May 31, 2010


Lemon Bundt Cake

lemon bundt cake whole

It’s funny.  We’re not big chocolate fans around here.  Maybe it’s because I have a house full of guys, but even I can take it or leave it.  When I ask the boys what kind of cake they want for their birthday, they never say chocolate.  I know.  It’s hard to believe when most of the world loves chocolate.  Most often they request carrot cake or banana cake.  My husband has always been a fan of lemon desserts, and the rest of us enjoy them too.  That’s why I decided to try making a bundt cake that was nice and lemony.

I’m partial to bundt cakes.  They look nice, and don’t require frosting.  You can dust them with powdered sugar or add a simple glaze.  I usually go with a glaze, and if I’m not making it for a special occasion, I go light on the glaze.  The glaze I put on this cake has a strong lemon flavor which was exactly what I wanted.  If you like lemon, I bet you’ll enjoy this cake. 

I made the cake dairy free which resulted in a slightly odd texture.  We didn’t notice it when eating,  but it had a stringy look to it which you can see in the photo below.  My family didn’t know when I served it to them that I had made it dairy free.  They thought it was great.  In fact, it was gone in 24 hours and my youngest was almost begging me to make another one.  If you are not dairy free, I’m sure this recipe would work great with dairy ingredients. 

Lemon Bundt Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

lemon bundt cake slice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Wash a nice size lemon, then roll it on the counter a bit to soften it.  Use a zester or microplane to zest the entire lemon,  Set the zest aside.  Cut the lemon, and juice it.   In a liquid measuring cup, put the juice of the lemon plus enough milk substitute to equal one cup.

Combine the first seven ingredients in a small bowl.  In the bowl of your mixer, beat the sugar, oil and eggs on medium-high for about one minute.  Add the lemon extract and mix. Add the flour mix and liquid alternately beginning and ending with the flour mix.  Add about 1/4 at a time and mix on medium speed in between each addition.  Stir in the lemon zest.

Pour the batter into a well greased or sprayed bundt pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes or until it tests done.  Cool in the pan for 5 - 10 minutes.  Make sure the edges of the cake are loose, then turn it onto a rack to finish cooling. 

In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice, adding 1 Tb. of the juice to start with, then more until it reaches the right consistency.  Spoon over the cooled cake.  Serve and enjoy.

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It looks beautiful! Sometimes my dairy free baking comes out looking a little funny, but you hardly notice.

One of my lifesavers has been to use either hemp milk (in a carton, like rice or soy milk) or coconut milk for a richer taste. They both have more protein, which helps the structure of the cake.

We might try this this week. Yum!
Looks like another delicious cake!
I've started baking with almond milk a lot more often, too. I haven't gone dairy-free yet, though I try to keep it to a minimum.
Oh this looks absolutely delicious!! What a great summer type cake!!
Looks fabulous to me, Linda, and I can just imagine how wonderful it tastes, too! Will plan on making this some time in the near future to share with mom and dad. They love Bundt cakes and lemon. :-)

I have a weakness for lemon baked goods! This looks and sounds delightful. I'd need a house full of other people to help me eat this - otherwise, I'd be grabbing slices every time I walked into the kitchen!
this looks great!!
Linda, when I looked at your beautiful cake I believe I could actually taste this cake! It makes my mouth water!
This is such a beautiful cake! You would never know its gluten free by looking at it :)

~Aubree Cherie

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