and photographic skills. The step-by-step photos are perfect. This looks like a professional pastry chef’s work!

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  126. What a beautiful cake. It sounds similar to a cake that I used to buy for special occasions from an Italian bakery in Florida. Thank you for this recipe…I’m definitely going to try it.

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