Since the girls were coming over I felt I had to whip up some dainty treats for us to nibble upon. After an afternoon perusing my mountains of cookery books I finally decided upon ginger Madeleine's (which I forgot to photograph), sugar cookies and a gorgeous lemon cloud cake.
Having never flood filled a cookie before, I knew it was something I needed to try. Rather than starting out with something complex, I decided on some simple hearts. I got the recipe for the royal icing from Not Quite Nigella after I read about her maiden voyage into flood filling (you must check out her super adorable poodle cookies). The whole process was actually a lot easier than I first though, well, once I got the hang of it. Out of the 12 cookies I made, only 8 of them were worthy of the girls.
The cloud cake was something I've been meaning to make for the longest time. I'm utterly obsessed with lemon deserts, lemon meringue pie being my absolute favorite! This cake embodies everything a lemon meringue pie offers with the amazing addition of a fluffy sponge base. Not only does it look absolutely dreamy but when you slice it open, lemon curd comes spilling out, soaking into the cake layer, yum!! You can find the recipe on the BBC Good Food site.