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Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

I love lemon.  Lemon anything.  But I really love Meyer Lemons.  I had never understood what they were until I moved to California.  My neighbor has a tree in her backyard with these gorgeous citrus fruits and it teases me.  I do not know her well enough to pick the lemons off of her tree.  Perhaps I will make her some of these and maybe she will offer up the fruits of her tree?  In the meantime, Trader Joe’s sells them for $1.99 for 4.  It will do for now.  I got this recipe from Martha and while it is delicious and I would make it time and time again, I think that I would skip the Meyer Lemon slices in the middle.  Instead, I would add blueberries or raspberries.  Or maybe add nothing at all.  This cake had plenty of lemon flavor without the lemon slices.  Maybe add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to the batter?  The recipe is supposed to be made in a tube pan or a cheesecake pan, but I used these instead.  I was making these for a gift and thought that they looked so fancy.  This really was a delicious cake.

I made this in a food processor.  Martha uses her fingers for the streusel and a mixer for the cake batter.  I am lazy.  The food processor was out and I used it to make all of it.  I didn’t even wash it out after the streusel.  I am that lazy.

Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

For the Struesel:
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
For the Cake:
5 Meyer Lemons, cut into paper thin slices
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons finely grated Meyer Lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 to 4 Tablespoons Meyer Lemon juice

To make the streusel, put all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until it comes together.  It should look like peas.  Cover it and put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.  You can do this step up to 3 days before you are ready to bake it.

To make the cake, put the lemon slices in a pan of simmering water for 1 minute.  Drain and repeat.  Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9-inch angel food pan.  Or in my case open the liners and put them on a pan.  I used 8 but could have stretched it to 9.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.  Set aside.  Cream together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest.  Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Add the vanilla.  With the mixer on low add the flour in 3 additions alternating with the sour cream.

Spoon half of the mixture into the cake pan.  Arrange half of the lemon slices in a single layer over the batter.  Add the renaming batter and cover with the remaining lemon slices.  Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter.

Bake until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean, about 55 minutes.  (The individual pans took about 33 minutes.)  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges of the pan and remove the outer ring.  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Run a knife around the center ring.  Slide 2 wide spatulas between the bottom of the cake and the pan and lift cake off of the center ring.  Cool completely.

Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice together and drizzle over cooled cake.  Let glaze set.  This cake can be stored for up to 3 days.  The lemon flavor will only get better.

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Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake


Ingredients

  • For the Struesel:
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • For the Cake:
  • 5 Meyer Lemons, cut into paper thin slices
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons finely grated Meyer Lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons Meyer Lemon juice

Instructions

  1. To make the streusel, put all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until it comes together. It should look like peas. Cover it and put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. You can do this step up to 3 days before you are ready to bake it.
  2. To make the cake, put the lemon slices in a pan of simmering water for 1 minute. Drain and repeat. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9-inch angel food pan. Or in my case open the liners and put them on a pan. I used 8 but could have stretched it to 9.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla. With the mixer on low add the flour in 3 additions alternating with the sour cream.
  5. Spoon half of the mixture into the cake pan. Arrange half of the lemon slices in a single layer over the batter. Add the renaming batter and cover with the remaining lemon slices. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter.
  6. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean, about 55 minutes. (The individual pans took about 33 minutes.) Let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and remove the outer ring. Let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the center ring. Slide 2 wide spatulas between the bottom of the cake and the pan and lift cake off of the center ring. Cool completely.
  7. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice together and drizzle over cooled cake. Let glaze set. This cake can be stored for up to 3 days. The lemon flavor will only get better.

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  1. sonja wright

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    You go Bree!!

  2. admin

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    thanks Sonja! My two favorite things. Food and photography.

  3. Corey

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    MMMMMMM! These look delish! Congrats on the new blog!

  4. Amanda

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Oh, Bree, why do you do this to me? They look Delish! And how do you find time to do all of this with three kids? Miss you!

  5. Laurie Wagenheim

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    So many talents….so little time! I can’t wait to try your next work of art. Love the blog—love you,too!

  6. kristin

    February 26th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    hi bree! i was given your blog address by my friend carrie. she knows i’m a foodie 🙂 i will definitely be following your recipe additions. the few you have up now look wonderful!

  7. Memoria

    March 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    What a lovely, refreshing dessert. Bookmarked!

  8. Anne

    April 16th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Bree, I am so excited to try the meyer lemon cakes. I have some ladies coming over tomorrow to learn how to knit and these will be perfect. I will make more and freeze them for later – will that work?

  9. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    they should freeze really well. These were delicious. I might have to make some soon with some blueberries or strawberries.

  10. Teddy W.

    June 13th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    http://www.freyaskitchen.blogspot.com
    My friend made these a little while ago!

  11. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Glad that you are getting in the kitchen and cooking.

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