Lemon Blast Picnic Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon zest (from 2-3 lemons)
4 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream (full fat variety best)
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (unsifted)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
In medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set
aside. In large bowl with mixer on high speed, beat the sugar, butter, oil and
lemon zest until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add 2 of the eggs and the egg yolk
and beat on high for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl and add remaining 2 eggs and
vanilla extract. Beat on high for 4 minutes until light and sugar has dissolved.
To creamed mixture, add half of the dry ingredients and 1/2 cup of sour cream.
Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl well. Add remaining dry
ingredients and sour cream. Mix on low until smooth. Beat batter on high speed
for 1 minute, scraping bowl well.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until center just starts to
spring back when touched. Top of cake should be a light golden color.
While cake bakes, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in
medium mixing bowl. Whisk or stir until very smooth and opaque.
Remove cake from oven and immediately poke small holes into cake using a
toothpick. Slowly pour half of the glaze over cake, spreading slowly to cover
entire surface. Let cake absorb glaze, then slowly pour remaining glaze over
cake. Allow cake to rest 5 minutes and absorb glaze.
Turn on oven broiler and broil cake until glaze just starts to bubble and cake
top is golden brown.
Cool cake for 2 hours before cutting. Dust with additional powdered sugar just
before serving, if desired.
Tip: Start pouring glaze over center of cake. This will help the cake absorb the
glaze evenly so it doesn't pool in the corners.