Lemon Berry Cake

The summer calls for sour lemony flavors. And this cake is just the thing to cheer up your taste buds on a hot summer day. It received rave reviews from the family, with my dad actually suggesting that it belongs on a shelf in a café. Truth is, if Starbucks sold this cake, you wouldn’t have to do so many laps on your jog in the morning. How they get 400 calories into a slice of cake I have no idea. This one will set you back 200 calories if you cut the cake into 12 slices. 130 if you cut it into 18 slices.

Lemon Berry Cake

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup granulated sugar
3 extra large eggs
1 tsp grated lemon zest (~2-3 lemons)
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup confectioners sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup berries (raspberries, cranberries, blueberries)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, level, and place the berries on top. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/2 cup confectioner sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

Note: The glaze can be omitted entirely per taste. I like the tartness of the lemon so I suggest just pouring the lemon juice over the cake as it cools. It comes out with a moist top this way.

The berries stay at the top of the cake keeping it moist and delicious.

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About majathebee
When planning dinner, my first idea is dessert.

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