LEMON SPICE CAKE – BEST AND EASY RECIPE

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Lemon Spice Cake for Diwali

Hey, guys! Since it was Diwali yesterday, I thought I’d bake something special for my family. And as a result, ended up baking this loaf of Lemon Spice Cake using the Kazi lemons dad got us from Arunachal Pradesh. Well, you can use any lemon you want. Similarly, sometimes I use the ponderosa lemons from our farm, simply to put the harvest into good use. But I rarely bake things where citrus is the key flavour or ingredient, unless I have to use fresh harvest so it doesn’t go to waste. In other words, my family has a lemon hoarding problem. Not even kidding.

What exactly is this Lemon Spice Cake?

This Lemon Spice Cake is a spin on your regular lemon cake! The spices used in this recipe render a soothing, balanced combination of flavours embracing the just-there presence of lemon. The ingredients are in perfect harmony; rather than competing with each other, all they do is complement. I love pairing cardamom with flavours people least expect me to; be it with dark chocolate or lemon. And thankfully, I end up with the best results! Like it happened with this recipe. As a result, my favourite part of this one is, letting cardamom take the spotlight with lemon while cinnamon photographs this holy union. Because that means – they’re all just-there!

 

My Diwali gift to you:

Lemon Spice Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A spin on your regular lemon cake! The spices used in this recipe render a soothing, balanced combination of flavours embracing the just-there presence of lemon. The ingredients are in perfect harmony; rather than competing with each other, all they do is complement. 

Servings: 1 6" loaf
Author: Pratty and Food
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar measure then powder
  • 100 grams butter melted (or melt 50 gm butter + 2 tablespoons cooking oil)
  • 2 eggs OR 1/2 cup milk for eggless cake
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or crush 15-20 seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the melted butter (or butter+oil), and powdered sugar.
  4. Add one egg to the butter and sugar mixture. Whisk. Then add the second egg and whisk.
  5. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla (if using) to the wet ingredients and combine.
  6. Lastly, add in the dry ingredients to the wet, slowly folding it in. Stop mixing once there are no flour lumps. Avoid overmixing. Because of the zest, it might look a little lumpy, but that's okay.
  7. Take a cake pan of about 6" or a loaf tin (I used loaf tin) and line it with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper then simply grease the mould with a bit of oil, sprinkle some flour and tap off the excess.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared mould. Level the top using the back of a spoon.
  9. Bake in your preheated oven at 175°C for 25-30 minutes. Or till the top has browned well and an inserted knife comes out clean. Done! Let it cool down before you de-mould or slice.
Recipe Notes

The reason I've mentioned either to use only butter or a mixture of butter and oil is because a lot of the times people aren't much into a buttery flavour. Or simply do not like using butter. Also, when you zest the lemon, try to avoid the white bits under the taut yellow/green surface. The white bits will make the cake bitter.

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In addition, if would be interested in another lemony recipe of mine that’s bang-on lemony for you, check out my Lemon Blueberry Cake (eggless) it was one of the star recipes during my baking workshop.

 

My other easy-peasy cake recipes (and eggless) that are also the perfect fall recipes for your to whip up on a lazy day –

Carrot Cake Recipe

Apple Cake Recipe

Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chunks

Moreover, if you’d ask what’s my winter essential, then it’s my Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe. And all I ever need when the temperature take a dip is – these cookies, a blanket, and a good book or series to binge on. Basically, sorted!

 

Thanks for reading my post if you made it this far. Also, if you try any of my recipes, please send me a picture of your attempt or at least your feedback, it’s very encouraging. Therefore, that’s what pushes me to put out more content. And you can send it to me on my Instagram page, Facebook page, or even email it to me at prattyandfood@gmail.com .

 

Thank you and happy baking to you!

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Hey! I'm Pratty. I bake, develop recipes that are easy for people to follow and use few ingredients for the same. I run a recipe blog called Pratty and Food. Food photography is another little aspect of food blogging that has had an immense impact on me.

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