Friday, January 9, 2009

Simple and Citrusy!

Happy New Year to all of you! For everyone who left messages for us, thanks so much for remembering us! We've been away for a long long time now, and its been a difficult time. Job search during recession sucks is what I've learned in the past 4 months and decided to plunge into academics all over again after a good 5 years! And it did not help that I was on diet after diet to try to do something about my 2008 resolutions :P Of course, I have almost the same resolutions for 2009 also. Hopefully, this will be a lighter year on everything, literally ;)

A loves to have a dessert after every meal if possible. And especially after dinner. Thanks to our baking obsession, we bake something almost every single day. Lately, we stopped doing so thanks to a change in the weighing scales for me. It did not seem to affect him, strangely! However, we still have our days when we go crazy and bake at 10 PM in the night. This is one such lemony cake that we came up with two hours ago. It is now 12.56 AM! Thankfully, we baked an XS cake - super small in size but huge in flavour and the zing :) I love citrusy flavours and can never tire of them. A is not too fond of them, but then :P who is the life of our family? Me! So, we baked this cake for me and here you go, here is the recipe for a simple lemon cake!


1 egg
1/4 cup +2 tbsp All-purpose flour or Cake flour
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp lemon essence
Pinch of salt

1. Beat the egg. Cream melted butter and sugar. Add this mixture to the beaten egg.

2. Add the baking powder and the baking soda

3. Add sour cream and beat one more time

4. Fold in lemon zest and the lemon essence

5. Fold in the flour little by little. Sift the flour if it is AP flour. Cake flour can be added as it is. Do NOT overbeat/mix.

We poured it into a 4 inch (1 inch deep) ramekin making the cake small, just enough for the two of us- a late night lemon-sweet craving :) This cake is fairly light too because it needs just 1tbsp butter and we used fat-free sour cream! So, there! Keeping up with the resolutions and all that ;)

It is quite citrusy and comes out beautifully moist and a fresh yellow in colour. We had ours with some warm blackberry sauce. We had some blackberry-raspberry preserve that we added some hot water to, and thinned it to bring it to a sauce-like consistency. While the cake was mildly sweet, the sweetness of the blackberry sauce added a new dimension to the cake. I loved the mild sweetness and preferred the lemony zing in the cake. You could add more sugar if you wish!

This piece of cake specifically goes out to Nags :) for encouraging to come back to blog all over again. Thanks man!


Nags said...

Yayy!! you guys are back! And thanks a ton for piece, it looks delicious :)

Rachel said...

missed your posts and am glad you are back with a fav flavour of mine :)

Asha said...

You disappeared too like me? Glad we both are back now! :))

Happy new year. Lemon cake sounds great, doesn't help your resolution much, does it? :D

Blog when you can, have a fun weekend.

Cham said...

Glad that you are back with a citrus flavor :)

Usha said...

Glad to see you back in action with this yum creation :-)

Uj said...

Cake looks yummy.. I am like you need something sweet after every meal! Ditto regarding job search!!! :(

Aparna said...

Happy New Year to you both, too.
Hope 2009 is a better year.

Nice way to start off, on a sweet note with a lovely cake. Hope it doesn't sabotage the diet.:)

Just call me 'A' said...

i love the banner on your blog. and this good looks good too.

Passionate About Baking said...

Great looking cake. I love citrus anything...& this sounds delicious. Welcome back...YAY for Nags to have coerced you back into blogging! Good girl!!

DEESHA said...

I really was wondering as to where you guys had disappeared. welcome back & I love that cake

aquadaze said...

It is amazing isnt it how lemon completely transforms a cake! I understand baking even late at night..I have serious withdrawl symptoms if I don't bake! Do visit my new blog sometime!

A_and_N said...

@Nags: Thanks :)

@Rachel: Glad you liked it!

@Asha: Yay, both of us are back. LOL :)

@ Cham: I love citrus, so there!

@ Usha: Thanks!

@ UJ: Make some cake. You will feel better while it lasts :D

@ Aparna: Happy New Year to you too, Aparna! The diet is ruined for sure :)

@ Passionate about baking: :D Good girl no? Thanks so much, D!

@ A: I just called you A :D Thanks for the compliments!

@ Deesha: awww..thanks man!

@ Aquadaze: Loved your brownies. I have a time saying no to chocolate :) thanks for visiting us!

sowmya said...

wowo the cake looks so good..nice recipe..happy new year..

PG said...

How did I miss yours posts? Happy to see you again! Had been waiting and wondering too. :)
This is one of my favorite flavours too. You have served it so beautifully. wonderful!

Shreya said...

hi Nandu, I have been away from blogging too, and I just realized I have missed your return (posts). Awesome cake, and I really admire your baking efforts late at night, considering that I have not yet dared to bake...Welcome back, and have an awesome 2009, both of you:-)

A_and_N said...

@ Sowmya: Thanks :) And a great new year to you too.

@ PG: Yay! Your blog is a treasure now!

@ Shreya: Happy New Year :) And ya, I was away. Come back, Shreya :D