Monday, September 26, 2011
Lemon Yogurt Cake
Secret Recipe Club time! That means another month has zoomed by...It's all going too quickly.
Today is reveal day for The Secret Recipe Club, when everyone posts a recipe from their secret blog assignment for the month. The group was founded by Amanda of Amanda's Cookin' and is a great way to discover new blogs. The group is up near 300 participants now and is broken into 4 separate groups of about 75 each all with different reveal dates each month. To learn more about The Secret Recipe Club click here.
For September I was assigned Kate's blog, A Spoonful of Thyme. I spent quite a bit of time browsing her lovely blog. She has a vast array of fantastic looking recipes as well lots of fun travel adventures. Maybe Kate will let me tag along on her next vacation! Kate has a number of tasty looking shrimp recipes that especially caught my eye and I have bookmarked for future use. In the end, my sweet tooth took over. How shocking! And with an abundance of lemons in my fridge, I selected Lemon Yogurt Cake by Ina Garten. Kate has shared the cake on her blog 3 times. Sounds like the mark of a good recipe!
The cake has a serious lemon flavor going on. There is lemon zest in the cake. A lemon syrup is poured over the cake while it's still warm and seeps in to further moisten the cake. When the cake is completely cooled a lemon glaze goes over the top. That's a triple lemon punch! The cake is easy to make and super moist. It would be great for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert.
I tend to like my lemon flavor a bit more subtle, so I might skip the lemon syrup next time. All in all a good cake. To make it even more special, top each slice with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
Go check out Kate and A Spoonful of Thyme for more great recipes.
Lemon Yogurt Cake
from Barefoot Contessa at Home via A Spoonful of Thyme
For the cake:
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 (about 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Dust flour inside the pan coating all sides.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl and set aside. In another bowl whisk yogurt, eggs, 1 cup of the sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold vegetable oil into the batter until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, stir 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook until sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear, about 5 minutes.
When the cake is done cooking let it cool in the pan on a rack for about 10 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the sides of the cake from the pan and carefully remove the cake and set it on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Pour the lemon syrup over the cake allowing it to soak in. Let the cake cook completely.
Make the glaze by whisking together the confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Pour glaze over the fully cooled cake. Allow the glaze to set for at least 30 minutes before slicing.