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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Salted Caramel

This sauce is delicious. Mine wasn’t as thick as I would have liked, but the flavour was there. I put it in the fridge overnight thinking it would get thicker, and it did, until I poured it on my cake (which was completely cool), then it turned runny again. I used honey instead of corn syrup so I’m not sure if that was the problem.

The original recipe says it makes 2 cups, but I measured more like 1 ½ cups. I would put this on pancakes or oatmeal instead of sugar or syrup - it was so good!

I made it to use in the Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake I brought for a potluck at work.

For step by step photos, visit Evil Shenanigans.



Salted Caramel
Makes 24 Servings (1 tablespoon each)

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (I used honey)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Directions
  1. In a deep pot, place the sugar, water and corn syrup over medium heat. Let this come to a boil. You can swirl the pot, but don’t mix it.
  2. Brush down the sides of the pan with water if the sugar starts to stick. Keep swirling every now and then as it bubbles and starts to turn brown.
  3. After about 6 minutes (I feel it was more like 10 but I wasn’t watching the clock), it should be brown and smell like it’s starting to burn.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in your cream, butter and salt. I did this in the sink because the original recipe warned that it would bubble up.
  5. Once the butter is melted and everything is combined well, set it aside to cool completely. You can refrigerate this for up to a month apparently - if it lasts that long!

Comments

  1. Your caramel looks pretty! I typically use corn syrup and it turns out quite thick. You could also try Lyle's Golden Syrup, which I have used with great success. In addition, you could reduce the amount of heavy cream by a little. But as long as it tastes good, who cares how thick it is :)

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  2. You actually do not need the honey or corn syrup. Leave it out. There should not be any in a true salted caramel. I promise it will be thick and lovely and taste even better without it.

    Great recipe!

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