Little Lemon Cake

This little face always makes me think of sunshine.
Happy little rays of sunshine.
And this little sunshine just turned One Year Old.

We are having a small family party on Sunday to celebrate the year of FUN she has brought into all our lives, and of course, I need to test some candidates for a fitting dessert. One year birthdays are momentous in our family, as that is the happy day the One Year Old gets to taste dessert for the very first time. Unless, of course, someone slipped ’em a cold one (aka: ice cream) when mom wasn’t looking (aka: dad. ahem).

Many thanks to D.H., I found a little bite of sunshine sure to please my little birthday girl. (It has already, but don’t tell dad…)

Frosty Little Lemon Cakes

adapted from a recipe found in Donna Hay’s Off the Shelf
For cakes:
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
Zest of one lemon (2 teaspoons)
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar (place granulated sugar in your food processor and voila! caster sugar)
4 eggs
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For frosting:
Juice of one lemon (1/4 cup)
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (160 C)

Cream butter, lemon zest and caster sugar. Gradually add the eggs until incorporated. In a separate bowl sift together flour, almonds, baking powder and salt. Gently fold into butter mixture just until mixed.

Spoon the batter into 12 muffin tins (lined with paper liners or well greased) and bake about 20 minutes, until golden and tester comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack immediately.

Combine lemon juice and sugar and pour over the cakes while hot. Let set for a few minutes and serve warm or chilled.

  • The ground almonds were such a unique addition; made these more than your usual lemon pastry – they added texture and took an edge off the sweetness of the cake itself. Plus, they made it pretty.
  • I do think I will try to omit an egg or two next time – the flavour of EGG seemed to almost take over, but at the last, lemon won out. I will update the recipe when I find out how that works. 4 eggs are a little scary.
  • The frosting is just right- not way too sweet as most glazes tend to be, and not so tart your mouth tries to turn inside out. Although I tend to love anything and everything lemon, especially if it is tart. But I am trying to appeal to a more delicate palatte here…and I think I was successful:

Overall, these little lemon cakes are awesome, and perfect for celebrating a fun, happy, sweet and feisty little girl we so love.

Happy birthday, sunshine. I love you.

(There we are, a whole year ago. Wowee, time does fly. Sniff.)

17 thoughts on “Little Lemon Cake

  1. ok, this is NOT lemon tartlets. but since there are such cute pics included i’ll let it slide…

    save me some glaze, haha!! YUM!


    girl, you KNOW how much I love lemon. And that frosting sounds a-MA-zing — pure lemon juice and sugar?! *sigh*

    Happy birthday, little one!

  3. yeah, we put up with seriously bad hospital cafeteria food for that bit of sunshine. or was that sunshine’s older brother? whatever, it was *baaaad* stuff.
    We go her a puppy. i hope you don’t mind…

  4. no, courtney, that was for the older brother (hey! i was there that day too! haha). I remember the new dad coming in and bawling on the new grandpa’s shoulder QUITE distinctly. i cant remember where we went to eat for sunshine….but i rode in the car with you and and sunshines older brother and the grandparents….was it taco bell? mcdonalds? oh! i also remember that you and your mom were vying for $50 for a certain competition that was going on between the two of you…remember that?? who ended up with the $50 anyway?

  5. Happy Birthday.
    Those cakes are so adorable, I will definitely be trying this out.
    And I agree four eggs does seem a bit much. I think I might just try it with two or three.

  6. bea – thank you! i look forward to all the fun we are going to have with this little one! πŸ™‚

    court/krysten – thanks for your sacrifice. πŸ™‚ i had to eat that food, too, you know. AND have a baby. or two.

    jen jen – thanks! i did make another batch with only three eggs and they were a little more dense and dry. perhaps an experiment with egg whites is in order? i need to learn more the science of these things. good luck with yours!

  7. Chanelle- what is your new phone number— totally delete this comment if you want, but we wanted to invite you over for Labor Day fest at the Ziglers since we’re housesitting. Sunday afternoon 4-5ish depending on the naps πŸ™‚ Bring your own meat πŸ™‚
    Love Nora

  8. oh whatever courtney! there was no time for uhauls and boxes, that girl was moved in by the end of the first day.

    hmph! i think it broke some kind of record…i think maybe they need to be providing all of US with meals, instead of the other way around! haha!

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