Last night we had Paul’s parents and my parents over for dinner. We decided to celebrate Mother’s Day a bit early because with the size of both of our families (seriously, we’re like a small village) we figured they’d be booked today.
In honor of Mother’s Day and spring, I wanted to make something light and lemony. For some reason lemon cake just makes me think spring. Now, I say “light” using the word very loosely. This is a decadent cake, simple as that.
Just a few notes: My lemon sugar turned out much darker and juicier than the recipe’s did, but I didn’t mind that. It was a really nice pop of color. Also, I played with the consistency of the lemon glaze. Because of this, I had a lot of extra glaze. If you do the same, I would pour lots on top of the cake and then save some to drizzle across individual pieces.
By the way, we’re dining on a Cantwell’s breakfast burrito this morning. I’m not cooking. I’m being lazy.
Super Lemon Bundt Cake (care of sprinklesomesugar.com)
Lemon Cake: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 eggs, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 1/4 cups whole milk, 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (cubed)
Lemon Glaze: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice
Lemon Sugar Topping: 1 tablespoons lemon zest, 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease a bundt pan very well making sure to really get into all crevices then lightly flour pan. Set aside.
Lightly whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer (if you’re using one) fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs on low until they are thickened and very pale yellow in color. Turn mixer on low and slowly add sugar to running mixer and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest. Slowly pour in dry ingredients on low speed until combined.
In a small saucepan, heat milk until very hot and butter is just melted. Do not boil and whisk the mixture to help the butter along. Pour into batter and mix until smooth. Batter will be very thin. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 27-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Once done, remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan. Release the sides of the cake with a butter knife to ensure it isn’t going to stick. Turn cake onto a large round platter or cake stand. (If using a 9×13 pan, do not remove cake, just place entire pan onto wire rack so underneath the pan can cool also.) Allow cake to finish cooling until warm to the touch.
While cake is cooling, prepare lemon sugar and glaze. For the lemon sugar, thoroughly mix the lemon zest and sugar together and let it sit for 5 minutes. If you don’t want the lemon zest on top of the cake, push the sugar through a fine mesh strainer, separating the two and discard the zest. If you don’t mind the zest on top of your cake (it will give it a nice pop of color!), then just set the mixture aside.
For the glaze, whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice, using more or less lemon juice as needed to get desired consistency. (I like to keep mine slightly thick so it won’t thin out too much when I serve it over warm cake.)Once cake is cooled down slightly, drizzle glaze over warm cake. Alternately, you can drizzle the glaze over each individual piece being served. Sprinkle lemon sugar on top.
Cake will stay soft and moist for 3 days stored in an airtight container.