Back of Lemon Custard Cakes Are Lusciously Delicious Every once in a while, I'll be browsing a food magazine and come across a recipe that I simply must make. This recipe for lemon custard cakes from the February issue of Bon Appétit is the perfect example. After gorging on decadent chocolate desserts for Valentine's Day, I was desperate for a light, refreshing treat. These simple cakes are delightful; they're like lemon bars without the shortbread cookie crust. The texture is between a thick pudding and moist cake. The intensely fresh lemon flavor is tart, but in the most wonderful way. Don't skip the whipped creme fraîche topping. Its silky smooth creaminess balances out the zesty citrus. Although the recipe calls for Meyer lemons, I used regular ones. To get started on these individual cakes now — they need at least four hours to chill — . Lemon Custard Cakes From Bon Appétit Ingredients3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/4 cup all purpose flour Pinch of salt 1 1/3 cups whole milk 2 large eggs, separated 1/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice 2 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon peel or regular lemon peel 1 8-ounce container chilled crème fraîche* Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter eight 3/4-cup ramekins or custard cups. Whisk 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, and pinch of salt in medium bowl to blend. Combine milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and lemon peel in large bowl; whisk until blended. Add flour mixture to yolk mixture and whisk custard until blended. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar to whites and beat until stiff but not dry. Fold 1/4 of whites into custard. Fold remaining whites into custard in 2 additions (custard will be slightly runny). Divide custard equally among prepared ramekins. Place ramekins in large roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake custard cakes until golden brown and set on top (custard cakes will be slightly soft in center), about 27 minutes. Chill custard cakes uncovered until cold, at least 4 hours, then cover and keep refrigerated. Custard cakes can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Using electric mixer, beat crème fraîche in medium bowl until softly whipped. Run small knife around each custard cake to loosen. Invert each cake onto plate. Place dollop of crème fraîche atop or alongside cakes and serve. Makes 8 cakes. Information Category Desserts, Cake Cuisine North American View 20 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Comments Soniabonya 7 years how did i miss seeing this receipe? i have got to give this a try. i love lemons. mika118 8 years I've made a variation of this from one of last year's Food&Wine mags. It had only 170 cals per serving and was so decadent. Kind of like a molten chocolate cake but w/ lemons. I'll have to try the recipe above, strictly for the sake of research and comparison.. *wink wink* starangel82 8 years How yummy looking. I love lemon flavored anything. lily_xx 8 years delightful! Spectra 8 years Ok, so this is kind of off-topic, but can you use stoneware mugs instead of ramekins when recipes call for them? I don't have ramekins but I do have little mugs that I think would be perfect for these. ilanac13 8 years it took me a really long time to get into the mood to be lemon's friend and lately it's one of my favs (ok..one of the tiers of my wedding cake is actually going to be lemon) anyway...ths recipe looks GREAT Spectra 8 years I wish I could get Meyer lemons around here. I'm still going to try this recipe though...I'll just have to use regular lemons I guess. aimeeb 8 years Yum!!! lilxmissxmolly 8 years those look delicious!!! light and yummy emalove 8 years Mmmm...I love lemon and lime flavored things.