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Ina suggests serving this with lemon curd or oven-roasted fruit, but I like it best with fresh blackberries or just straight up. Snarf city.
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 2- 8 inch loaves
  • For the Cake:
  • ½ lb. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2½ C. granulated sugar
  • 4 extra large eggs at room temperature
  • ⅓ C. grated lemon zest (6-8 large lemons)
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ C. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ C. buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 2 C. confectioner's sugar
  • 3½ Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease, flour, and line the bottom of two 81/2 X 41/4 X 2½ inch loaf pans with parchment paper. (I just used one bundt pan and it also worked out great).
  2. Cream the butter and 2 Cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an automatic mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a tiime, and the lemon zest.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine ¼ Cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minute to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Combine ½ Cup granulated sugar with ½ Cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  6. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon the lemon syrup over the cakes, allow the cakes to cool completely.
  7. For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.
Recipe by Portland Sampler at https://portlandsampler.com/barefoot-contessas-lemon-cake/