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*@~! Gotta run to the store and buy more lemons

post #1 of 16
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Grrrr. Trying out a new formula for lemon butter cake.

Put 2/3 c fresh squeezed lemon juice in batter, so I added baking soda in addition to the baking powder. Apparently 1 tsp was too much as the cakes are only 1/2 done after half an hour and have already fallen.

:sigh: I hate it when a recipe fails this bad!
post #2 of 16
oooh - so sorry - I hate it when I have to REDO!!! You could also use a little less juice and some zest for the strong flavor and less acidity?
post #3 of 16
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Oh, I was using zest and juice and extract. icon_biggrin.gif
post #4 of 16
Now THAT is some LEMON!! hahaha! I hope your next batch works out - just make sure and have plenty of extras on hand !
post #5 of 16
I hate it when that happens. I recently had an issue with lemon poppyseed muffins. I'm supposed to be finding a recipe I like for this coffee shop. I didn't think to buy extra lemons and when I finished my first batch I realized you could hardly taste the lemon at all!!! So frustrating!
post #6 of 16
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I think this second batch is going to work. It's in the oven now, so keeping my fingers crossed. I only use 1/2 c lemon juice this time and reduced the baking soda to 1/2 tsp and the baking powder to 1 tsp. I'd rather it come out more like a pound cake (at least then it's usable and I can tweak it the next time I make it) than collapsed and inedible like the first batch!
post #7 of 16
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icon_mad.gif Second try also failed, although not as spectacularly as the first!

Off for try number three! icon_rolleyes.gif
post #8 of 16
Let us know how it goes! I'm avidly watching to see what the secret to success isicon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 16
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Unfortunately, I realized I only had enough sugar on hand to make icing. icon_rolleyes.gif It was getting late, so I decided to use a doctored cake mix (this isn't for an order, just taking to church tomorrow) as I'd wisely picked up a box of cake mix and pudding mix while I was at the store. I'll be trying batch # 3 sometime this week.
post #10 of 16
Now you have me wanting some lemon cake...yum..Hope it works out for you!! mmm I just love lemon cake with lemon glaze..
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post #11 of 16
I hate having to do do-overs as well. When I make lemon cake I use Kate Sullivan's 1-2-3-4 buttercake. To the batter I add the zest of 1 lemon and use lemon extract instead of vanilla. I then squeeze the lemon and add some sugar and make a simple syrup. When the cake is baked and still warm I brush the top of the cake with the syrup and have also brushed the torted layers when filling the cake as well. The cake has a nice texture and great flavour. Good luck!!
post #12 of 16
I do exactly as sugarplum does. The acidity in lemon juice throws off the baking chemistry. That's why most recipes only call for extract and/or zest in the batter. Best to add the juice after it's baked.
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post #13 of 16
I just hate the taste of boxed lemon cake mix so I tried a tip that I found here on cc using yellow cake, lemon pudding mix, lemon zest, and just a tablespoon of lemon juice. PERFECTIONicon_smile.gif Nice authentic lemon flavor, super moist, rose perfectly - It doesn't take much to make me happyicon_smile.gif
post #14 of 16
I have also struggled to find a lemon cake that I was happy with. Recently a fellow CCer suggested the Magnolia Bakery Lemon Layer Cake. I tried it for Valentine's Day. It baked up nicely and passed my family's taste test. thumbs_up.gif The recipe is unusual in that it uses self-rising flour. If you are still struggling with your recipe, give it a try.
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I have also struggled to find a lemon cake that I was happy with. Recently a fellow CCer suggested the Magnolia Bakery Lemon Layer Cake. I tried it for Valentine's Day. It baked up nicely and passed my family's taste test. thumbs_up.gif The recipe is unusual in that it uses self-rising flour. If you are still struggling with your recipe, give it a try.





Oh That sounds yummy! Do you mind sharing the recipe? All I could find was the Lemon-Vanilla Bundt recipe. Now I am craving a Lemon cake! Thank you!
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