Friday, April 20, 2012

GCC Recipe Swap - Lemon Cake

So, a few weeks ago we thought we weren't going to have an Easter celebration on the actual day.  It sounded like one of the kids was going to be having a baseball tournament that whole weekend....including Sunday.    Aside from the fact that sports on a family oriented holiday sent me into a fit of indignation, my son really wanted to participate so we decided to forgo Easter for another time.  But lo and behold,  the parents must have rioted because at the last minute the game was cancelled and I was left with less than 24 hours to put together an Easter feast with things that were already in my cupboard.  It was kind of a fun challenge and we ended up having fried ham slices, homemade mac and cheese,  steamed broccoli, deviled eggs and this rich Lemon Cake.  I hope you like the recipe.

Lemon Cake

1 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 lb powdered sugar

Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a 9-inch tube pan or Bundt cake pan. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well until they are incorporated. Mix in the lemon zest, baking powder, and almond extract. Add the milk and flour in alternating doses, starting and ending with the milk, and mixing very well after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until the cake is browned and the sides of the cake have pulled away slightly from the sides of the pan. While the cake is baking, mix together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside. Remove the cake from the oven and poke small holes into the top of the cake using a wooden or metal skewer or cake tester. Pour about 3/4 of the glaze over the top of the cake. Cool the cake completely in the pan. Remove the cake from the pan, invert, and place on a serving plate.  Pour the remaining glaze over the top of the unglazed part of the cake.  Let sit at room temperature until the glaze dries.

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Jo-Ann said...

Gayle, the Lemon cake looks yummy, can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend. Jo-Ann

Justa said...

Oh My Goodness! What a beautiful cake! Thank you for hosting your party. I shared Awesome Skillet Fried Chicken Breasts. One of our frugal favorites. :)

Carla and Michael said...

Wow, really nice last minute Easter dinner after all. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party.