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Lemon Cornmeal Cake

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This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

We had one of the best weekends. It was amazing weather so we spent majority of the weekend outside with Winston. We took him to the lake and park on Saturday and on Sunday we had our anniversary portraits done in this quaint little town near us and Winston was pretty much the star of the show. I can’t wait until we get the photos to share with you guys – our photographer is amazing and has such an eye for perfect spots to take photos. She was the one who took my headshots last year, too!

I’m writing this blog post as we’re waiting for Game of Thrones to come on. I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 months since the end of the previous season. That was such a major cliffhanger. I’m so curious how this season is going to pan out. Apparently this is the best season yet and I can kind of see why!! Are any of you Game of Thrones fans? Let’s talk :)

This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

Oh my gosh. Lemon desserts and spring is just the perfect equation. It literally makes my soul happy when I bake lemon desserts in the springtime. It’s just a sign that warm weather is here :)

Putting cornmeal in cakes is a brilliant idea that I wish were more common. It gives it such a nice texture but not like cornbread. It’s very subtle but a great balance. My lemon cornmeal cake with lemon glaze is the ultimate lemon dessert. The cake is SO moist and fluffy. We devoured this cake and I think you will too!

This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

 

This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

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Lemon Cornmeal Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

Servings: 1 9-inch round cake
Ingredients
For the cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup citrus olive oil or any light olive oil
For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (I traced it and then cut it to fit the bottom of the pan perfectly) then lightly grease the rest of the cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, almond extract, and olive oil.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour the liquid in. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Definitely try to FOLD it instead of STIRRING it. It yields a way lighter cake and won't be as dense. Fold until everything is incorporated and no dry ingredients and clumps can be seen.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake on the middle rack in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Once you have removed the cake from the oven, run a sharp knife around the edges then carefully (with oven mitts on) place a wire cooling rack on the cake in the pan. Holding the cake pan and wire rack, invert the cake onto the wire rack. Place another wire rack on top of the cake then invert again so the cake is now upright. Let cool completely.
  7. While the cake cools, make the glaze in a small bowl. Whisk together all the ingredients and set aside. If you prefer a thinner glaze, add more lemon juice or water.
  8. Once cake has cooled, pour the glaze on the top of the cake and serve!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit


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Posted on April 25, 2016

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  1. 04/25/2016 at 6:55 am

    Oh man I am a sucker for lemon desserts! And literally JUST started watching Game of Thrones this weekend! Oh boy do we have a long ways to go :-)

    • Julie
      04/25/2016 at 7:18 am

      Oh man, prepared to binge watch them! Honestly, it’s the best way to go because you don’t have to wait around every week for episodes to come on :) no cliffhangers! Haha, just press play

  2. 04/25/2016 at 9:23 am

    This cake!!! Looks fabulous Julie!!

  3. 04/25/2016 at 9:24 am

    So ehm…. THE RED WOMAN!

    • Julie
      04/25/2016 at 9:39 am

      CENTURIES OLD!!!

  4. 04/25/2016 at 10:48 am

    LOVE cornmeal in baking. I’ll make this beauty for Mother’s Day!

  5. 04/25/2016 at 10:55 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of a cornmeal cake before. They sound (and most of all: LOOK) delicious though. I love lemon in cakes :D

  6. 04/25/2016 at 11:09 am

    I can’t even handle it that GOT is back on air- although it really messes up my Sunday night sleep because I think about it all night. I’m completely obsessed. Cake is gorgeous by the way.

  7. 04/25/2016 at 11:51 am

    So I still haven’t watched game of thrones. I guess I need to get on that! As for this cake – I love cornmeal in cake, so naturally I need to try this!

  8. 04/25/2016 at 12:37 pm

    I love all things lemon!

  9. Moe
    04/25/2016 at 7:48 pm

    Love anything lemon. Can you use regular extra virgin olive oil or should it be light?

    • Julie
      04/26/2016 at 7:58 am

      You could use extra virgin olive oil but you just might taste the olive oil more in the cake than when you use a light olive oil. Hope that helps!

  10. 04/25/2016 at 9:04 pm

    What a pretty Spring cake! Perfect for a ladies luncheon, brunch or baby shower. Pinned

  11. 04/25/2016 at 11:04 pm

    Bring on all things lemon! This cake is going on my Mother’s Day list

  12. del davies
    04/26/2016 at 2:42 am

    Here in South Africa, the only “cornmeal” we can buy is cornflour which is white not yellow. Would this be suitable ?

    • Julie
      04/26/2016 at 7:57 am

      Typically the corn flour is ground much finer than cornmeal so while I want to say yes, you can use it in place of cornmeal, please do keep in mind that texturally, the cake might turn out a bit different.

  13. 04/26/2016 at 8:30 am

    I feel like Tyrion is a lemon dessert sort of fella.

    He’s the only Lannister that doesn’t use the tears of his enemies as sprinkles.

    • Julie
      04/26/2016 at 9:25 am

      Haha!

  14. 04/26/2016 at 8:38 am

    What an amazing spring treat! Love the lemon!

  15. 04/29/2016 at 8:31 am

    This is so pretty! I wish I could have a slice right now!

  16. 05/12/2016 at 2:19 am

    Wow, really, I can’t get over that delicious taste! So simple and yet – sooo great. Thank you for this recipe – it’s a real keeper

  17. John Gibson
    05/23/2016 at 1:47 am

    Looks Extremely delicious…. want to have a slice of it right now.

  18. Shelley
    08/13/2016 at 10:54 pm

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest when I had a craving for baking something delicious. I got too excited about it and didn’t check to make sure I had all the ingredients. Ended up making this exactly to the recipe except used lime instead of lemon (oops. I had no lemons) and coconut extract instead of almond (I had no almond). End result was amazing! I can’t wait to try it again with lemon.

  19. Dolores
    04/25/2017 at 4:10 pm

    Is there a way to print this out so I can take it to the kitchen & make this cake?
    Also, I am waiting for the next season GOT-binge watched them all last year-it has been agony waiting now like “normal” folks for the next season to begin!

    • Julie
      04/25/2017 at 7:08 pm

      Yes, there is! Under the photo in the recipe card, there is a big purple PRINT button! Click on that and it should take you to a printer friendly page.

    • Marni
      06/03/2017 at 5:57 pm

      Seriously I’ve been waiting since last season ended…ugh I wanted to cry when they said it wasn’t coming back until July 16th instead of April…and now I hear season 8 will be the last :'( …..ok now I’m off to make this scrumptious cake!

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