Last week at a birthday party - we had wonderful lemon cake. You could really taste the lemon. So I decided to make a lemon cake! My husband says I need to stop with my restaurant recreations.
So I ignored him and Googled Lemon Bundt Cakes and found a great recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.
While making this recipe I used my KitchenAid mixer, three mixing bowls, a small saucepan and a ton of knifes, cutting boards, whisks, spatulas etc. I hand washed the KitchenAid bowl and attachment. And everything else filled up my entire dishwasher!
2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 - 8 large lemons)
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your bundt cake pan. I use the butter wrappers to grease the bundt pan.
Cream the butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time and the lemon zest.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla.
Add the flour and buttermilk mixture alternately to the batter, starting and ending with the flour.
Put the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Until a toothpick comes out clean.
While the cake is cooling make a lemon syrup by combining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
Invert the cake onto a plate and drizzle the lemon syrup over the cake.
Now add the powdered sugar to the lemon juice and whisk together to create a glaze and drizzle that over the cake.