Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
I found this in an old Nebraska 4-H cookbook the other day. It's wonderfully moist! I would suggest to maybe put a little more lemon juice than suggested (I LOVE lemon!) or maybe even grate a little lemon peel into it. I made a powdered sugar icing with more lemon juice to drizzle on top. The family really liked this one and I'm definitely going to make it again.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites (SAVE THE YOLKS) and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and beat until very stiff. Do not underbeat. Set aside.
- Beat yolks until blended. Add remaining 1 1/2 cup sugar and beat until blended. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the cold water.
- Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Add the lemon juice and mix it in gently.
- Bake in an ungreased tube pan 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees. Invert and cool completely before removing from pan.
This is a lovely, easy, old-fashioned recipe. Thank you, KaDo! I added vanilla to the mix.
Great flavor! The cake did not come out as light as I was looking for but I believe that is because my cream of tartar was old. I beat the eggs a lot, but next time I will beat them even more. I added an extra tablespoon of lemon juice and the pulp of one medium lemon. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla as another viewer did. Thank you so much for sharing. We really enjoyed the cake.
This is a great recipie. I should have followed your advice an added more lemon juice but there is always next time. I am going to make a glaze with lemon as you suggested. I added 2 baskets of raspebrries to mine, which was to many...probably only 1 basket next time. So very yummy. My grandmother loved it. She said it tasted just like she used to make in the old days..LOL