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To get a nice log shape, lay the cake on a kitchen towel, fill it, roll it, then clip the towel's ends together with clothespins until the cake sets. We used frozen currants as a garnish, but frozen grapes work just as well. You may substitute cream cheese for the mascarpone; add two more tablespoons sugar and a half teaspoon vanilla.

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This sunny cake is coauthor Victoria Pearson's go-to dessert. "I always have a surplus of citrus," she says, "and it's super-easy." The inspiration was an old French recipe that used oranges--but she swapped those out for lemons. "The sugar syrup you make with them soaks into the cake, so it's very moist and very aromatic," she says. It's delicious plain--but you can also top it off with a sprinkling of candied lemon slices for a bright finish to any dinner gathering. Recipe reprinted from Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes copyright © 2015 by Valerie Aikman-Smith. Photos © 2015 by Victoria Pearson. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.