As the days are getting shorter and colder here in NZ its always nice to have the bright flavour of lemons to lift the spirits . This yummy moist cake is defiantly a favourite !
I love lemons and still remember when I first tasted this gem , it was like a velvet , lemon curd that wasn't to sweet or to tart in fact - PERFECT !
I had to have the recipe ... Apparently it is Julie Le Clerc recipe , I have never seen original copy or what book it is from , as it was handwritten out my a dear friend who had made it and passed on & quickly stuck into my ' little black book ' of recipes .
Every great cook or baker has one of these , if you dont I suggest making one for all those hand down , found , cut out , scribbled down recipes .... such a great tapastry which I hope to pass down to my boys one day.
Any way before I get all sentimental over my recipe book , the lemon cake ! I always use natural yoghurt instead of sour cream . Totally up to you here , I prefer yoghurt and have made with sourcream but think yoghurt offers a nicer texture . Never forget the lemon syrup at the end this is what give the cake a moist tangy sweet yumminess . I also omit the lemon essence from the original - cant see why you would need it . I hope you have a lovely friend like I do that has a unlimited supply of lemons from her tree for me ! Anytime I make this I am asked for the recipe ... such a wonderful dessert
Lemon Sour Cream Cake
125 grams Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
Finley Grated zest of one lemon
1/2 Cup sour cream or natural unsweetend yoghurt
1 Cup plain Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
juice of 3 lemons
1/2 Cup caster sugar
1. Preheat oven to 160 c , grease and flour a smallish cake tine
2. Cream soft butter , sugar until pale , Beat in zest , eggs and sour cream or yoghurt
3. Fold in sifted ingredients till just mixed pour into tin , bake for 30 - 40 mins until top is golden and a skewer come's out clean ( while its cooking , mix lemon juice & sugar in a small jug )
4. Remove from oven , stab cake all over with skewer and pour over lemon sugar
5. Leave in tin till cool and turn out onto plate , pile high with fresh whipped cream or Greek yogurt