Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Did Someone Say Spiced Lemon Cake?

You will need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest plus 6 tbsp lemon juice (takes 2 lemons)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, zest and cardamom* with a mixer on medium high speed til light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 3 tbsp lemon juice. Reduce speed to medium low; beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour.

Pour batter into cake pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack. Let cool, top side up.

Whisk confectioners sugar with remaining 3 tbsp lemon juice until smooth; pour over cooled cake.

And enjoy!

Don't forget, if you have a garbage disposal put the rinds and pulp down it with a handful of baking soda to clean it and eliminate odors.

* I did not have cardamom and did not want to buy a $12 jar so I used 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg.

Source: Real Simple Magazine


  1. I will be making this soon because the piece I had at your house was AMAZING! Emma liked it too :)

  2. Yay! I'm glad everyone liked it. I was a little worried because the lemon in it is very strong. Steph I think you had a good idea, I'm totally going to have it with a cup of coffee tomorrow for breakfast:)

  3. I heard Dad got a piece of this and I didn't! What is up with that? Mom