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I’ve got a very delicate, moist and intensely citrusy cake here today. It’s easy to make and a perfect summery afternoon treat. The recipe is an adaptation from Ina Garten but I added cardamom to it because I love the flowery and slightly minty notes it adds. (Well, and also because this is, after all, The Spice Train). Hope you like it!
P.S.: Be sure to come back here on Sunday when I’ll announce the winners of the DMBLGiT June 2015 contest!
- This recipe is for one 8.5 inch by 4.25 inch by 2.5 inch loaf pan.
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons yogurt
- 4 teaspoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 5 teaspoons lemon juice (or more, depending on the humidity in your kitchen)
- chopped pistachios
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease the loaf pan, sprinkle flour on it and then shake out the excess.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
- Add the eggs and continue to beat until incorporated.
- Beat in the lemon zest.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and soda, salt and cardamom. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix lemon juice, yogurt, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
- Beat in the wet and dry ingredients, little by little, alternating between the two.
- Fill the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 -50 minutes.
- Let the cake cool.
- Whisk the two ingredients together and keep adding lemon juice until you have a slow-moving icing.
- Drizzle the icing on the cake and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on.
Food Photography and Styling: I wanted this shot to look bright and summery and used my beige, textured tile as the backdrop, a piece of linen fabric as the “tablecloth” and this pretty ceramic cutting board (from The World Market) as a surface for the cake. Since you can’t tell just by looking that this is a lemon cake I placed a few lemon slices in the composition as well. I lit this photo with natural light from a south-facing window to the left of the set.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/4, 1/10 sec., ISO 200. Natural Light.