Orange Trees, Lime Trees & The Stella McCartney Citrus Cake

Citrus Cake

Here is something I learned this winter:  My citrus trees (I have an orange tree that was a mothers day gift about 4 years ago and a lime tree that was a gift from my mother about 3 years ago) prefer a bit more winter cold than I thought they would.   For many years I was bringing them into my living room for the winter.  Every year, they complained (as loudly a citrus trees can complain) about the dryness and the scale that unrelentingly attacked them was just one big gross mess.   Needless to say, they have never thrived enough to actually set fruit.

But this year, I kept them in the much cooler 3 -seasons porch.  I knew they wouldn’t freeze solid, but I was concerned that I was taking my chances with killing them with a bit too much cold.  Caution was thrown to the wind.  Because I also had about a dozen other plants there (babysitting the neighbors houseplants) the room stayed very humid and the result is that for the first time, I have baby fruit.  I also didn’t have a stitch of scale.    Fingers crossed that the oranges and limes will be harvest-able before the end of the summer season — because I am making this beauty of a cake that I found via poppytalk even if I have to go to the grocery store to do it!

Appollina created it after being inspired by a Stella McCartney dress.  Don’t you just love the creative process and seeing where the ideas for beautiful things like this comes from!

Recipe: Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Orange Lemon Icing (a.k.a. Stella Cake)

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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2 Comments

  1. Dawn/LitttleGreenFingers on June 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Is it wrong that I prefer Stella McCartney’s designs done as cakes?

  2. rochelle on June 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Dawn — I’m with you on that one.

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