4/22/11

26 A Lemon Dessert for Spring

Spring is finally here and things are just starting to warm up.  I love anything lemon-based, but it's not my husband's favorite.  Sure, he loves lemonade and can drink it by the gallon, but give him a lemon cake, and he's meh....

That's good news.  For me, that is.  That means I get to eat this cake all by myself.

This recipe uses lemon zest, which adds a lemony layer to the cake.

Make sure the lemons are zested first.  It'd kinda hard to zest an empty lemon...

Then juiced...

The zest is chopped up even finer...(great for your pickiest eaters who say, ewwwww, what's the little yellow thingies in my cake?)  You won't even be able to see the zest in this cake.

As the ingredients are mixed up, you should get a nice, thick batter that looks like this.  Resist the incredible urge eat a giant spoonful...

This method of preparing a cake pan is new to me...First you mix flour and melted butter...

then use a pastry brush to spread the mixture all inside the pan.  I'm used to buttering first, then dumping some flour to coat the pan.  Let's see if this method works...

Batter is put into the greased pan and baked.  A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean.


Bundt cakes are tricky.  If you let it sit in the pan, the entire cake will stick.  If you remove it right out of the oven, it will stick.  The recipe says to wait 10 minutes, then put a plate or rack on top of the cake, then flip it over.
 Did it stick? Just a wee bit...


A glace of confectioner's sugar, buttermilk, and lemon juice is immediately put onto the cake and allowed to soak in ...

The glaze ran off instead of soaking in.  Next time, I'm going to take a bamboo skewer, poke holes all over the cake and pour the glaze on.

You wait an hour, and put the rest of the glaze on and let it cool for another hour.  Boy, it was hard to be patient, I tell you!

One thing I like about bundt cakes is that you can either have a thick slice or a skinny slice.  Just cut along the indents of the cake.

Me?  A thick slice, please.

A bite...

Mmmmm....not as fluffy as a cake mix, but not as dense as a pound cake.  Lemony, but not tart till you reach the glaze.   A very moist, tender cake!

I had this cake every morning for breakfast.  It was that good.
The end.

Lemon Bundt Cake
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