Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lemon cake - all that I could save

Summers and lemons sure have a strong connection. The bright yellow is one colour we do associate with summers and the refreshing fresh lemons are in plenty this time of the year. For squashes, pickles, drinks, puddings and satisfying several other creative urges is the yellow and vibrant lemon. The lemon cake is what I decided to make the other day. This is not one that I make regularly as I was a little apprehensive of how my little chef my daughter would accept the taste of lemon in a cake.

Cakes she loves but watching me grating the lemon zest into the cake batter was not one that she could digest easily. However, once the cake was baked she couldn't resist trying it. And yes, She loved the cake. She said "Amma , I like this lemon taste that comes right at the end". OOH was I relieved or happy:)
I too loved the lemon flavor and the taste that came in between the vanilla flavor. The cake came out moist and perfect. The only thing was by the time I decided to click a snap I had only this one slice left:(

Again was I happy or sad? Happy yes, the happiness and satisfaction that you get from seeing that your family loves what you cooks is truly something else. So cheers to the lemon cake it is. will get to baking one sooooon...the response at home has been truly encouraging.

Flour- 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp(not heaped)
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs -3
Butter - 1/2 cup (about 60 gms)
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Zest of lemon - 1/4 tsp (be careful while grating that you take only the yellow and don't grate in the white portion under the yellow)
Yellow colour - 2 drops (optional) (I prefer not to use colour)

1- Sieve all the dry ingredients together.
2- Cream the butter and sugar and slowly add in the dry ingredients.
3- Add the vanilla essence, colour(optional) and the lemon zest. Fold.
4- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes till done.


Finla said...

I love lemon cake and glad to hear you daughter loved the cake even though she saw you grating lemon in to the batter.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Vandhana,

Summer is already here. Well said...who can resist lemons and melons this time of season. Lemon cake is one of best choice you to have with tea/coffee.

Thayir saadham very essential part of Indian gave me an idea for lunch today...

Saritha said...

This cake is new to me.I liked the post title "all that i could save".
My kids will be near microwave when i bake a cake,they just want to grab the moment i take it out.:)

Deepa Hari said...

Cake looks soft and fluffy the taste of lemon in cakes.

Nandinis food said...

Lemon cake is so alluring! :9 Looks vibrant! I like those little sweet marbles! :9

@the_whisk_affair said...

mmmm, yumm!! I am also apprehensive of adding citrus flavors...well, i think i'm not very cirtus-y kind of person! great it turned out well for you!! :-)

AnuSriram said...

Yummy cake... Looks delicious!

Pooja said...

I love lemon cakes! And I could guess the result from the heading itself :)

Priya Sriram said...

Hi Vandana... Looking at the last slice of the Lemon cake, I can say it would have tasted delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

workhard said...

Hi... i just love all kinds of cake.. while i was reading this post.. i could almost smell the cake.. yummmy

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Cham said...

Lemon cake is one of my citrus favorite! Looks flavorful!

Archy said...

lemon cake.. looks so gud.. love to have it now for a cup of tes !!

Pria@HC said...

Lemon cake and hot cup of tea on a chilly evening.. U should send them over to me, :).lovely lemon cakes , Vandhana

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

hi .... reached here following the trails of the lunchbox event...great way to go!!! you have a great blog....glad to meet yet another co-blogger from kerala..i am from kochi...keep in touch, tc

Purva Desai said...

I simply love the tangy flavour in lemon cake.....and will go well with the season

Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

Lovely coloured lemon cake,refreshing aroma for tea time..