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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lemon Cake

Every since the Victorian age when wealthy children received oranges in their stockings

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and well off families hung clove studded oranges from their trees citrus fruits and Christmas have gone together.  That is why I am sharing this recipe for Lemon Syrup Glazed Loaf Cake.   I like to make it with Meyer Lemons, they are sweeter then regular lemons and regularly available this time of year, but plain old lemons will do just fine.     Now I actually burned my cake this year, I think my oven has temperature is a bit off and is running hot, but that is more an argument for the cake then against it because it was still good!  If you follow the recipe below you will have a delicious, non burned, lemon cake to enjoy.

Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze

For the Cake:

1 1/2 sticks salted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 tsp baking powder
zest and juice of two lemons
1/4 cup milk

For the Glaze:

1/2 cup sugar 
juice of 4 lemons


Preheat the oven to 350 and grease and flour a loaf pan.  Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat and scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.  Sift in the flour and  baking powder and fold in gently.   Combine the milk, lemon juice, and zest in a small measure cup and slowly add to the butter mix gently until a smooth batter forms.   Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake one hour.  Allow to cool slightly

To prepare the glaze heat the sugar and lemon juice over medium low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.  Pour the glaze over the still warm cake.



Did you know you can make like a thrifty retro housewife and find many uses for inexpensive lemons :


  • Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle it with kosher salt and use it to scrub counters or dirty pots.
  • Rub cutting boards with lemon to remover odors.
  • Place cut lemons in the refrigerator to remove orders. 
  • Use a mixture of lemon juice and hot water to remove pet odors from litter boxes or dog accidents (this mixture will cause bleaching so don't use on fabric).
  • Apply lemon juice with a q-tip to lighten dark spots on your face or hands. 
I'm sure there are dozens more.

13 comments:

  1. I love anything with lemons in it, especially lemon cake.
    Lynne x

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  2. I love the little lemon bars that are a bit gooey…I didn't know when Meyer lemons were available, now I do, thanks!

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  3. We too are great fans of lemons in anything. We use to put the cloves in oranges but have done one of those in years. Think I will give it a go. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. We have lots of recipes that call for the zest of the lemon along with the juice.

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  5. That cake recipe sounds delicious!

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  6. You know, even when I was a young child in the early 60's, my parents would put an orange in my stocking. A lot of the stuff we take for granted in the grocery store today, was not always so readily available.

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  7. That sounds delicious! I'm a big lemon dessert fan!

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  8. Lemons are great for lots of uses round the home. That cake sounds scrummy, I love anything made with lemons :) xxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  9. That sounds lip-lickingly fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing. I adore a good dose of citrus during December, too.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Our human says that sounds really good and is adding that to her to make wish list.

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