I suggest you pull out the eggs and butter and let them sit on your counter because by the time you are done reading this post (yes, I am assuming you actually read my posts ) you will need your ingredients at room temperature to make this cake. Because you will want to make this cake. I am telling you right now. It is that good!
And then make sure you remember to make it for Easter. With it’s fresh lemony flavor and gorgeous appearance it is sure to be a star on your holiday table.
Case in point.
Nothing like gorgeous sunny and bright lemons to cheer you up on these drury and long last Winter days. And it works because birds were chirping and the sun came out when I was taking these photos. Totally got me in the mood for Spring. And even more anxious for it.
After these Lemon Burst Cookies, I knew I wasn’t done with lemon desserts. They make you happy just by looking at them and apparently you guys agree with me, judging on the comments and popularity on Pinterest. (btw, thank you so much for all the pins!!!)
I received this bundt pan for Christmas and was really looking forward to using it. I just needed a good occasion and a great recipe. And here it is.
I love the design. A Simple yet striking cake. Add the glaze and you have a perfect dessert for a celebration or holidays.
As Winter is starting to exit our Midwest prairies, I seem to transition from peppermint to lemon tea. I have to say, it really became my afternoon routine. I make a steaming mug of it and enjoy it while I bake or watch reruns of “Brother’s and Sisters” on Netflix. ( So happy they have it, btw!!!)
This cake is based on a simple buttermilk cake batter. I added a zest from the whole lemon (it’s a big cake after all) and topped it with a lemon glaze. Citrus flavor all the way! While the glaze is actually more tarty than sweet (some glazes taste too sweet to me), the cake is not overwhelming in flavor. In my opinion, the two complement each other really well. The crumb is light, the outside slightly crunchy.
Easy and delicious cake with lots of lemon flavor. Perfect addition to your Easter table.
for the cake:
- 3 c all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 c granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 drops lemon extract
- freshly grated zest of a whole lemon (about 3 tsp)
- 1 c buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
for the glaze:
- 2 c powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp +more lemon juice
to make the cake:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- If using sour milk: place 1 Tbsp of white vinegar in a measuring cup and fill with enough milk to make 1 cup. Stir few times and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, soda, salt and the zest). Set aside.
- Generously grease and flour the bundt pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add vanilla, lemon extract and beat well again.
- With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the cake for 2 minutes in the pan. Place a cake plate over the top of the pan and carefully flip it upside down. If the cake won't release right away, tap the pan gently until it does. Cool cake completely before glazing.
make the glaze:
- Place powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk in, adding another tablespoon. You want thick but drizzling consistency. You may need to add more juice. I ended up adding another 1,5 tsp.
- Glaze the cooled cake.
- Store remaining cake in a closed container for up to 4 days.
If using sour milk: place 1 Tbsp of white vinegar in a measuring cup and fill with enough milk to make 1 cup. Stir few times and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
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