Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lemon Glaze - Barefoot Contessa

It's hot! And the call of a tart lemon cake is ringing in my ears. But instead of heating up the kitchen baking a cake I do the next best thing--I get a store bought pound cake and dress it up with a homemade lemon glaze. I purchase my pound cake at Costco (usually two cakes for $5). I stash one cake in the freezer and begin preparing the glaze for the other cake.
First, warm the cake in a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes (a toaster oven is even better).
Combine equal parts of sugar and lemon juice. For one cake I use 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup lemon juice in small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and makes a syrup.
Invert the cake onto a rack and punch several holes into the bottom of the cake using a toothpick. Pour the lemon syrup over the bottom of the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely.
For the glaze, combine 1 cup confectioners’ (powdered) sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.


  1. I will definitely try this recipe. It sounds heavenly on a hot day fora dessert. Have you tried a bit of whipped cream on the top also or isthere already enough flavor? Thanks, Leslie

  2. I don't add whipped cream--I like the lemon flavor too much to add any competition!

  3. This and your calabacitas sound delectable! You too should name your garden. I would like to have links from my Sweet Life Garden to other backyard gardeners. It will be under "My Neighbors Garden",and will be a neighbor to neighbor discussion on garden topics. recipes,what are you planting, whats working for you forum. I didn't get to see your flower bed in full bloom.Did you take any more photos? l. y. jill