Recipe: Meyer Lemon Cake

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Meyer Lemon cake recipe

For dessert tonight I made Martha’s Lemon Cake.  I am down to 6 Meyer lemons and I’m having a hard time deciding whether I should make a batch of lemon curd or lemon ice cream.  Maybe if I cut the recipes in half I can do both.  We’ll see.

Recipe Credit: Martha Stewart
Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup low-fat buttermilk {How to Make Buttermilk}

Butter Cream Frosting {Betty Crocker}

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-2-inch cake pans, tapping out excess flour. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.
Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack.

While cakes are baking, bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lemon slices and simmer 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer lemon slices to a waxed-paper-lined plate. Stir remaining 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice into syrup.

Using a toothpick, poke holes in warm cakes on rack. Brush with lemon syrup. Let cool completely. Prepare frosting, substituting 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice for vanilla extract.

Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

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Comments

  1. What are these Meyer lemons you keep talking about? Just regular lemons? Your cake–the luscious swirls from the frosting knife–the posh stand–it’s spectacular.

    • Meyer lemons are a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon. They are the the best lemons in the world. You must try them.

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