When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade Cake.
This recipe from Better Homes & Gardens offers exactly what summer dessert should be about: light, bright and delicious.
1/3 cup butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk*
Yellow food coloring, optional
Lemon Butter Frosting (see below)
Thin lemon slices, optional
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Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan; set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes more.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in lemonade concentrate and vanilla.
Alternately, add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. If desired, stir in a few drops of yellow food coloring. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread cake with Lemon Butter Frosting. If desired, garnish with lemon slices (slices should be removed before eating).
Makes 15 servings, each with 380 calories, 10 grams fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 238 mg sodium, 71 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 56 grams sugar, 4 grams protein.
*To sour milk/make buttermilk, add 1 1/8 teaspoon lemons juice to measuring cup and fill to 1 1/4 cups. Stir; let rest 10 minutes before using.
Lemon Butter Frosting
1/3 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Gradually add the 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well.
Beat in the 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate and vanilla.
Gradually beat in the additional powdered sugar.
Beat in additional frozen lemonade concentrate to reach spreading consistency. Makes 2 cups.