As part of my celebration and excitement, I made Lemon Cakes yesterday. Lemon cakes being one of the favorite foods of one of my favorite characters, Sansa Stark. Lemon cake seems to be the dessert choice of highborn Ladies, served with tea and at tourney feast alike, and I just had an immense need to make and consume one.
The recipe was easy:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated, plus juice, plus 2 tablespoons more lemon juice for the glaze
1 cup granulated sugar (I actually used 1/2 cup of Splenda baking)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
The recipe was originally intended for muffins, but I broke out the bundt cake pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour pan. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon. Set aside.
With an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk mixture.
Pour into pan, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in tin, then cool completely on a rack.
Set rack over wax or parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar with remaining lemon juice until smooth. Pour over cake, spreading to edges with a small knife. Let set 30 minutes.
|The Septa just shook her head in disapproval.|
I brushed myself off, literally as I was hit with some of the cake. And then salvaged what didn't hit the ground. After a bit, I poured on the lemon glaze, and voila...ugly Lemon cake. Not something to win a handsome knight with, but delicious nonetheless. The cake was just hinted with just enough lemon. The glaze was very lemon-y, and despite it's disfigurement, the cake was consumed in one day.