Friday, January 21, 2011

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

by Jill

In the midst of a cold and dreary Chicago winter it's nice to eat a little something sunny to get you through the day. And what could be more sunny than a lemon cake? I love this recipe because it's sweet and super moist and the little bit of cornmeal added along with the flour gives it such a unique taste.

While I planned on whipping this together quickly to bring to a dinner party tonight, instead I baked quite leisurely while enjoying a brief afternoon with Katia as she filled me in on her recent vacation to Brazil where she and the kids enjoyed seeing family and having a rendez-vous with summer down there south of the Equator. It's always hard to leave a warm vacation spot to come back here to the Arctic but what lays much heavier on the heart is leaving the comfort and love of one's parents and extended family never to know when or if you'll see them again. My heart goes out to you, my friend. It's a heartache I share with you when I return from visiting my family as well. I truly get it. It's the half a life you leave behind that just pulls at you. I hope the little bit of sun we shared today in the form of good company and a sweet treat helped let a little light back into your heart.

Lemon Cornmeal Cake
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Baking spray (cooking spray with flour)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
Heat oven to 325°F.
Using a 10-cup decorative tube pan or a 12-cup Bundt pan, coat with baking spray and set aside.
Place a wire rack inside a baking sheet covered in foil (to catch drippings) and spray the rack with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice with a mixer (or using the beater attachment on a stand mixer) on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until blended. With mixer on low, alternatively beat in flour mixture and buttermilk or yogurt until batter is mixed and fairly smooth (careful not to over mix).

Scrape mixture into prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

Bake 50-65 minutes until a wooden pick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cook cake on wire rack for 5 minutes


  1. Essalam Alaikum, Masha'allah this looks scrumptious! I love lemon pound cake and have never tried it with cornmeal before. Insha'allah should I ever come across cornmeal again I will have to try this recipe!

  2. Wa Alaikum Assalam Jennifer. Jill made this cake on Friday and it was so good that I made it on Sunday but using orange instead of lemon. You can't find cornmeal in Algeria?

  3. Que delícia de receita ... adorei. Bjs e feliz 2011.

  4. Oi Fabricia, tudo bem? Otimo ano para voce e sua familia tambem. Seu marido deve estar muito feliz com os atuais acontecimentos no pais dele ne? Vi no seu blog as fotos da festinha de sua filha, foi linda, e ela eh uma bonequinha mesmo. Beijos

  5. I simply love this cake! Delicious!!! Tried once with lime and came out just wonderful!! All my family and friends ask for it.


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