Lemon Syrup Cake

April 16, 2014

So here I am, yammering on AGAIN about my 'Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook', which is just my favorite cookbook ever. Mostly because it is so pretty. SO much pretty! When I'm sad, or bored, or in need of a lift (which only a Very British Book can help me with), I flip open this book.

In the springtime, I think we should all be eating lemon-y things. So I made a lemon cake from the book last week, and in it, the recipe is called Crunchy Lemon Cake. Friends, please make this cake and tell me how to make it crunchy, because mine never comes out crunchy. It's lovely, but it's not crunchy. Maybe because I'm not using the pan that's called for?

But never mind the non-crunchiness of it. It's a wonderful, easy to make, light and fluffy little lemon cake, which Andrew says tastes like a lemon bar in cake form, and more importantly, he ATE THE CAKE and asked for more, which is a minor miracle. Because he usually hates cakes. He is a friend to all cookies, but very rarely is he a friend to cake. More like frenemies.

As I get older, I like plain-ish cakes. Tea cakes. Snack cakes. Not heavy, two layer, frosting and festooned cakes. This cake lasted exactly one day at our house, which was just the right amount of time to have it be around. It's not too big. Does anyone want a giant cake sitting around for days on end? (If my mother owned a computer and read my blog, she would be quietly raising her hand right now....)

LEMON SYRUP CAKE ~ via 'The Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook'

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg (or 2 small eggs)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

Syrup: 
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer or by hand until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat at high speed for 1 minute or vigorously by hand. Alternately add buttermilk and flour mixture in 3 additions, with mixer at low speed, or by hand. Stir in lemon zest.

Turn batter into a buttered and floured 8-inch springform pan (i used just a regular 8 inch cake tin), smoothing the top. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Before cake is done baking, combine sugar/lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat, to make a syrup. Spoon syrup evenly over cake as it comes out of the oven. Tip and rotate cake so that syrup is evenly distributed over the cake. Set cake, in the pan, on a rack to cool.

Serves 6-8.

Make yourself a lemon cake! It will make you happy. And please tell me if yours turns out crunchy.




16 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks really good and fresh for Spring... I have to try this recipe! And that cookbook looks amazing. I am planning to make Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake for Easter!

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    1. it's one of my Top 5 all time favorite cookbooks, b/c it's so cool and unusual and gorgeous!! i'd love to try Ina's cake recipe, I love her....:)

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  2. Adding this to the long to-do list. I bet I'll get to it before I get to vacuuming :)

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    1. ha ha ha! cake is way more fun than vacuuming.

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  3. Oh my - I need to go buy some lemons RIGHT NOW!!

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  4. I *love* lemon cake! And I found a used copy of that cookbook on Amazon for a penny- you just made my day!

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    1. don't you love that??? i find stuff all the time where the shipping is more than the book price!

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  5. I don't have a sprinform pan but I'll give this recipe a try! I love plain cakes too and too. I usually don't eat the frosting on cakes anyway (unless it's chocolate!!!) The cookbook is beautiful! I'll try to get it :D

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  6. I just bought the book via Amazon for a penny as well :D Can't wait to get my very own copy! I'll let you know when I try the recipes!!!!

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    1. awesome!!! maybe i should go buy another copy as well, just in case anything ever happens to this one.....:)

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  7. Oh yum. I'm obsessed with anything lemony.

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  8. This looks SOOOOOOO good! I haven't replaced the springform pan that busted when I made Nigella's clementine cake last year. This makes me want to get on that, unless I happen to have a regular round cake pan somewhere that I've forgotten about...

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    1. i wanna make Nigella's clementine cake toooooooo! i need to get on that, i forgot about that cake.....

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  9. Oh my. This looks DELISH. Thank you!

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