This morning I decided to bake something for the Labor Day festivities, got out the latest issue of Cooking Light and put on the new cd my friend Susan made for my birthday; it's entitled Cake! Perfect music-to-bake to and I believe it helped my kitchen witch talents because this cake was a big hit!
Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake
This cake is great with a cup of morning coffee or mixed berries and a scoop of sorbet for dessert. Use a whole teaspoon of lemon extract for more intense lemon flavor.
3 tablespoons grated lemon rind (about 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 large eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, combine rind and 3 tablespoons juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, rind mixture, and extract, beating until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and 1 cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beating at low speed, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, and 1 tablespoon buttermilk in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Garnish with grated lemon rind once glaze is set, if desired.
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
CALORIES 267 (24% from fat); FAT 7g (sat 4g,mono 1.9g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 4.3g; CHOLESTEROL 56mg; CALCIUM 46mg; SODIUM 252mg; FIBER 0.8g; IRON 1.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 47.3g