Friday, December 26, 2008

Lemon Yogurt Cake

This cake is great for brunch because it's a nice light lemon flavor and made with yogurt so you can feel a little better about eating it before noon. :) The lemon cake base is enhanced with a lemon syrup glaze and then again with a lemon juice and powdered sugar glaze.

When you put the cake to cool on a wire rack, put it on a baking sheet with wax paper or foil underneath it. That way when you pour both glazes over it, the excess will fall on the wax paper and you have an easy clean-up.

There are no pictures of the preparation because I was so busy getting everything else ready for brunch. But here is a pic of the table!

Lemon Yogurt Cake
from Ina Garten
Makes one loaf

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the glaze:nocoupons
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons 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 1 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 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup 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.


Melissa said...

Mmm...I've really been craving something lemon. This looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty table!!! Everything looks fabulous!!!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Looks like a beautiful loaf for brunch! Hope your holidays went well :)

Linds said...

Yum! I love lemon cake and your brunch set up looks gorgeous. Hope you had a great holiday!

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks great! I hope you had a great Christmas!

GirlyFruFru said...

Yummy !!!