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Sugar-glazed Lemon Cake

Light, lemony cake with a caramel-lemony glaze
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12


  • 1 standing mixer


  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, grated rind
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 c. blanched almonds, finely chopped, or almond flour
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. water
  • ½ c. brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Grease a 10-inch loaf pan, line the pan with parchment paper, and grease and flour the parchment paper..
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter with ½ c. granulated sugar.
  • Beat in the lemon rind, 1 T. lemon juice, sour cream, and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites with salt until stiff.
  • Gradually beat the remaining ½ c. granulated sugar into the egg whites
  • In a third bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, along with a third of the egg white mixture.
  • Gently add the rest of the egg whites and stir until thoroughly folded in.
  • Gently mix in the finely chopped almonds (or almond flour).
  • Carefully pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hr. and 10 mins. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Make a syrup by combining ¼ c. lemon juice, water, and brown sugar in a sauce pan.
  • Cook saucepan ingredients over low heat, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Immediately upon removing the cake form the oven, prick the top with a long-tined fork or thin skewer.
  • Pour the lemon juice-brown sugar syrup all over the top of the cake to cover it completely.
  • Cool in the pan to let the tangy syrup soak in.


Meyer lemons work especially well with this recipe.  Depending on what I have in my pantry, I will substitute almond meal for the finely chopped almonds, or I’ll grind my own blanched almonds very quickly in a food processor.  (Process the almonds carefully because too much grinding will result in almond paste.)  Finally, I make the syrup first and chill it inthe refrigerator while preparing and baking the cake; I pour cold syrup over the hot cake so that the syrup will be absorbed more.  
Keyword almonds, lemon, Sour cream

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso
Carrot cake with tropical fruit and nut accents, coupled with lemony cream cheese frosting
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 standing mixer


For the cake

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 T. baking soda
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • c. corn oil
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • c. macadamia nuts, chopped
  • c. shredded coconut
  • 1⅓ c. pureed cooked carrots
  • ¾ c. drained, crushed pineapple

For the frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 c. confectioner's sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • ½ lemon, juiced


To make the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Grease two 9" round cake pans lined with wax or parchment paper.
  • Sift dry ingredients into the bolw of a standing mixer.
  • Add oil, eggs, and vanilla; beat well.
  • Fold in nuts, coconut, carrots, and pineapple
  • Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  • Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30-35 mins. or until edges have pulled away from the sides of the pan, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a cake rack 10 mins. then remove from cake pans and finish cooling another 3 hrs.

To make the cream cheese frosting

  • Cream together cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl.
  • Slowly sift in confectioner's sugar and continue beating until fully incorporated; mixture should be free of lumps.
  • Stir in vanilla and lemon juice.
  • Fill cake and frost sides with cream cheese frosting.
  • Refrigerate cake until serving.


In a pinch, I’ve substituted vegetable oil for the corn oil; and when I’ve been really short for time (and can’t get to the grocer), I’ve used light olive oil.  No one has ever noticed the difference.  So now, when I’m feeling virtuous (therefore anti-corn), I use vegetable oil or light olive oil as my default oil in this recipe.
Keyword Carrots, Coconut, cream cheese, macadamia nuts, pineapple