It's time for The Home Bakers again! This time the cake was chosen by Grace from Life Can Be Simple. The cake is mixed together without the use of a mixer (hooray!) and without the use of butter (oil is the fat here). Oil-based cakes are moist and tender, and this cake is no exception!
I scaled down the recipe by ⅓ and made a few substitutions here and there (see end of the post for the substitution notes. I also made candied lemon slices to decorate the cake. On the first day, when I tasted the cake, despite the cake being moist and tender, the lemon taste wasn't strong at all (even though I did not omit the lemon glaze). I was a little disappointed and wondered whether I should bake again and increase the amount of lemon used.
On the second day, when I tasted the cake, I was surprised - after a night of resting, the lemon taste became more intense! So do try to make the cake a day ahead so that it had time for the flavours to develop!
Before I go into the step-by-step photos (and the recipe for the candied lemon slices), I just want to share a surprise that I received from World Kitchen a few days back! World Kitchen had kindly sponsored me a Corelle® Frost a few months back and I was in love with the simple, chic and lightweight plates. Imagine my surprise when I came home to find out that World Kitchen had delivered a water tumbler to me (and a very pretty one!)
SNAPWARE® Eco Flip and SNAPWARE® Eco Grip are two new products released by World Kitchn. What's special about these tumblers is that they are not made of plastic, but glass! And not just any type of glass, but borosilicate glass - a non-porous and non-toxic material which is very resistant to thermal shock as compared to other common glass. It is the type of glass used to make Pyrex kitchenware!
In Singapore, many of us carry water tumblers to school, to work and even to the gym, and you may have experienced that when you use plastic or metal tumblers, the liquid will sometimes have a plastic / metallic taste. This will not happen if you are using a glass bottle. Besides, glassware are 100% recyclable, more environmentally friendly and have a longer lifespan than plastic bottles! Undoubtedly it will be a little heavier than normal plastic bottles, but hey, the pros certainly outweigh the cons don't you think?
|SNAPWARE® Eco Flip||SNAPWARE® Eco Grip|
Featuring a patented 2-part leak-proof cap system, the Eco Flip is slim yet capable of holding up to 500 ml of liquid. It will fit snugly in bags and car beverage holders. The special non-slip jacket provides added protection against warm beverages and easy grip.
The Eco Grip features a neoprene sleeve allowing for a comfortable and easy grip. Capable of holding up to 600 ml of liquid, the included nylon strap enhances portability and access on-the-go.
Photos and information courtesy of World Kitchen
Both the Eco Flip and the Eco Grip are US FDA compliant, dishwasher safe and are completely free of Bisphenol-A (BPA). For Singapore readers: available in 3 vibrant colours of green, cyan and tangerine, Eco Flip will retail for just $19.90 (U.P $29.90) while Eco Grip will retail for just $14.90 (U.P. $23.90). Promotion will last from 6 Jun - 30 Jun 2013 and they can be found in major departmental stores - Robinsons, Metro, Tangs etc. For more information, please refer to the World Kitchen website.
(Disclaimer: Other than receiving a complimentary SNAPWARE® Eco Flip from World Kitchen, I am not paid to write this post. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.)
Here's how to make the cake!
|1) Slice a large lemon as thickly as possible.||2) Boil the lemon slices until softened. Reserve 1 cup of the hot lemon water.|
|3) Plunge the softened lemon slices into ice water.||4) Combine sugar and reserved lemon water and bring to a simmer.|
|5) Simmer the lemon slices for 1 hour.||6) Let candied lemon slices cool completely on a lined baking tray before using.|
|7) For the cake, combine eggs, sugar, olive oil, lemon zest and a little vanilla in a large mixing bowl.||8) Whisk the mixture together for about 2 minutes.|
|9) Sift and stir in ⅓ of the flour mixture (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt).||10) Gently whisk in ½ of the buttermilk.|
|11) Sift and stir in ½ of the remaining flour mixture.||12) Stir in the remaining buttermilk.|
|13) Sift and stir in remaining flour mixture.||14) Transfer the batter to a greased and bottom-lined cake tin.|
|15) Bang the cake tin twice on the table counter to release excess air bubbles and bake the cake!||16) While cake is baking, combine lemon juice and sugar together in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.|
|17) When a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, remove cake from oven and set on a wire rack for 10 minutes.||18) Run a knife along the edges of the cake and invert the cake out onto a wire rack. Poke holes all over the cake to absorb maximum syrup.|
|19) Set the wire rack over a baking sheet to catch excess syrup drippings. Pour syrup all over the warm cake. Let cake cool completely on a wire rack.||20) Decorate with candied lemon slices.|
The cake actually tastes better on the second day!
Do check out other fellow Home Bakers' take on this cake here!
Lemon Glazed Buttermilk Cake (makes a 7-inch tube cake)
adapted from Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas
Note: I scaled the recipe down from 3 eggs to 2 eggs, substituted olive oil for canola oil, and omitted the nutmeg (none on hand) and the nuts (I was lazy). I also made my own buttermilk by combining ⅔ tablespoon lemon juice with ⅔ cup milk. My cake was baked at 175 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. After drizzling the syrup over the cake, store the cake in a container and let rest overnight before serving. The flavours will be more intense, i.e, more lemony!
115 grams caster sugar (½ cup)
Zest of 1 ½ lemons
125 ml olive oil (½ cup)
205 grams all-purpose flour (1 ⅔ cups)
⅔ teaspoon baking powder
⅔ teaspoon baking soda
⅛ teaspoon table salt
⅔ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
Zest of ½ lemon
¼ cup lemon juice55 grams caster sugar (¼ cup)
For the full instructions, please refer to Grace's blog (Life Can Be Simple)!
Candied Lemon Slices
- 1 large lemon
- 1 cup sugar
- Wash and scrub the lemon. Slice the lemon as thinly as possible - either using a sharp knife or a mandolin. Dig out and discard the seeds. Discard both ends of the lemon.
- Prepare an ice water bath and set aside.
- Bring a pot of water to rolling boil. Add in the lemon slices and cook for about 1 to 3 minutes, until the lemon slices have softened. Remove the lemon slices and immediately transfer them into the ice water bath. Once the lemon slices have cooled completely, drain. Reserve 1 cup of the hot lemon water.
- In a large shallow pan (large enough to hold the lemon slices in 1 layer), combine the cup of sugar and the reserved hot lemon water. Bring the syrup to a simmer and add in the drained lemon slices. Simmer the lemon slices for 1 hour. Transfer the candied lemon slices to a lined baking sheet. Let stand until ready to serve.