Lemon and Almond Cake with Vanilla frosting

It seems like every cake or cookie I make these days has to have lemon in it. This new-found obsession may be directly linked to my incredibly generous lemon tree.
This year it’s going crazy and there are only so many Gin&Tonics a breast-feeding mother can have…what to do with the rest of the lemons? Boil a few for two hours and blend them togther with eggs, sugar and almond meal and make yourself a deliciously moist lemon cake. And, yes, it goes well with Gin&Tonic, if you were wondering…

INGREDIENTS, serves 8

For the cake

2 large lemons, whole

250 gr of sugar

250 gr of almond meal (almond flour)

5 egg yolks

1 teaspoon of baking powder

5 egg whites, whipped to soft peaks

HOW TO

1. Boil two large lemons for two hours then blend them, whole, in a food processor with 250 gr of sugar, 250 gr of almond meal and 5 egg yolks.

2. Add a teaspoon of baking powder. Whisk 5 egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gently fold in the lemon mixture.

3. Pour onto a greased and floured cake tin and bake at 170 degrees Celsius (338 degrees Fahrenheit) for 40/45 minutes.

Cool down in the tin, then reverse onto a cake stand and ice with vanilla frosting.
For the vanilla frosting

75 gr soft butter
375 gr icing sugar ( I know, it’s a lot. Keep your kids away or they’ll be bouncing off the walls within seconds!)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk

HOW TO

1. Blend butter and sugar until creamy then add vanilla and milk. Beat for a couple of minutes on medium speed, until frosting is smooth.

2. Spread frosting onto your cooled cake and decorate with toasted pistacchio nuts and lemon zest.

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9 thoughts on “Lemon and Almond Cake with Vanilla frosting

    • Yes Cathy, as strange as it sounds! When you boil whole lemons for that much time, the rind will go very soft and will loose bitterness. I would suggest to cut them in half before blending them, to make sure to get rid of any peeps.

  1. I love baking. Sadly the feeling isn’t reciprocated. Produced a rock that if tossed could have caused serious collateral damage. However, on re-tracing the steps, baking powder bounced off the page so a 2nd attempt is definitely on the agenda as this looks so delicious. Your book hasn’t reached our shores yet but things take a while here. News reports on the NSW bush fires are utterly devastating and I hope you are all okay.

    • Dear Su, thanks for your message. I have family that had to evacuate because of the fires, it’s been pretty full on…But we are all safe, so this is what matters! Give the cake another go, I promise you it’s worth it!
      All the best
      Silvia

  2. Meant to tell you that I remade this and it was perfect! Warm wishes from South Africa for Christmas and the New Year and hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for you all.

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