I was in the mood to make a lemon cake yesterday, and it occurred to me that I still had not tried the Boyajian Lemon Oil Pound Cake even though I’ve mentioned it several times. I’m a fan of their products and use their lemon oil in place of lemon extract. It has a cleaner, more natural flavor, and a little bit goes a long way.
The full version of this cake calls for a whole tablespoon of lemon oil which gives it a good lemon flavor. The batter has very little baking soda and is baked at a low temperature for 1 1/2 hours, so it rises slowly and has a neatly shaped dome. And finally, the texture is tight crumbed and light.
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 sticks (175 grams) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups (245 grams) granulated or super fine sugar (I used C&H Baker's Sugar)
- 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Boyajian lemon oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) sifted all-purpose flour (measure AFTER sifting)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- Confectioners sugar as needed (About 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. A Pyrex loaf pan works quite nicely!
- Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them until yellow. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the beaten eggs, sour cream, lemon oil and salt all at once, then beat for about two minutes or until well blended. Beat in the baking soda.
- Using low speed of mixer (or by hand), add the flour gradually, stirring until it is well blended. Beat by hand until it is just thoroughly mixed, but don't overbeat after adding the flour.
- Pour into pan and bake and spread evenly with a scraper. Draw the sraper through the center of the batter to remove any air bubbles.
- Bake at 300 for 90 minutes or until cake tests done.
- Let cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing, put the lemon juice in a large glass measuring cup, then add confectioners' sugar a few spoonfuls at a time, stirring until the icing is thin enough to drizzle. Spoon it over the cake and let it set.