Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Great Summer Treat

Lemon Sheet Cake
Note: don’t have any butter milk don’t worry, take 1 cup of regular milk and add 1 Tbls vinegar let sit for a couple of minutes and you have buttermilk.


2 ½ cups cake flour (I used just reg. flour and it came out fine)
1 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup buttermilk, room temp.
3 Tbls grated zest from 3 lemons
¼ cup lemon juice from the same 3 lemons
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
12 Tbls unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks) softened
3 large eggs plus 1 yolk, room temp


3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 Tbls lemon juice
2 Tbls buttermilk

For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 13 x 9 inch pan. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla in liquid measuring cup.
With electric mixer on medium speed, beat granulated sugar and lemon zest until moist and fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer ¼ cup sugar mixture to small bowl, cover and reserve. Add butter to remaining sugar mixture and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and yolk, one at a time, until incorporated. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of buttermilk mixture, and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes. Transfer cake to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes.
For the Glaze: Meanwhile, whisk confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and buttermilk until smooth. Gently spread glaze over warm cake and sprinkle evenly with reserved sugar mixture. Cool completely, at least 2 hours. Serve

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