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e2d2 April 12, 2022
i made this cake last night for a dinner with friends, and we LOVE it! the most perfectly sugary lemon cake i’ve made. subbed canola oil and sour cream. if you don't like sweet (???) you can always make less frosting; a lot of the sweetness is there. and i highly recommend reading the accompanying article about the author’s grandmother. it brought actual tears to my eyes and reminded me of my own grandmother, who demonstrated so much love through food, and from whom i did not learn enough (though i later discovered her brownies—iconic in my eyes—were duncan hines!). how wonderful the author collaborated, in a way, with her grandmother to create this delicious recipe. 10 stars!!
Jessie S. April 12, 2022
love that you read my story about my grandmother and appreciated it! means so much though maybe not quite as much as the fact you loved the cake - yay yay yay. XO
Garth March 1, 2020
=) =) I see the trouble other reviewers may be having re: producing a lighter cake. They probably made the same mistake I did and overlooked the "fold gently". Ha! I continued whisking thoroughly and vigorously through EVERY step and the result was, indeed, a light, moist lemony cake. I topped slices with a simple meringue and a sliver of candied lemon peel and the result was amazing
Jessie S. March 1, 2020
Glad u enjoyed! So are u saying ignore the direction to fold gently if u want a light cake?
MJ W. April 21, 2019
Made this cake today. It is very dry and bland. Rose a lot higher than what the photo and video showed. I was surprised that the lemon flavor isn't that strong. Even with the glaze, the cake itself is very dry and I checked my cake at 28 min and it was done. I should have checked at 22-24 minutes. I was expecting a much moister, dense cake. This isn't it.
Jessie S. April 22, 2019
Wow. So sorry to hear you were disappointed. It sounds like it must have over baked, as I have yet to hear the criticism that the cake is dry. Do U have an oven thermometer? Perhaps your oven runs hot?
Sarah April 18, 2019
I have made this cake twice now with fantastic results - everyone loves it! I bake it in an aluminum 9x13 pan, I use canola oil instead of olive, I use sour cream instead of creme fraiche and I do add the lemon extract. I do also poke holes in the cake before applying the glaze. Served straight from the pan - Lemony deliciousness!
RisenWell February 14, 2019
I made this cake yesterday exactly as written, save for using a bundt pan vs. sheet pan. Cake rose well, baked well, had great crumb. But.Despite all the lemon, it was pallid in flavor and had an unpleasant cornstarch taste coming through (likely from the called-for cake flour). Given the oil and sour cream, I'd hoped for a more succulent texture. I've been baking for 60 years and am always willing to try new recipes but this one isn't going to be added to my files.
Troy N. March 19, 2019
Before totally throwing int he towel, you might want to try it again using the sheet pan. It worked great for me.
Normie February 9, 2019
I want to bake this for my Mom. She loves lemon cakes. How long should I bake the cake using a bundt pan?
Jessie S. February 9, 2019
So glad u want to make it for your mom!! Not sure how it will do in a bundt pan, honestly, as it is a very dense cake. Are u opposed to doing it in a sheet pan?
Sara K. January 27, 2019
Absolutely love this cake and also find that it freezes very well so that my husband and I can enjoy at a later date too. But my cake really sinks in the middle a lot. Could this be because I should mix the flour more vigorously or that I am using the cornstarch substitute method to make the cake flour? It is still delicious but it is a major hollow in middle of pan!
Jessie S. January 27, 2019
Hi Sara and so happy to hear u love the cake and so sorry about the sinking. Hmmm. I’m wondering if your oven temp is inaccurate? Or you could be working with expired baking powder? You definitely should not be more vigorously mixing the batter and I’m not sure if the cake flour substitute is causing the sinking. I’m sorry to not be more helpful, but I would start with making sure your oven is accurate, your BP is still working, and be gentle when mixing.
Erin December 24, 2018
I made this for my mother in law, who loves lemon desserts. Mine did not turn out as expected - was very light and airy without a strong lemon flavour (it was there but very much a hint of lemon). I think I over mixed and added too much air to the batter. It still tastes good, but I think I need to use lemon oil and be less vigorous next time (will make again).
Jessie S. December 24, 2018
I am so sorry u did not love the cake. And surprised it was not lemony enough. Did u apply the glaze? That definitely helps boost the lemon flavor. Please try it again and hope when u do u enjoy!
Wendy C. November 23, 2018
This cake was fabulous. No, it's not light, nor is it meant to be, so the comments about its density are a bit confusing. Is it sweet? Yes. This is a cake that reminds you of childhood, meaning, it's not *sophisticated,* rather, it's just downright delicious. I subbed canola oil for the light olive oil (because I didn't have any) with great success. This is a new family favorite!
MelissaH October 22, 2018
When you measure flour, how do you do it? Dip and sweep? Spoon and sweep? Better yet, if you measure a cup of flour (however you do it), what does it weigh? Flour in particular has so many variables in measuring that it can be difficult to get the same results as the recipe writer intended without guidance.
Jessie S. October 22, 2018
Agreed re: flour! and thanks for asking. i just dip and sweep - usually a cup of flour weighs around 130-135 grams for me.
Jennifer October 22, 2018
Just made this but I found the cake way too sweet before even adding the glaze. I also think there’s way too much flour - makes for a very heavy & dense cake which is not my fave. Usually love your recipes but this one was not a keeper.
Jessie S. October 22, 2018
So sorry to hear u were disappointed. The cake IS dense from the oil, I”d say, but that is intentional and yes: I like a sweet cake, but apologies that that is not your thing.
Jenna K. October 21, 2018
This sounds delicious. But there’s a video included that’s confusing. It has different amounts of AP flour, baking powder, sugar, lemon extract, and leaves out baking soda entirely. Which recipe is more accurate? The video also includes 1 tbsp of creme fraiche in the glaze. Is that correct?
Jessie S. October 21, 2018
Oh, gosh. So sorry about this. Please follow the recipe ingredient amounts and not the video! I know Food52 is working on fixing the video!
Yolanda October 20, 2018
This story reminded me of my grandmother. When i went through her recipes, i was surprised at the non-gourmet tricks she used to make her seemingly gourmet desserts. My question: In the story, you said your slice was tall, but in the video it seems that it doesn’t rise very high. Is there a way to make it high as you described in your wonderful story?
Jessie S. October 20, 2018
Ahhh, yes, you’re right. I think the cake will actually bake up a bit higher than in the video, but the memory of the “tall” slice perhaps is more wishful thinking than anything else?
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