Maida Heatter's Best Darn Lemon Cake Ever

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READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Spray an 8-1/2"x5" loaf pan with baking spray.
  • Grind almonds very fine and set aside.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter. Transfer to a large bowl. With electric mixer, add sugar and beat a bit to mix.
  • On low speed, beat in eggs one at a time, beating only to mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with milk in two additions, scraping bowl with a spatula and beating until mixed after each addition.
  • Mix in lemon extract.
  • Remove from mixer. Stir in grated rind, then stir in ground almonds.
  • Turn mixture into pan. (It will be thin.) Bake at 350 for 65-75 minutes. (During baking, cake will form a large crack or two on top, and crack(s) will remain light in color.).
  • A few minutes before cake is finished, prepare glaze: stir sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over moderate heat, only until sugar is just dissolved. (Don't boil!).
  • When cake is removed from the oven, let it stand for 2-3 minutes. Then, using brush, brush the hot glaze gradually over the hot cake. Glaze should not be applied quickly; it should take about 5 minutes to apply all the glaze.
  • Let cake stand until not quite completely cool. Then gently invert onto a rack and turn right side up. When cool, wrap in plastic wrap or foil and let stand 12-24 hours before serving.
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