Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lemon Yogurt Cake

As many folks know, I love all things Ina Garten. (I can't figure out whether I'd rather be Ina when I grow up or Tina Fey.) So this cake is awesome on a few counts.

1) This marked the inaugural usage of my KitchenAid mixer.
2) It's lemon - I love lemon. Lemon ... ah lemon.
3) And it's Ina Garten ...

So here is Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake which has been renowned by several food bloggers throughout history. It got a seal of approval from the hubby's coworkers as well, so this one is an easy keeper.

Lemon Yogurt Cake
from Food Network

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.


Hornedfroggy said...

Hey! Since you love Ina, have you thought about joining Barefoot Bloggers? :)

SKM said...

I've checked them out ... thanks for the tip!

Steamed Hams said...

As I recall this was particularly lemony the night it was made, but it mellowed out overnight.

Katie said...

This is one of my favorite cakes of hers!

Dragon said...

Mmmmm, this cake looks fantastic!

Angry Asian said...

am i deluding myself that this cake is good for you not only cus it's Ina's and it's beautiful, but cus it's got yogurt in it?

i'm in love with meyer lemons right now and i think i'll give this recipe a try with them. thanks for sharing!