Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dora's Lemon Cake

This cake is one of two traditional birthday cakes that was made in our home growing up. It comes from Grandma Dora and is my dad's favorite. It's a unique blend of subtle lemon with a delicious chocolate frosting. It is especially yummy accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
We obviously just celebrated a 4th birthday at our house! Happy Birthday Little Man!

Lemon Cake
(Dora Larsen)

1 cup (plus 2 Tbsp) sugar
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 cubes)
2 eggs

1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp lemon extract

Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. After allowing to cool completely, frost with chocolate frosting. (Frost the top of one layer, then place the other layer on top and finish frosting the entire cake...This is how you get frosting in the middle of each slice...)

Melt 1 1/2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate and 1/2 cube butter. Let boil on low heat. Put in bowl and add 3 cups powdered sugar. Add 1 tsp vanilla, a pinch of salt and approximately 1/2 cup whipping cream. Beat to desired consistency.

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