For all the lemon lovers this Sweet, Tart and Tangy Lemon Cake is for you. Baked golden brown with juicy lemon pieces baked in the batter, this cake is lemony delicious.
This year I have been blessed with an abundance of lemons. Years ago we planted two different kinds of lemon trees. One has been supplying us with lemons for eight years, and the other tree, maybe five lemons a year. I gave up on that tree; it’s nice and green, produces fragrant flowers but no lemons. That was until this year, and not only did it produce lemons, but really nice tart, juicy, yellow beauties. So now I have two trees and more lemons than I can handle. Even friends and family have nicely told me to stop bringing them lemons.
We have a constant pitcher of lemonade in the fridge and containers of frozen lemon juice and zest in the freezer for the time when I realize I have no more lemons. Even my family has grown a little tired of everything having lemons in it. We have a lot of baked goods from lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, lemon brownies, lemon shortbreads and our favorite this Sweet, Tart and Tangy Lemon Cake.
Lemony and Luscious
What to do with lemons?
- Make lemonade
- Juice the lemons and pour into ice cube trays and freeze for later
- Zest the lemons and freeze in ziplock bags for adding to all kinds of recipes
- You can actually freeze whole lemons and grate them while frozen
Lately, I have been inundated with layered cakes covered in buttercream and I am glad to have a nice, simple cake with a lemon glaze.
What makes this cake so good is the different types of lemon flavors that are added to the batter and icing.
- lemon zest
- lemon pieces
- lemon juice
- lemon icing
This cake has pieces of lemon baked into the cake that adds some surprising lemon flavor.
Make sure to check out this One Hot Oven post this figure out the amount of juice in a lemon to help you know how many lemons to buy for a recipe.
How to make a lemon cake
Step 2. Next, make the lemon pieces by slicing the peel off the lemon then supreme the slices which simply means to remove the membrane from the lemon slices so they end up nice and clean looking. Once you remove the membrane break up the slices into small pieces which will be added to the cake batter.
With all this zesting and slicing your kitchen will have a wonderful citrus smell to it. I love that!
Step 3. Mix the sugar and lemon zest together until completely mixed. This step flavors the sugar and adds more of the lemon flavor to the cake batter.
Step 4. Make the batter by beating the softened butter, then add half the lemon/sugar mixture and beat until combined then add the other half of the lemon/sugar mixture and beat for four minutes.
Step 5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well to totally combine.
Step 6. With the mixer on low add all the dry ingredients and mix well and scrape the bowl often. Next, mix in the sour cream.
Step 7. Peel the lemons and supreme the slices, meaning removing the pith and membranes from the lemon. Do this over a bowl to collect the juices.
Step 8. After the batter is mixed, add the lemons and all the juice that is in the bowl after supreming, to the bowl, and mix by hand until incorporated.
Step 9. Pour the batter into a prepared bundt pan.
This is my tip for preparing a bundt pan, heavily butter the pan and then sprinkle sugar all over to cover the pan instead of using flour. Using sugar leaves a nice coating on the cake and you won’t have that flour coating left on the baked cake.
Step 10. You are now ready to bake and this cake for 1 1/4 hours. I know this is quite a long time but this cake is very dense and needs time to fully bake.
Step 11. Once the cake is baked let it cool completely before depanning. Once the cake is cooled it is ready for some lovely icing drizzle which is simply made by mixing powdered sugar lemon zest and lemon juice until combined and then drizzle this on top of the cake.
You can see the pieces of lemon in the cake. That is what makes this cake so good.
The icing drizzle
After an afternoon of baking, it’s time for a slice of this tasty cake, along with a pot of tea and fresh berries.
For all, you lemon lovers here are a few favorite lemon recipes you can try
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Sweet, Tart and Tangy Lemon Cake
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and thoroughly grease and sugar a bundt pan
- Zest four lemons.
- Remove the peel from the lemons by cutting it away vertically. Next holding the lemon over a bowl, supreme each lemon by cutting each segment on either side of the membrane to remove the flesh. When done make sure to remove any seeds and break up the lemon segments in the juice.
- Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and mix with your fingers until the sugar becomes moist and grainy.
- In a mixing bowl beat the butter for two minutes. Add half the sugar/lemon mixture, beat again for two minutes then add the remaining sugar/lemon mixture; beat for four minutes. Make sure to scrape the bowl occasionally.
- Add the eggs to the above mixture one at a time, beating each just until combined.
- On the lowest setting beat in the dry ingredients.
- Beat in the sour cream.
- Fold in the lemon segments and all the juice in the bowl.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until cake tester at the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.
Making the glaze
- In a small bowl add the powdered sugar. Zest and juice one lemon and add this to the powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.
I hope you try making this cake, it mixes up fast and looks so pretty. Add some raspberries or strawberries on the side for some extra color. Enjoy!
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You can’t go wrong with a classic bundt pan for all types of cakes and desserts.
Using the right knife makes cutting citrus so much easier. I love using a serrated knife to make the lemon slices.
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