Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow …

– Coldplay

While I was in Italy, the incredible Barbara of announced the details of the 2009 LiveSTRONG With a Taste of Yellow event. This is an event that Barbara created as a way of supporting Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation. This year, LIVESTRONG DAY is on October 2nd.

Every year, when Barbara announces the details of her event, I am reminded of the importance of being united. With the simplest of gestures, by cooking or baking something yellow, we can all stand together in the fight against cancer.

It’s a powerful thing that Barbara does.

I’m honoured that I can take part.

For this year’s contribution to Barbara’s event, I’m submitting these little cakes that I actually made awhile ago using an ingredient that I tried for the very first time: Meyer lemons.

As you can imagine, Meyer lemons are difficult to source in Toronto. But one day, quite by surprise, I found some beautiful ones at my local grocery store so I loaded up on them.

Before I baked with them, I decided to taste them and was surprosed by their taste. I found the lemons to be a bit sweeter than regular lemons with less sourness. They seemed less acidic as well.

Happy with my purchase, I couldn’t wait to bake with them. I chose to try the Meyer Lemon Cake recipe from Chez Panisse Cooking by Paul Bertolli. Instead of making a 9-inch cake, I used a mini-bundt pan and made ten baby cakes.


The cakes were so pretty and the lemon flavour was very subtle. I glazed them and added a bit of lemon zest and some sweetened whipped cream when I served them.

If you have a moment on October 2nd, 2009, take some time to celebrate LIVESTRONG DAY and Barbara, for her incredible accomplishments.


Here are some Meyer lemon recipes that you might enjoy:

The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake
Meyer Lemon Cake with Lavender Cream
Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake