Sunday, April 10, 2011

Triple Lemon Tea Cake

I have been baking.

I had a big supply of lemons, and my friend was coming over for tea, 
 so I made delicious Triple Lemon Tea Cakes.

8 Ounces (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter  (room temperature)
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Lemon Zest 
4 Large Eggs (room temperature)
3 Cups Unbleached All Purpose Four
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)
3/4 Cup Buttermilk (room temperature)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the Syrup
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)

For the Frosting
2 Cups Powdered Sugar (sifted)
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 8.5" X 4.5" loaf pans. 

Cream the sugar, lemon zest and  butter.  Beat in one egg at a time. 

In a separate bowl, sift  the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In another bowl, combine the lemon juice,  buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter.

Pour into two pans.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.   

Make syrup-  mix sugar and lemon juice.

Remove cakes from pans and turn upside down on wire rack.  Poke holes half way through bottom of cakes with a toothpick. Ladle half of the syrup over the the cakes and let it soak in.  Turn cakes over, poke holes into the top and ladle on the remaining half of the syrup, allowing it to soak down into the cakes.  Let cool completely.

Make glaze-frosting- Whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a glaze.  Drizzle over the tops of the cakes and down the sides.   Allow to sit at room temperature until it crusts. 

Slice and serve. 

You can substitute regular salt for the kosher salt. 
This is a lovely moist cake.  It tastes delicious served with fresh berries.
Wrap in wax paper and plastic wrap to store unused portion in refrigerator.    

Easter is fast approaching, and little bunnies have started making an appearance around the house. 

We have enjoyed drinking fresh lemonade.
We shared our box of lemons with our college daughter and a friend.
(They were home for the weekend.)
And now the lemons are all gone.  Boy, were they delicious!

Depression glass pitcher- "Iris", Jeannette Glass Co.
Glass plates- "American",  Fostoria Glass


  1. This post makes my mouth water...and the one before this one, too! heehee! I LOVE lemons! I had a fresh slice in my tea tonight! ♥

  2. What a lovely setting and the cake looks and sounds wonderful - now my mouth is watering for some lemon cake.

  3. Sounds wonderful! I'm going to have to make this!

  4. What a lovely cake! I made lemon meringue pie with my lemons.

  5. I skipped breakfast before running off to work. Your pictures look heavenly. YUMMY!

  6. This sounds like one lemony, luscious cake-enjoy:@)

  7. Mmmm...this sounds delish! I would much rather have something sweet made with lemon than chocolate. Love the setting as well. So glad you and your friend could enjoy a very lovely tea!


  8. This sounds soooooooooo delicious. I wish I lived nearer. I would come to visit you immediately before the cake is gone. I cannot eat so much sugar so I need to look for a substitute . Do you think that should be possible??

  9. Just lovely! I wouldn't want to cut in to it! I love your little bunnies! ♥

  10. I love anything lemon! This recipe is definitely going in my recipe box! Thanks for sharing!

  11. You are making great use of those lemons. This cake is so pretty and sounds delish!
    The vignette you created with that gorgeous platter just took my breath away and I love the font you have used to label your photos. So cute.
    A most inspiring post and a recipe too. Can't beat that. :).

  12. Oh! I should have had breakfast before checking your blog. Now this cake is all I can think about!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  13. This looks so delicious! It made my mouth water just looking at the photos. Luckily, you posted photos of the lemonade to quench my thirst. (actually, now I'm hungry AND thirsty!)
    Patricia :o)

  14. Those lemons must really have been meant for you - you made such good use of every last one!

  15. That cake looks so yummy! I am just about to have a lemon cupcake :) xx

  16. This looks so delicious, I love anything with lemon. I was also eyeing the pitcher and lemon squeezer. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love tea cakes, you can't miss with them!! Your photos made me hungry for baking!!!
    Have a great week!
    Chris :o)

  18. Oh Shirley....I ADORE your American Fostoria cake plate!!! Beautiful & a true American made treasure. I have the sq. one & it is like a piece of history. They don't make 'em anymore.
    I'm also thrilled to see your green depression glass juicer. I had one & broke it years ago. :-*( My plates are the same Jeanette pattern/color. This entire post makes my ♥ sing...especially that lemon tea cake!

  19. I wanna' pop over for a little bite and drink! Yum! Love your depression glass too.

  20. Oh that recipe looks divine!!!! I love lemon flavor, I have never known to poke holes in the top and bottom to let the frosting soak in...What a great idea!


  21. I love your pitcher! I have a vase of that pattern and a large bowl. My grandmother worked at a glass factory and passed down a set of water glasses of that pattern too. I gave them to my daughter and my son-in-law sold them at their yard sale...accidentally. Since then, I was able to get the vase & bowl. I always have an eye out for them though. they are so lovely.

  22. How elegant it all looks and the cake is mouth watering.

  23. This looks SO delish, I am drooling! I am excited to follow your blog! It is so much fun!

  24. Oh my goodness, these sound amazing. That reminds me I've got my lemons I need to use. The birthday weekend has thrown me off. Do you think I could sub the powdered buttermilk?

  25. What a spectacular Spring post. Your cake is bee-utiful, perfect party fare and I love your pretty platter. Hope your tea was a smashing success!

  26. I love lemon! I even put lemon curd on my English muffins. This recipe sounds so yummy and I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much!!

    Susan and Bentley

  27. oh yum! this looks so good!!
    i love all your Depression Glass too :)

  28. I can't wait till lemon season again so I can try your recipe for the cake. Thanks for posting it! I'm a new follower of your blog - enjoy it so much.

    Warm hugs,

  29. Love anything lemon, part of being a sun girl. Your depression glass is beautiful, something else I love. Have a great day and thanks for visiting me.

  30. Oh my! This cake looks fantastic! And the fresh lemonade....please pur me a glass!

  31. Oh girl my thighs are tremblin'...that lemon cake looks marvelous and what would be better than washin' it down with fresh lemonade??? Woohoo!!!

    Now, if ya have any leftovers, could ya toss a bite my way???

    God bless and have an amazin' day!!! ;o)

  32. This is a heavely post! Thank you for sharing that recipe. The cake looks delicious!
    Isabelle x

  33. My mouth is watering.....this recipe sounds scrumptious. x

  34. I love your blog! And your lemon tea cake makes my mouth water.

  35. Your lemon cake looks super yummy and so pretty too..thanks for sharing the recipe! Lovin' your little bunnies...Easter time is so fun isn't it?! I'm off to explore more of the posts I've missed :)
    Hoping you have a beautiful day...
    Big hugs,

  36. this looks so good I may have to bring this to our Lent dinner at church tonight...hmmm!

  37. Oh, my, this cake looks delicious! I'm so glad you found my blog and became a follower because now I "found" your cute blog too.

  38. This looks amazing my friend....we are a lemon loving son in law will love me forever if I make him this. xoxoxo hugs

  39. I love your blog!!! A kindred spirit for sure. That recipe of Lemon Cake is a must do!
    I am your newest follower!

    Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

  40. You triple lemon tea cake looks absolutely delicious! Gorgeous. And that bowlful of lemons is a real treat! For added lemon flavor, I like to toss in a freshly snipped lemon verbena leaves. Yum! Thanks for visiting Rosemary's Sampler!

  41. Oh my....I am drooling all over my laptop! That is finest looking lemon cake I have ever seen! Now, I am craving it. And, I know anything I were to buy out would not even remotely be this good!

  42. To Heidi- Just in case you check back here- I am not ignoring you. Your blog won't allow me to leave a comment. I don't know why. - Garden Of Daisies

  43. What a yummy post! I love lemons too. That cake looks gorgeous - I shall try it sometime. Love your pretty glassware too. Thanks for your comments. Abby x

  44. Mmmmmm, yummy. And so beautifully displayed. I like that you included the lemon juicer.

  45. Hi!
    Thanks for visiting my blog, leaving lovely comments and becoming a follower!
    I'm so glad you did as now Ive found your lovely blog!
    That lemon cake looks and sounds delicious - am so glad you shared the recipe!
    I love lemons too, and have a little lemon tree with 2 lemons waiting to be picked - now i have some ideas for using them.
    Gill x

  46. Oh that looks luscious! Nothing like fresh lemons, and it looked like you had a windfall!

  47. oh YUMMMM now I'm hungry! I remember the lemonade my Granny used to make, nothing like it :) Catherine x

  48. Lemons are one of my most favorite flavors - and this cake looks so delicious!!!!! I collect Depression Glass too - and I have that little green juicer!! I love pink and green glass - and Indiana Carnival Glass with the grape motiff. Thank yor for sharing your recipe and your treasures!

  49. I'm so going to try this recipe! Looks fab!!! I just love lemony desserts : ) and your bunny napkin holders take the cake! Thanks for sharing~

  50. Cakes are in the oven : ) Hope they're as good as they look : )


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