Thursday, November 18, 2010

Luscious Lemon Cake

It's my birthday! And this was my birthday cake! It is tradition in our family that you can select any meal that you would like to eat. Included in that deal, is the dessert that you want to enjoy. I have an advantage, my husband can bake.  Unfortunately, for him he does not have the same advantage, because I don't bake so well. 



A velvety rich lemon cake with a delicious lemon frosting.  This cake seals my husband's reputation as a  fabulous baker.  


Luscious Lemon Cake
Serves 12
Recipe from Southern Living


Ingredients:
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups cake flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Beat egg yolks at high speed with an electric mixer 4 minutes or until thick and pale.

2.  Beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add beaten egg yolks, beating well.

3.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with 3/4 cup milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.  Stir in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.

4.  bake at 375 degrees F. for 12-17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.  Remove from pans to wore racks, and let cool for 1 hour or until completely cool.

5.  Spread Luscious Lemon Frosting between layers of cake.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Note: You can frost the entire cake for a more elegant presentation.

Luscious Lemon Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (32-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons half-and-half (optional)

Directions:
1.  Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; stir in lemon zest and juice.  (Mixture will appear curdled).  Gradually add sugar; beat at high speed 4 minutes or spreading consistency.  Gradually beat in up to 2 tablespoons half-and-half, if necessary, for desired consistency.

Enjoy!




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57 comments:

Susan said...

Happy Birthday, and WOW, what a cake!! Hubby did well.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy that amazing cake.

kitchen flavours said...

Happy Birthday! The cake looks absolutely gorgeous and yummy. Your hubby is really amazing. Wow!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Happy Birthday, can I come over for a slice? LOL Diane

The Food Hound said...

Happy birthday!! Lemon cake is one of my favorites, too! I made one for Easter and it turned out incredibly well. I'll definitely give this one a shot! The Booze Hound can bake a pizza, that's about it, but I'll keep him around anyway :)

Rumana Rawat said...

Very inviting:)

The Japanese Redneck said...

Happy Birthday!

My hubby always insists on making me a cake...lol...(a box mix) - but it's because he wants the cake and not me!

Katrina V. said...

Happy birthday! That looks rich and decadent, I'm jealous! Especially about the frosting -- I think I could just eat that plain.

Claudia said...

Your husband takes the cake! What a scrumptious winner. Happy birthday!

Eliana said...

Whoa - this looks amazing!!! Hapy happy birthday to you. And how lucky you are to have a husband that can bake. How in the world did you manage that?

Lyndsey said...

Happy Birthday!! What a lovely lucious cake!
So lucky to have a baker in the house, my husband parks his cooking sense at the kitchen door...;D

Dishesdone said...

Happy Birthday! That cake does look luscious! How cool that your husband can bake. If it were my husband I'd be getting scrambled eggs for my day :)

Anncoo said...

Happy Birthday!! That's a beautiful cake :)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Happy birthday!!!!

Did he frost the cake too? Wow. I am really really impressed. Thank you for the recipe because my son is obsessed with the lemon loaf at Starbucks and he has been pestering me to make him a lemon cake.

Bridgett said...

Happiest Birthday to you! What a delicious way to celebrate. Very impressive.

Hungry Dog said...

Happy birthday! I can't believe your husband made this cake...is he a professional!? :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

Happy Birthday! We're the same here...DH is a MUCH better baker than I! This cake looks AMAZING!!!! Perfect choice! :)

lakeviewer said...

Happy Birthday, Velva! Thanks for sharing this lovely, scrumptious cake with us. Or, do we need to thank your Hubby?

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Wow! Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl! What a lucky duck you are with a baking husband. I think this is the same SL recipe I have been coveting from the Christmas Cookbook - it looks so, so phenomenal!

paulakiger said...

That looks SO amazing!! Just wish there had been leftovers for the baker's coworkers!!

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Happy Birthday! What an awesome cake!

Michael Toa said...

Happy birthday!!! I hope you're having a great one. The cake looks fantastic. yum.
Enjoy your day. Michael

Rachel Cotterill said...

That looks very good - and supremely rich, so just a small slice for me, please ;)

Happy birthday!

Abbey said...

Wow, this is beautiful and sounds delicious! My mother has made a lemon pound cake every year for my fathers birthday...I may send this one to her in case she wants to try something new!

teresa said...

yay! happy happy birthday! i just might ask for this cake for my birthday!

Erica said...

First off- HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYY! Hope you had a fabulous one :) Second- your husband made that?? That is incredible! Beautiful work

Marguerite said...

Happy Birthday, Velva! and best wishes for a great year ahead! Your birthday cake looks heavenly and your husband did a fantastic job! Cheers!

a-man said...

Happy Birthday! Delicious cake!

Bo said...

Happy Birthday! That cake sounds great...I'm a big fan of lemon anything...Your husband did a great job.

RamblingTart said...

Ohhh, happy birthday, dear Velva!! I'm a November baby too. :-) Your hubby did a fantastic job on that gorgeous cake - what a sweetie. :-)

Raina said...

Happy Birthday! That is one awesome looking lemon cake. I love lemon cake. Your husband bakes too?! He is a keeper...lol

Farmchick said...

Happy Birthday and that is a great looking lemon cake. I love lemons.

UrMomCooks said...

Happy Birthday! And lucky you with a homemade lemon cake! Cheers!

Red Gate Farm said...

I am going to have to try this cake out! I looks fabulous. Happy Birthday!

Chris

Chef Fresco said...

Aww how sweet! Happy birthday! Loos like the most wonderful cake!

Kim said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VELVA!!! Your husband is certainly talented and made you a beautiful cake. Lemon desserts top my dessert list quite often. I know I would thoroughly enjoy this cake.

P.S. One time my husband made a box cake and used maple syrup in place of oil.....I think you have a much better deal than me. LOL!

Chow and Chatter said...

Happy Birthday Velva wow what an amazing cake your hubby can BAKE

scrambledhenfruit said...

Happy Birthday Velva! That's one gorgeous cake!

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Wish you a very happy birthday! The cake looks delicious :) Enjoy your day :)

From the Kitchen said...

Velva, I'm a little late to the party but best birthday wishes to you! In my opinion, a birthday should be celebrated for at least a month sooo let the party begin!!

That cake looks divine! Just the "crumb" texture that I love. My husband is the baker in our house too. I am showing him this cake with the hint that my birthday is only a few months away.

Happy! Happy!

Best,
Bonnie

Lea Ann said...

Velva, I could eat a piece of that beautiful cake for breakfast. It looks absolutely divine! I'm not much of a baker, but would love to make this cake. Love lemon.

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday, Velva!
What a magnificent cake. I'd be scooping up those crumbs with a spoon!

LindyLouMac said...

Happy Birthday Velva and well done to your husband for baking you such a fabulous cake.

Stevie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

Happy Birthday Velva - that cake looks delightful!

jennaseverythingblog said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your husband's baking skills! And decorating skills! That is one gorgeous looking cake.

Chef E said...

Did I miss it on facebook? Hmmm, I have to go back now and see, but how luscious of you to post this divine cake...when I come back for a visit, tell hubby to make me one...P L E A S E :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy Birthday! Lemon is one of my favorites! What was your birthday dinner? Best wishes for many more happy and healthy birthdays! Have a great weekend!

Mary

5 Star Foodie said...

Happy belated birthday! This is such a gorgeous cake!

Kathleen said...

Happy birthday girlfriend!!! A hubby that bakes? You are a lucky girl ;)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday, Velva! Your cake looks so good and there's nothing better than lemon (unless it's chocolate, of course).

nanny said...

Happy Birthday.....now pass me a piece of your luscious cake.....please....
Lemon, yum, yum!!!Oh how I love anything Lemon!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Birthday!!! The cake looks delicious!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

Wow - that looks like an amazing cake - super impressed

theUngourmet said...

Happy Birthday...belated. Your husband sure can bake. What a luscious cake. I love lemon! Have a lovely Thanksgiving. :)

grace said...

i've never before been so drawn to a lemon dessert! that fluffy frosting has done me in. :)

Katy ~ said...

Happy Birthday, Velva! Oh, does that cake look DIVINE! And don't I just love lemon. Velva, you are very bad to me, grins. I must bookmark this one too.

Ingrid said...

Happy belated birthday, Velva! Oh, cool is that that your hubs made you that scrumptious cake!

Hope you had a delicious and blessed THanksgiving, too!
~ingrid

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