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Barefoot Contessa Lemon Cake

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Ingredients Edit

Glaze Edit

Directions Edit

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease two 8½ x 4¼ x 2½ inch loaf pans.
  3. Cream butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  4. With the mixer on med.
  5. Speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  7. In another bowl, combine ¼ cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  8. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  10. Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with ½ cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  11. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon the lemon syrup over the cakes.
  12. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

Glaze Edit

  1. For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth.
  2. Pour over the top of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.

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