Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baking with Julia: Lemon Loaf Cake

I had high hopes going into this week's edition of Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. The assignment was a lemon loaf cake, just in time for my family's annual Easter extravaganza. I love citrus, and while it doesn't hold a candle to chocolate, I've found that a nice light lemon flavor can be a refreshing departure from my decadent default. Also, Dorie described the cake as having the texture of a traditional pound cake, which I also love, but don't make often enough.

Sadly, the results failed to live up to my expectations. While the cake could not have been easier to make, I found it to be overly dense and dry. The lemon flavor was subtle and delicious, but was obscured by the cake's density and lack of moisture. I was expecting tangy and refreshing, but after a few bites all I wanted was a glass of water.

Like many of my fellow TWD'ers, I think this cake could seriously benefit from a nice lemon glaze and perhaps a side of fresh berries with whipped cream. Fortunately, it was so easy to make that I would have no problem giving it another try with some modifications. It wasn't terrible, just not as great as I was expecting.

Source: Baking with Julia, shout out to Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life for hosting this week, find the recipe on either of their blogs


  1. It was a bit dense for me as well... though with the humidity in my country nothing really turns out dry. :)
    Hope you do have the opportunity to give it another go!

  2. Lemon glaze would be perfect on top!!!

  3. I think a glaze did help perk up this cake. But it would make a great base for other desserts, which makes it worth revisiting for sure.