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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meyer Lemon Cake

I have mentioned before that we have a Meyer Lemon tree in our backyard. This time of year it is bursting with fruit. I am always on the look-out for tasty lemon recipes and when I found this one in a magazine, I really hit the jackpot.

This cake may not look all that exciting, but it TASTES absolutely DIVINE. With a strong lemon flavor and pound-cake like texture, it is a real taste sensation!

I am the first to admit I am not the best glaze drizzler in the world. I really need a better technique. If anyone has any hints for good glazing, please share them with us in the comment section!

Meyer Lemon Cake

1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 TB Meyer lemon zest
3 TB Meyer lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla or lemon extract (I use lemon)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup sour cream (light sour cream is ok.)

1 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 to 2 TB Meyer lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350-F. Butter a deep 9-inch cake pan or coat with PAM baking spray.  Do NOT substitute an 8-inch pan! The batter will overflow. I know this from first-hand experience :-).

In a batter bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Mix in the lemon zest, lemon juice and extract. Be sure to add all the zest that gets stuck on the beaters!

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Stir it into the wet ingredients until well incorporated. Stir in the sour cream and blend well.

Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for 30-40 min. Remove from oven when toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then invert it onto a rack to cool completely.

To mix the icing, measure powdered sugar in a small bowl and add enough lemon juice to make it a thick drizzle consistency. Drizzle icing over cake and let dry before serving.

Happy Baking!


  1. Seriously, this is my dream cake. I'm going to buy some lemons to make this this weekend. YUM. Thanks, MA!

  2. I am seriously jealous you have that tree, and this time of year! I cannot think of anything more wonderful in one's garden than a lemon tree. The recipe looks awesome also.

  3. OMG, I love ANYTHING lemon and this cake looks divine. I can almost taste it, just by looking the photo. And it really does look simple to make. Thx for sharing!

  4. Your Meyer lemon cake look yummy!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  5. Michael Ann, pour your glaze into a ziploc bag, cut a tip off a corner, and drizzle away! I don't have access to Meyer lemons; will any old lemon do?

  6. Thanks, Nancy! I know I've read about that technique before but haven't tried it yet. Will do it next time! I have never baked this cake with a regular lemon so I'm not sure, to be honest. Regular lemons are more tart so I would probably use the vanilla extract instead of the lemon. That's the only change I would make. Give it a whirl and let me know!

  7. I second the ziploc bag notion, and also have no lemon tree in my yard, so can you send me some lemons...or just a piece of cake?

    1. Mmm....soggy lemon cake :-) I sent my mom a box of lemons once and it cost me like $40!!!

  8. You are so lucky...I grew up with a Meyer lemon tree in my yard, too, and there's nothing like the taste. I have a Meyer lemon bread recipe that's amazing!

    1. When we get together, I'll bring you some! Would love your recipe!

  9. I love the lightness of the icing. That looks fantastic!

  10. Oh my gosh!! That looks incredible!! I love anything lemon, and I have been craving something with lemon and blueberries....Seeing this cake, I would settle for just lemon. Lucky you with fresh lemon access!

  11. Mmm. I love lemon. I'm always so jealous of people who have lemon trees in their gardens - that just seems so unbelievable to me! Do you preserve any of the lemons?

    1. Ooo, if I knew how I might. We use them up right off the tree pretty well though. Plus, they last a long time on the tree, they don't go mushy or rotten for a real long time.

  12. How nice to have your own lemon tree! The cake looks wonderful, as I'm sure it is. All your recipes are! =)

  13. I SO wish I had a slice of that right now!

  14. Thanks for sharing this with us! YUM! Thanks so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you will be back next Saturday to share more of your terrific recipes! -The Sisters

  15. Oh yum! I can almost taste this. I love lemon desserts so much :)


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