If you have been bit by the baking bug in the #stayhome of Circuit Breaker, this Sunshine Lemon Loaf Cake recipe is a must-try!
Contributed by baker Amber Pong, this cake is perfect for those who love the zesty fragrance of lemons. Its moist, fluffy, and the tanginess of the lemons really comes through. Actually, it's so good that our Share Food team cannot wait to bake it again!
Amber also runs a bakery stall named The Headless Baker at Blk 20 Ghim Moh road #01-64 where she sells more of her amazing bakes! If you live nearby, her stall is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 7am to 2pm. But do hurry, her cakes might get sold out!
Another reason why we love this cake so much is because it is rather easy to prepare! All you need to do is let your mixer do the work while you throw the ingredients in.
Here are some other easy and delicious cake recipes you can try:
- Basque Burnt Cheesecake
- No-Bake Peach Cheesecake
- Manuka Honey Lemon Cheesecake
- Healthy Multi-Grain Chiffon Cake
- Coffee Hot Milk Cake with Cream Cheese and Walnuts
Let’s start baking the Sunshine Lemon Loaf!
Step 1: Prepare the dry ingredients
Add the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt together and mix well. Mixing the dry ingredients now will make the rest of the steps easier later now.
Then, set the flour mixture aside.
You can also add all the ingredients into a sieve to sieve together.
Step 2: Prepare the cake batter
Now for the other ingredients of the cake.
The lemon loaf cake starts with the creaming of butter and sugar together, also known as the “sugar-shortening” or creaming method. By mixing fat and sugar together, little air pockets are formed during the mixing. This makes the batter increase in volume and helps the cake become light and fluffy. Hence, it is important that the butter and sugar is totally incorporated together and the mixture is light in colour.
To cream, whisk the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Then turn down the mixing speed to low and gradually add in your eggs one at a time. Let it mix until all the ingredients have been well incorporated.
Take your dry ingredients from step 1 and add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the batter. Add 1/3 of the milk to the batter as well. Let it mix until well incorporated then repeat this step two more times.
Adding the flour mixture and milk to the cake batter in three batches instead of at one go may seem tedious. However, this helps ensure that the cake batter is evenly mixed and have no lumps.
After adding the last of the flour and milk mixture, add in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Let it mix for 1-2 minutes just so that the ingredients are well mixed.
Be careful not to over mix the batter as that will result in a denser cake.
Step 3: Bake the cake
Prepare a loaf tin by greasing it and lining it with baking paper. Ensure that the baking paper hangs over the edges of the tin for easy removal of the cake later.
Pour the cake batter into the tin and smooth the surface with a spatula.
Before baking, tap the tin firmly against the table a for few times to release any air bubbles from the batter. This step helps to level out the top of your cake!
Now, you can put it to bake in a preheated oven at 180°C degree for 55 to 60 minutes.
Check on the cake while it is baking from time to time. If the top seems to be burning but the inside is still not cooked, you can cover it with a piece of aluminium foil and let it continue to bake.
To check if the cake is cooked inside, pierce it with a thin skewer and if it comes out clean, the cake is done!
Step 4: Glaze and garnish the lemon loaf cake
Once the cake is ready, let it completely cool down. Baking tip: never glaze a hot cake as the heat will simply melt the glaze instead.
To make the glaze, whisk icing sugar and lemon juice together. Then spoon it over the top of the cake.
Sprinkle some chopped pistachios and dried rose petals over the top and your Sunshine Lemon Loaf is done!
You can also switch out the toppings for candied lemon peel or any other garnish that you like.
We just love how fragrant and lemony this cake is. Also, it is so fluffy and light, you can polish off the entire loaf if you are not careful!
Get the recipe here!