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Lemon Cake

Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1h
Yields
2 servings

Yield: 2 (8-inch) loaves.

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ingredients

Cake

½
lb(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 ½
cups granulated sugar, divided
4
eggs, at room temperature
cup lemon zest, grated (6 to 8 large lemons)
3
cups flour
½
tsp baking powder
½
tsp baking soda
1
tsp kosher salt
¾
cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
¾
cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1
tsp pure vanilla extract

Glaze

2
cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
3 ½
Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
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directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. You may also line the bottom with parchment paper, if desired.

Step 2

Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.

Step 3

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Step 4

Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan; spoon the lemon syrup over them. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

Step 5

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the tops of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.;

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