Sunday, April 8, 2012
Lemon Yogurt Cake
Okay, I'm gonna flat out say this may quite possible be the best thing I have ever baked (or at least top 5!). It is a Barefoot Contessa recipe and it is out of this world! The balance of sweet and sour (from all the fresh lemon juice) is absolutely perfect! This cake is light, refreshing and definitely satisfies your sweet tooth! Perfect for brunch or dessert! I'm giving it 5 stars! Hope you try it!!
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 c. plain whole milk yogurt
1 c. sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 2 1/2 lemons)
1 c. confectioners' sugar
2 Tbl freshly squeezed lemon juice
(I needed a tiny bit of water just to thin the glaze out a bit)
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease AND flour a loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together yogurt, 1 c. sugar, 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 is thoroughly incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
For the 1st glaze:
Meanwhile, cook 1/3 c. lemon juice and 1/3 c. sugar in a small sauce pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
For the 2nd glaze:
Combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice with a whisk or a fork. Set aside.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake onto a baking rack over aluminum foil (to catch all the drips). While the cake is still warm, gently (and slowly) pour the lemon-sugar mixture (1st glaze) over the cake and allow it to soak in. Once cake is cool (give it 20 minutes or so) gently (and slowly) pour the confectioners' sugar-lemon mixture (2nd glaze) over the top. Serve with strawberries if desired! Enjoy!