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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

Mango Pound Cake

I came across this recipe for Mango Pound Cake which was originally a recipe for Sour Cream Pound Cake by Paula Deen. After reading both recipes, it seems that the only change that was made from the original recipe was swapping the sour cream for mango puree. I added a pinch of salt too.

The mango should be sweeter than sour cream, so you may need to adjust the amount of sugar you use based on which ingredient you choose. 

Yesterday, I alternated the eggs with the dry ingredients and used an electric mixer. Today I tried mixing the eggs with the sugar mixture and then mixing in the dry ingredients just until combined. Both of these methods produced the same texture.





Mango Pound Cake
Makes 1 loaf or 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup mango puree, from ripe mangoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together on low speed for about 2 minutes. Mine didn't get fluffy, it just looked like wet sugar. Beat in the mango puree. Now it will start coming together.
  3. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with vanilla.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the egg mixture to the sugar mixture on low speed (so you don't make a big mess). Alternate, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan or divide among the muffin cups. Bake the loaf for about 50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cupcakes will take somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. Cool before serving.
  7. Apparently these taste better the next day, but who can wait that long? I'm definitely trying this with sour cream next time, and putting glaze on them. I'm hoping they taste like sour cream glazed doughnuts!

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