Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lemon Yogurt Cake


I have a friend who is leaving for Tuscany on Tuesday....oh, to be able to tag along! Since I cannot, I decided to pay a visit this afternoon with a send off gift and the Lemon Yogurt Cake. The cake is for her husband who is staying home to play in a softball tournament or two. That is if it lasts that until Tuesday!

The Lemon Yogurt Cake is an Ina Garten recipe from Barefoot Contessa at Home. This recipe was her effort to update her favorite lemon cake recipe after being inspired by Dorie Greenspan's Yogurt Cake recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours. I love that the cake is like a pound cake but without the butter!



Lemon Yogurt Cake

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze

1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into one bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 C. lemon juice and remaining 1/3 C. sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.
For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.
I am ready to slice the cake! I can smell the lemon....

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