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Monday, April 2, 2012

Scrumptious Lemon Cake

There is just something about lemons and springtime. The bright yellow and tart taste scream spring and summer. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Lemon Cake recipes. This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees and grease and flour two loaf pans. Cream Butter and 2 cups sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time and the lemon zest.

All the fresh lemon is what makes this scrumptious!!

Stir the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in bowl. In another bowl combine 1/4 c lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixture alternately to the batter.

Divide the batter evenly between the pans and smooth top. Bake for 45 min to an hour. Do not overcook!!

Combing 1/2 c granulated sugar with 1/2 c lemon juice in a saucepan and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves.

When cakes are done allow to cool 10 min. Remove from pans and set them on a rack over a tray and spoon lemon syrup over them. Allow to cool.

For glaze, combine the confectioners sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl til smooth. Pour over cakes and let drizzle down sides.

I love this because it makes two loaves. Great to keep one and give one away! You can also freeze for a treat later on!

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you bake this and I will give you a shout out!!

1/2 pound unsalted butter
2 1/2 c sugar
4 extra large eggs at room temp
1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6-8 lemons)
3c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
 1 t salt
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
3/4 c buttermilk
1 t pure vanilla

For Glaze
2 c confectioners' sugar, sifted
3 1/2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice


Great for Easter!

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Unknown said...

Yum! Too bad I don't live closer....I'd be over right now with my gallon of milk! ;)

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Yum!!! I love lemon cakes, lemon cookies, lemonade ~ well anything with lemon!!!
I'll have to give this one a try!
Thanks for sharing!
Prim Blessings

Maria said...

Your lemon cake looks beautiful! I've made this Barefoot Contessa recipe several times too and it's always FABULOUS! One of my absolute favorites! You reminded me that I haven't made it in a while.... maybe this Easter!

Cindy said...

I've wanted to make this recipe for ages, so now is the time. Perfect for spring. It looks refreshing and delicious!

Sammi Jutt said...

First, I would like to thank Dreaming in Color for sharing such a delicious cake recipe. I will arrange an event in the future, so I am thinking of making some delicious food for the guest. I am also thinking of serving my guests with takeaway packaging to allow them to take some food home with them. So, Dreaming in Color and Rush Custom Boxes have made it easier for me to handle all of this. I ordered a few custom cake boxes from Rush Custom Boxes, and soon the boxes will be delivered to my doorstep. Then I'll start making a lemon cake using your recipe. If all goes well, I'll do it every month.

Jack Hall said...

There is something so beautiful about your lemon cake! There have been several times when I have made this Barefoot Contessa recipe and I have always enjoyed it! There is nothing I love more than one of my absolute favorites! Thanks for reminding me that I had not prepared this dish for a while... I might be able to make it for Easter this year! It is my intention to pack these lemon cakes into Cup Cake Boxes and send them to my friends as gifts.

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