Friday, March 05, 2010

Lemon Cake


A few weeks ago, I went to a family's home to cook them a meal. The family had 4 or 5 children and one of them, a girl of about 9 years of age, was very curious about what I was cooking and so always made excuse to come in. She's particularly interested in one pot with bubbling yellow liquid.

'What is it?' she asked, with her big amber eyes and that flawless porcelain face facing to me, I really had no heart to send her away immediately (as the work zone could be dangerous to children).

'It is lemon sauce.' I cut my answer short, hoping that she'd go away but she didn't.

'Do you like lemon?' I continued while my head was actually figuring her favorite fruit either banana or apple.

'Yes I do! Really love it!' she said it without hesitation!

Good for her! Maybe if I eat more lemon, my skin would be rejuvenated and turning to be that smooth?!! Well well well, I do prefer lemon cake taste very lemon-y, and look yellow-ish. Therefore, I've included lemon pulps and turmeric in this recipe, then drizzled hot lemon glaze right before serving. Awww... her porcelain face appears in my mind again!


Recipe of Lemon Cake (yield one loaf)

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar (for less sweet)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbps lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (you may not use it all)
  • 1 Tbp lemon pulps
  • 1/8 cup Moscatel (sweet wine with flower's aroma)
  • a small pinch of turmeric (can't add too much as it has a strong wood-sy taste)

For the glazing: about tsps lemon juice + some powder sugar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F, pre-grease a loaf pan
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, combine the lemon juice and the wine, side aside.
  4. In another mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs and a pinch of turmeric, well-combined.
  5. Combine the flour mixture, the butter mixture, the lemon zest, the lemon pulps and the juice mixture (the latter one adjustable according to the final consistency). The batter is soft and paste-like, scoop it into the loaf pan, send to oven to bake about 40 - 45 minutes, test the done-ness by inserting a toothpick in the center, if it comes out almost clean, the cake is done.
  6. Unmold the cake and let cool completely on a rack. Wrap it well and keep in the fridge for a day (as the taste further develops overnight). Since the cake has a dome top, if you want it flat for a nicer presentation and/or for glazing, slice the top off and turn the bottom side up before proceeding the following step.
  7. For glazing (I prefer having it warm to suit this cold weather): warm the lemon juice, add the powder sugar (it still tasts very tart as which is what I like) until it reaches your desirable sweetness. Pour it over the cake and it's ready to serve.



Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

Your lemon cake looks fantastic!

Well done - And great pictures.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks fantastic! Your shots and presentation are awesome!



anna said...

So sunny! Makes me think of summer. Lemon cake is one of my favorites.

Lisa Turner said...

Such a cute post. Love the photos!

Anh said...

Fantastic cake, Gattina! :)

I saw a lemon cake recipe with rosemarry in the syrup. Really want to try out now!

Finla said...

Beautiful looking cake, i can taste the lemon by just looking to tha tpic.

ChichaJo said...

Such brilliant sunny and perfect for summer (over here at least)! And so yummy looking too!

Parita said...

Its so!