March 13, 2008

Tangy Lemon Crème Fraîche Cake

Gather ye lemons while ye may....

Sunshine on a plate. That's what I like to call this zesty lemon cake.

Its flavor sparkles! It is zingy and tangy and creamy all at the same time. The "pucker factor" is what I look for in a lemon dessert and this recipe does not disappoint.

I added some sliced strawberries, fresh from the market, and some chantilly for mon mari.

Lemon Crème Fraîche Cake
serves 8

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (4 ½ ounces) butter
¾ cup superfine sugar (I have made it with regular granulated sugar and that was fine too)
1 ½ tablespoons lemon zest
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups self-raising flour (cake flour)
½ cup crème fraîche (or sour cream)
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Place the butter, sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer (or use a hand mixer) and beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and beat well to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
Mix in the flour,
crème fraîche and lemon juice on low speed.
Immediately pour mixture in a greased, 8 inch square cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Serve warm with more
crème fraîche or chantilly. And strawberries, if you like. Pin It
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