Lemon cream cheese butter cake

IMG_3009

I come from a line of very skilled bakers. My aunt, HK, in London very kindly sent me this book she put together of a collection of delicious lemon cakes. HK is baking a different lemon cake every month for a friend. July is the cake that started it all: the lemon cream cheese butter cake. So I thought it very appropriate to start with that cake, which I baked last weekend. It was deliciously tangy and moist. To make the cake you will need:

125g cream cheese
250g butter
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1.5 cups castor sugar
3 eggs
1.5 cups plain flour, sifted

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a 20cm bundt cake tin. I didn’t have a bundt tin, unfortunately. Start by zesting the lemon (is zesting a word?). I used a fine grater that is shaped like a mouse. And Mum don’t worry, that is Shellac on my nails (not polish) so it won’t chip off leaving pink speckles in the cake.

IMG_3018

Beat cream cheese, butter and zest together until smooth, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time, beat in the sifted flour lightly in 2 batches until smooth. Spoon the cake mix into your tin and bake at 180C for 30 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 160C for a further 30 minutes.

lemon cake

Have a dance around the kitchen, this is important. (you don’t have to pout awkwardly like me though, or wave a pink spatula around)

IMG_3032

Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes before turning on to a wire rack to cool further.

IMG_3056

To make the glaze combine a cup of icing sugar with about 1 tbsp lemon juice.

IMG_3049

IMG_3066

IMG_3069

Voila! It took a lot of restraint not to eat the glaze. Or the cake batter for that matter. I’m not usually one for raw cake but it was so buttery and creamy and lemony. I might have to adjust my oven temperature next time though, because the edges were a tad crisp.

IMG_3071

Plans for the weekend?

This entry was posted in Food and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Lemon cream cheese butter cake

  1. Lemon cakes are a big favourite in my family, so I may have to try this one out the next time I visit my parents for afternoon tea. And I agree that kitchen dancing is a must while baking – pout or no pout!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s