Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Lemon cake

I was dying for lemon cake.. and the icing just made it perfect..

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 and 1/4 cup sugar - see note
2 and 1/2 tblsp salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Juice from two medium lemons
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Do this:

- Sift and mix together the dry things - flour, baking powder and soda

- Cream butter - add a pinch of salt if you dont have salted butter- Add sugar, eggs, lemon extract, lemon juice and oil until mixed well

Mix the two together - just blend in, dont beat it

Bake about 30 to 40 mins, depending on your oven

Let cake cool before icing..

For icing blend powdered sugar and lemon juice until creamy. Ice, and enjoy :)

Note about sugar:
I made vanilla sugar with a 3 cms bit of vanilla pod ground with 1 cup of sugar in a mixer. To that I added another 2 cups of sugar and mixed it all together. The aroma is out of this world..

So I used 1/2 cup of that sugar and the rest normal sugar. In case you dont have that, or dont want to make it, normal vanilla essence will do just fine. But for me, I'm never going back to the store bought vanilla sugar or essence.. :)