Goodnight Moon Cake

About: I am a therapist and in my spare time, I like to bake and craft to de-stress. Check out the link to my cake website to see more of my work. I also have a blog:

Intro: Goodnight Moon Cake

This is a recipe for a lemon chiffon cake with decorating tips to create your own Goodnight Moon cake

Step 1: Supplies

  • 2 1/4 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil (safflower oil suggested)
  • 7 large eggs separated + 3 additional whites
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd (optional)

For decoration you need frosting, colored candy melts, fondant and toothpicks.

Step 2: Make Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cake flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Then add all but 2 tablespoons of sugar (set aside)
  • Make a well in the center of the bowl.
  • Zest and juice lemons, and separate eggs.
  • Add oil, egg yolks, water, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla to the well and then beat until smooth.
  • If you want a stronger lemon flavor, you can choose to add some lemon curd.

Step 3: Finish With Egg Whites and Bake

  • In another bowl, beat 10 egg whites until frothy and then add cream of tartar.
  • Continue to beat until soft peaks form when the beater is raised. Beat in 2 tablespoons of sugar until stiff peaks form when the beater is raised slowly.
  • Gently fold egg whites into batter by hand until just blended.Cut partridge paper to fit the bottom of your pan and grease.
  • Pour into pans. I used two 9 inch square pans (stills pretty full), but the recipe is meant for a 10 inch tube pan.
  • Run a knife through the batter to prevent air pockets.Bake for about 30 minutes (longer for the tube pan) at 325 degrees.

Step 4: Decorate

  • Let cake cool before releasing from the pan.
  • Make frosting. I made my usual buttercream frosting but whipped in a little lemon juice and lemon curd to taste.
  • The main technique I used for the book cover is a chocolate drawing method that I created. I full photo tutorial can be found for this here.
  • All of the animals and furniture were made out of fondant and tooth picks(to help with stabilizing)



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    4 Discussions

    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    That is amazing chocolate drawing! Do you do this a lot? I see you have a nice selection of candy melts :)

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Classic book. Beautiful cake!