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Luscious Lemon Cake

Yesterday I went to this massive picnic on a cattle ranch down in Bakersfield. The weather was wonderful and the beer was flowing. The hosts provided the main course while guests (over 200 of them) were asked to bring appetizers, salads, and desserts - which were then laid out on massive correctly-labeled flatbeds. I was delighted by the assortment of food, but overwhelmed at wanting to try it all. When it was dessert time, and I was making my way around the flatbed only tasting different and interesting looking desserts, I was about to pass up a bundt style yellow cake, but at the last minute went in for a bite and thank god I did! It was the best dessert on the table, a moist lemony melts in your mouth cake that was absolutely divine. I called over my friend Jon, who was tasting some brownies a little further down the buffet, and we both agreed that it was delicious and cut ourselves large porky pig portions of the cake. Now I can't stop thinking about lemon cakes and want to give this one a try. Mother's Day is coming up and this will be a great recipe to bookmark so

Lemon Cake
From Diana's Kitchen

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
grated zest of 1 large lemon
1 cup sour cream
Lemon Glaze:
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Generously butter and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Into a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl with hand-held electric mixer, cream 1 cup butter and granulated sugar; beat at high speed until mixture is very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down side of bowl frequently. Blend in lemon zest.
  5. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, adding each in 3 additions. Scrape sides of bowl frequently.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cake pan; bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden pick inserted near the center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, combine lemon glaze ingredients in a bowl, blending until smooth. Carefully turn cake out onto a platter; drizzle evenly with glaze.

Serves 12.

Join The Conversation
Gia's-Mom Gia's-Mom 9 years
I just made this for Easter dessert and it was a big hit! You can buy all kinds of neat bundt pans these days. It was moist, delicious and pretty. It was also a fairly easy recipe to follow and not that time consuming at all. Definitely try it if you are a lemon fan.
kiki5571 kiki5571 10 years
Love, love, love lemon!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Looks like it has a pretty glaze!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Hold on, it says this recipe serves twelve. I would be UNHAPPY if I were one of those twelve people. Now, 9....maybe....6 is better! :)
partysugar partysugar 10 years
CS, you could substitute yougert (maybe even a lemon flavored one?) or mayonaise.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I love lemon flavored stuff also. Yummy. I love the lemon butter sauce that usually accompanies this type of cake. I could eat it with a spoon!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
this cake sound simple and yummy! is there anything i can use to substitute the sour cream?
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Who doesn't like Lemon Cakes. Looking delicious.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
Lemon cakes are one of my favorites :drool:
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I love lemon cake.
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Yum, i want some!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
that sounds really good. :drool:
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
if it was not lemon I'll love it more
SU3 SU3 10 years
:DROOL: :DROOL: The lemon cake looks soo delicious!! I think I may have just found my project for this weekend's BBQ! Thanks for posting party! :)
ktjones ktjones 10 years
Why can't my cakes ever look this perfect? It looks so tasty!!
amyfinke amyfinke 10 years
looks amazing! :D
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
my mom's a HUGE fan of lemon...looks like i'll be making this, especially since i failed miserably trying to make the lemonade cupcakes!
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I love lemon flavored baked goods. This looks delicious.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Looks so yummy!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for this recipe. Next to chocolate, lemon desserts are my favorites.
demeter demeter 10 years
OMG I want this so bad! I loooove lemon cake!!
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