slicedI’ll be honest – over the past week I’ve had way too many lemons sitting on my kitchen bench.  And I think that now with two children and the fact that Mother’s Day is approaching – it made me reflect back to my childhood.  Growing up, my mother rarely made cupcakes; she made pound cakes – from packet mixes no less!  She’d buy a basic vanilla pound cake mix and we’d add in blueberries, bananas, sultanas, lemon zest, stewed apples…  In those days, we never created anything as fancy as this zesty number but at that phase in my life, the smell of my mother’s packet mix pound cakes baking in the oven and permeating through every room of the house had love written all over it…

I don’t know about you but I love my mum.  She is a nurturer, a healer, a homemaker, an artist, a teacher, and the strongest & most loving woman I have ever known.  This post is dedicated to my mum who has taught me to believe in myself and helped morph me into the person I am today.  Thank you Ma – you are a phenomenal woman.

In celebration of Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, here’s an amazing Martha Stewart recipe that really had me reminiscing back to my glorious and carefree childhood.  It starts with a basic pound cake mixture but is drenched in a glorious lemon syrup, drizzled with an old-fashioned icing sugar glaze, and topped with exquisite candied lemon slices.lemon pound cake

Makes 2 – 9 x 5 inch loaves

1 cup (2 sticks / 220 g) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
2.5 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 lemons, sliced 1/8 inch thick or thinner, seeds removed
1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 to 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)

Preheat oven to 350F/175C.  Butter two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans; dust with flour, tapping out excess.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, & lemon zest.dry ingredients

With an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.butter & sugar

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.eggs

Mix in vanilla.vanilla

Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of sour cream.batter

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans; smooth tops with an offset spatula.ready to bake

Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes (tent loosely with foil if tops begin to brown too quickly).baked

In a medium saucepan, combine granulated sugar & water; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Add lemon slices; simmer very gently over medium-low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until slices are opaque throughout, about 35 minutes.lemon slices

lemon in syrup

Remove from heat; with a slotted spoon, transfer slices to a sheet of waxed paper.  Stir lemon juice into syrup to taste.candied lemon slices

lemon syrup

Remove cakes from oven.  While still in pans, use a wooden skewer or toothpick to poke several holes in tops.  Set aside 1/4 cup lemon syrup; pour remainder over cakes.syrup on cakes

Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool completely, about 2 hours.  Turn out cakes onto rack; set rack over a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.  Brush tops and sides of cakes all over with reserved syrup.drying rack

In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 4 tablespoons lemon juice; add up to 2 more tablespoons juice until glaze is pourable but thick.  Pour over cakes (still on rack), letting it drip down sides.glaze

Let set, about 30 minutes.  Garnish with candied lemon slices.lemon pound cakes

And there you have it.. amazingly tender cakes which taste as good as they look!lemon pound cake

slicedWhat is something that reminds you of your mother?

2 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Love lemon drizzle – I use nigella’s recipe. Your cake looks fab !

    • Elaine

      Thank you! I will have to take a look at Nigella’s. Posting up her banana bread recipe later this week or next – so delish!!! xx


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