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Monday, August 14, 2017

Lemon Velvet Cake

This lemon cake is luscious and easy to make. The crumb is tender and moist. A homemade cake does not have to be hard!



    Surprise, surprise... I'm back with another cake! After all of those farmer's market recipes last week it seemed like we needed a treat! 😉 In all honesty, I wanted to make some lemon frosting. You know it's all about the frosting for me, right?! So I needed a lemon cake to put it on.


     As luck would have it, the Tumbleweed Contessa happened to post a lemon velvet cake and it sounded perfect. I have been really in to the super simple cakes lately and for whatever reason this sort of reminded me of my devilishly good chocolate cake. Of course besides the fact they both contain flour and sugar, they really aren't that similar. But I was drawn to it anyway.

     In the heat of the summer the tang of citrus is especially welcome, but it can't be all orange creamsicle cheesecake all of the time. Sometimes you have to switch it up... and sometimes you just need frosting!  So I couldn't wait to whip this up and share it at family dinner. It came together as quickly as I had imagined. If the idea of homemade cake is scary to you, I hope you'll make the leap and give it a try. There are so many recipes that are really almost as easy as the box mixes. Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself!


     This cake was really well received. It had a really nice crumb and it served like a dream. I tried to get fancy and candy some lemon for garnish. Things were going really well but all of the sudden it started caramelizing on me. So they ended up darker than I had envisioned, but they smelled wonderful and were actually still quite tasty.

     I guess I'll have to make this cake again so I can conquer the lemons! It'll be a sacrifice, but I'm willing to eat more cake...  err, I mean perfect the culinary technique!


     Now please come back on Wednesday to check out this lemon sweetened condensed milk frosting. It immediately worked its way into my heart and may be one of my new favorites!


Yield: 1 layer cake or 9x13" cake

Lemon Velvet Cake

This lemon cake is luscious and easy to make. The crumb is tender and moist. A homemade cake does not have to be hard!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk soured with 1 tsp lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • optional: yellow food coloring (I didn't use any but you could for a more vibrant yellow color)

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease two 9" pans
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder until completely combined and free of clumps.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together oil, eggs and sugar until light an fluffy.
  4. Add buttermilk, lemon extract, vanilla and lemon juice, whipping until combined.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients until just mixed and then spoon into prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Shared at the Weekend Potluck

28 comments:

  1. That was a nice cake. There was just the right amount of lemon flavor too! That's not always easy to do but you got it right for this cake. And it held together when you cut it!

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    1. It really did serve like a dream and was so good. Thanks =)

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  2. I just went to lemon heaven!! What a beautiful cake that I know is bursting with flavor!!

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  3. Now I'm craving lemon frosting like crazy. It must be contagious :). This cake is just perfection, Carlee! Have a great week!

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    1. I should have started with the disclaimer that the cravings are contagious!

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  4. Yum!! I'm a sucker for lemon - I used to be all about chocolate but I don't know what happened! I have seen recipes for that condensed milk frosting so I'm very interested to know more - can't wait for the post.

    I think you might be the frosting queen! I'm off to see the creamsicle cheesecake!

    Mollie

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    1. I still love my chocolate, but I have a newfound love for lemon too.
      I will wear my new title proudly, thanks Mollie!

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  5. Our brains must have been on the same wavelength this weekend. Lemon is it! This cake looks so good and I love the velvet part! I did cheat and use a box cake, but you are right, it really isn't that much more difficult to make a scratch cake. Thank you for sharing. I'm pinning and sharing this.

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    1. Your cupcakes look amazing! Thanks, Amy!

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  6. My husband and I would have to fight over this cake! Delicious!

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  7. Hi Carlee, I'm on a bit of a blogging go slow at the moment, but can see I've been missing out on some good recipes! A good lemon cake is up there with a good chocolate cake in my book, especially made with lemons straight from the tree. I wonder if this recipe would work with oranges when they are ready. Could be worth a try!

    xx

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    1. Now you have me curious as well. I can't see why it wouldn't work and that sounds DELICIOUS!

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  8. I'm a total sucker for lemon desserts! This cake looks super and so delicious.

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    1. I am too, especially when it's hot out! Thank you so much!

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  9. Mmmmm, I love lemon, this cake looks delicious! I pinned it for later. Will definitely be making this soon.

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  10. Lemon Velvet...you are so creative!! Yum!! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party!! XOXO :) PINNED!!!

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  11. This is a beautiful cake and I sure love the frosting! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Yum! I'm pinning this to my cake board. Looks great!!

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  13. I STRUGGLE with homemade cakes! Seriously I always mess them up so yours looks amazing to me!

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    1. You could definitely pull this off!

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  14. I already had a cake lined up to bake today, but now I want to bake your Lemon Velvet Cake! Husband better be hungry, and eat up!

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    1. Ha! Now I am curious what the other cake on the menu is! I made an apple cake this weekend and I can't wait to share it. There is still a chunk left, but now I'm kind of wanting lemon cake too!

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