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Easy recipe: Lemon cake

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 Lemon cake (Photo: Courtesy)

If you are looking for something new to try other than your usual bread and biscuits, this lemon cake recipe should fit right in

What you will need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tea spoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoon lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon

1/2 cup buttermilk

FOR THE LEMON SYRUP:

1/4 cup lemon juice, about 1 lemon

3 tablespoon powdered sugar

FOR THE LEMON ICING:

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1.5 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon milk

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a bundt cake pan and set it aside.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using an electric mixer), cream the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, for about four to six minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.

With the mixer on low, add about one-third of the flour mixture, mix until almost combined, and then add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture and then the last half of the buttermilk, ending with the last third of the flour. Beat until just incorporated.

Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out mostly clean with only a couple of moist crumbs. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours.

Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. Stir together the lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar for the lemon syrup. Carefully invert the loaf pan and transfer the cake to a cooling rack, then brush the syrup on the cake while it is still warm. Allow the cake to cool completely.

When the cake is cooled, combine all the icing ingredients; start with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and milk and add the remaining lemon juice as needed. The icing should be thick and not runny. Pour icing over the cake and let dry before serving.

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