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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.

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Michael Ann

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lemon Bundt Cake

You know I love lemons and lemony recipes. My Meyer Lemon tree is bursting with fruit right now and I am eager to take advantage of it. I have a bowl on my kitchen table filled with lemons and my kitchen smells wonderful!

Along with the Meyer Lemon Cake recipe I have already posted, this recipe is one of my lemon favorites. The cream cheese frosting is really delicious. A slice of this cake is like a slice of Heaven!

This recipe comes from the March 2006 edition of Good Housekeeping magazine.

Lemon Bundt Cake

Cake:
3 lemons
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk*



Frosting:
2 cups powdered (confectioners') sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325-F. Grease and flour (or us PAM cooking spray for baking) a 12-cup Bundt pan.

From your three lemons, grate 2 TB lemon peel and squeeze 3 TB juice.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar on low speed to mix, then on high for 3 minutes. On low, beat in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. (*Remember, if you don't have buttermilk on hand, measure 1 tsp. of cider vinegar or lemon juice into a measuring cup, then fill to 1 cup with milk.)  Fold in lemon zest and juice; spoon into pan.

Bake 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto rack and cool completely.

For the frosting, in a large bowl, with mixer on low speed, blend sugar, butter and cream cheese. Beat in juice and vanilla. On high, beat until fluffy. Spread over cake.

Happy Baking!







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35 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe Michael Ann, I just happen to have three more lemons! What would I do without you?

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  2. I am salivating right now. The icing on that cake makes me want to eat the computer. I'm making that soon. Even if it's just for me.

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    1. Laughing! I can just picture you licking the screen :-)

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  3. One of the reasons I like to make bunt cakes is that I don't feel like I have to frost them, but now you have made it look worth the effort! Yum!

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    1. Oh, I hear ya. It is unusual to have a frosted bundt cake. Cut seriously, do NOT leave this frosting off. It is to DIE for. You NEED the frosting. All the people who have had a slice of this cake have commented on the frosting!

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    2. Noticed Meyer lemons aT the grocery store yesterday for the first time! Thought of you! Tagged you in an award meme thingy!

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  4. ---O, MY!
    This looks spectacular :)

    And I adoooore Lemon.

    I shall make this. thank you!

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  5. That is one beautiful cake Michael Ann! It sounds simply divine, although I might leave off the frosting.

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  6. Those are my sentiments exactly...THAT IS ONE BEAUTIFUL CAKE! My mama always swirled the frosting, so that special touch makes it even more inviting for me. =D How wonderful you have your own lemons and can have a bowlfull in your kitchen. What a great fragrance.

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  7. MA- When my weekends settle down a bit I'm definitely making this one- looks easy and delicious!

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  8. Michael Ann, here I come with the questions again! Any ideas for buttermilk substitutions that actually work? I ask because buttermilk is not something I generally stock. I love, love lemon cake! Would you believe I pay two euros for a slice at the Starbucks here? And I'm certain is not a fraction as good as yours! I can't wait to try this recipe! :)

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  9. I am so jealous you have a lemon tree! We've tried three times to grow one and have killed it every time. :( This cake is so pretty and it sounds so good, I can almost taste it.

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  10. You make everything look so gorgeous!! Lemon is one of my favorites too, and simple bundt cake is even better. This would be perfect for one of my church luncheons....

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    1. Thank you, Angie! Let me know how you like it!

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  11. Just 'shared' this recipe on Facebook Michael Ann. It was absolutely delicious and my friends loved it, saying I had outdone myself. Pretty good praise I would say!

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I'm so glad your friends enjoyed it so much too. Yes, that is mighty nice praise! :-)

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  12. Buttermilk is my fav to cook with, and to grow your own lemons! I can't imagine growing lemons, have live in cold climate my entire life. But I would love to be able. Maybe in my dreams. Have a great weekend and happy st paddy's day Michael Ann...........andi

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  13. Hi Michael,

    Love, love, love this cake. I absolutely have to try it. Haven't seen you around lately. Are you still on She Writes?

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  14. oh yum!!! I can tell by the picture and ingredients this will be a hit in out house. I made strawberry cake last night that went over just ok..
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  15. I hope you don't mind Darling... but I used you as my example... xoxo
    http://www.blogaholicnetwork.com/profiles/blogs/bogging-or-blogging-helpful-tips-from-caffe

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  16. Now that the weather is warmer and more like Spring, I can't wait to try this. Wouldn't some fresh strawberries on top be good with it?
    I hope you'll check in with me often, let me know how the transition is progressing, from one Xanax fan to another. <3

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    1. LOL!!! Hooray for Xanax! :-) Ooo, yes, I think strawberries would be lovely on this! Lemon and strawberry is good. I will continue to check in Nancy, I like to keep up with how you are doing.

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  17. Oh, I love this cake! I had forgotten where the recipe came from though. I have made it at least three times. A great Spring recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Oh wow, that is great! Thank you for letting me know how much you love it!

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  18. OMG, this cake looks amazing! And I love lemon. It's a flavor I crave as much as chocolate.

    But I have to tell you, I "followed" your blog ages ago, but have not been receiving any announcements/emails re new posts. So, I was thinking, maybe I didn't follow it. Just now I clicked on the tab at the top and it told me that I am following it. So I wonder why it's leaving me in the dark, missing all these fabulous recipes?? Anyway, I think I'm going to also sign up via email to see if that works for me. Wish me luck!

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  19. Ooohh, that is one gorgeous crumb to your cake. And I love the idea of a lemon cream cheese frosting instead of a glaze like other cakes.

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  20. I made this last night. I think it is like a pound cake and very tasty. The icing is amazing and looks very pretty.

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  21. Well thank you so much for coming back to let me/us know! I agree, it is much like a pound cake with delicious icing :-) So glad you enjoyed it!

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  22. This sounds great! I love lemon cake.

    One question - you say you bake every day. How on earth do you eat so much baking?! :)

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    1. I have two teenage boys and all their friends.. :-) Plus I freeze stuff AND give a lot away.

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  23. This looks amazing. I love lemon stuff, too. Gavin and I will have to give it a go!

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  24. This is beautiful, and I love anything lemon. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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