Super Moist Lemon Cake

March 25, 2015

Super Moist Lemon Cake

Lemon season is in full swing. Sure, you’ve seen lemons hanging from trees for months now but really, March and April are prime time for lemons. They are getting sweeter and juicer around this time of year which makes them perfect for baking!

I love this lemon cake recipe. It isn’t tough to make and it turns out so very moist. The lemon flavor can be tailored to your liking. I use tons of lemon because I like a strong lemony taste. But you can use less and make it very subtle.

This makes a perfect afternoon snack paired with a light tea.

Who is ready for this recipe?

Super Moist Lemon Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups raw honey (I find I only really need 1 cup. It depends on the sweetness of the lemons.
  • 4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)
  • 3 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I LOVE to make this really lemony and will actually use a cup or more of lemon juice. Taste the batter and add more accordingly).
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two loaf pans, round cake pans, square cake pans or cupcake tins. The choice is yours!
  2. Cream the butter and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. (Cupcakes typically take 35-45 minutes).
  6. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon the lemon syrup over the cakes (if using the glaze).
  7. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

To make the glaze

Combine 1/2 cup raw sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and makes a syrup.

Enjoy!

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Health Benefits of Sea Salt

Salt is an essential ingredient when it comes to preparing food. Other than contributing to the food’s sweet taste, it is packed with numerous health benefits. Many people use table salt in their cooking. What they do not know is that they could also turn to sea salt for the same purpose. Sea salt is steadily gaining popularity due its benefits, some of which go beyond what table salt can offer. Below are some of these health benefits.

Mineral Abundance
Table salt offers you sodium as the main mineral. On the other hand, sea salt is packed with many minerals. This is because this kind of salt is usually pure and undergoes very minimal processing. As a result, it contains calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium and iodine. All these elements have different roles to play in the body contributing to better health. Therefore, if you need your family to grow healthier while still enjoying their meals, then sea salt is the way to go.

Balance of Electrolytes in the Body
Sea salt has over 80 different minerals and elements in their natural state and ratios. These elements are critical in maintaining the body’s electrolytic balance. Without this balance, you are likely to have high blood pressure and also experience muscle tension. Furthermore, it helps in enhancing communication between the brain and nerve cells which is key in proper functioning of the body. Sea salt also facilitates removal of excess acidity from the body by the kidneys, an important process in regulating the body’s blood sugar levels.

Dental Health
Sea salt contains fluoride which is beneficial in enhancing dental health. This mineral forms a protective barrier around teeth protecting them against acidic damage. It also helps in fighting cavities and dental caries. If you have mouth sores, bleeding gums, sore throat and even ulcers, gargling and rinsing your mouth with sea salt water can alleviate pain and facilitate healing for these conditions.

Fights Dehydration
Dehydration is a common occurrence especially if you are experiencing loose stool or diarrhea. Luckily, sea salt can help in keeping you dehydrated. A simple mixture of sea salt and drinking water has water retention capabilities which are crucial in fighting dehydration.

Prevents Hair Loss
Today, people start losing hair at a very early age. Although some of them lose hair due to the genetic makeup, a good number do so due to blood circulation related causes. Sea salt promotes blood circulation which in turn strengthens hair follicles. If you have such follicles, chances of losing hair are very minimal.

These are some benefits of including sea salt in your diet. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to incorporate this salt in their meals. For starters, adding just a little pinch of sea salt in your meals daily is enough to give you these benefits. Alternatively, dissolving a tablespoon or two in drinking water is also an effective way of using this salt. Lastly, you could gargle sea salt water every morning to get some these benefits.

A diet that contains sea salt is both sweet and healthy, but remember that you can still use this salt in bathing water for a smooth and supple skin. Given all these benefits, it is important to consider using sea salt if you are not already doing so.

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