I would have missed this 8th Sugar High Friday event had I not been browsing The Delicious Life late on Thursday afternoon. What? An SHF event is due in 24hrs? *yelp* *panic*
This month's host, Alice, chose citrus for this edition's theme... lemon, limes, oranges etc. Hmmm.. what to make, what to make. Until --inspiration! I'd only just been commenting on Niki's blog about her sour cream chocolate cake with raspberries. I mentioned my favourite lemon sour cream cake, to which Niki insisted I post the recipe. Well hey hey hey, talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Quick nip up to the shops, back home and wham bam, three hours later, the house was filled with that wonderful aroma of butter, sugar and lemon swirling intoxicatingly from the oven. It smelt so good I wanted to bottle it. But hey, why not make your cake and eat it too...
Lemon sour cream cake
From the Australian Women's Weekly Cakes and Slices cookbook
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 cups caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup self-raising flour
200g carton sour cream
Grease a deep 27cm round cake pan, line base with paper; grease paper.
Cream butter, rind and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time, beat until combined.
Stir in half the sifted flours with half the sour cream.
Then stir in remaining sifted flours and cream.
Stir until smooth.
Spread mixture into pre-prepared pan.
Bake in moderately slow oven (160-180C / 325-350F) for about 1.5 hours.
Stand 5 minutes before turning on to wire rack to cool.
Keeps for one week.
I put extra lemon rind for bonus tang. This cake is super super moist although my cake never quite turns out like the one in the picture (theirs looks a lot more buttery and finer in texture). I also should have dusted this lightly with icing sugar but we'd run out and the clock was ticking.
This is a failproof way to get a moist rich cake that keeps very well. But then, what would you expect from a cake that has this much fat and cholesterol in it? Hush hush. Let's not talk about that for the moment. Just put the kettle on, settle into your favourite lounge chair and... enjoy. Just keep the defibrillators on standby.
For all the tart and tangy entries around the world, check out the full wrapup of entries by Alice from My Adventures in the Breadbox.
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