Bake: Lemon Sour Cream Cake
I frequently find myself with half a tub of sour cream, just chilling at the back of my fridge, a day or two from expiry and desperate to use it. Equally, I often find myself with spare lemons that need using up and so I went on the hunt for the perfect lemon sour cream cake. This one only needs one lemon and 100g (about a third of a standard tub) of sour cream, making it great to clean your fridge out – just like I’m trying to do right this very moment. After all, the new year calls for a spring clean!
Once done, the cake has a wonderful bounce to it when you tap on the top and smells fragrantly of lemon – it’s the ideal cup of tea cake. I chose to drown mind in a tangy lemon icing, but it would be equally as tasty with a light dusting of icing sugar or even a sneaky dollop of lemon curd and some thick cream.
This cake is stupidly simple to make and I whipped up the batter in a manner of minutes. Perfect for afternoon tea!
- 125 soft butter
- 1 cup caster sugar
- Grated rind of 1 lemon, plus the juice (approx 2 tbs)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup self raising flour
- 100g sour cream
- Preheat your oven to 180C
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add lemon rind and stir through
- Add the eggs, one at a time, combining each before you add the next, then stir through lemon juice
- Sift in the plain flour, fold through, then the sour cream, fold through and the self raising flour
- Ensure mix is combined completely – it should be lemon yellow and glossy and then spoon into a greased and lined 20cm springform cake tin
- Bake for 40 minutes and then test the cake by inserting the skewer, if it comes out clean, hooray your cake is ready! If it doesn’t, cook for a further five minutes and test again
- Let your cake cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning it out
- I iced mine with about 1/2 cup of icing sugar, the juice of one lemon and a couple of drops of water (and I mean literal drops!), then I poured over one layer of glaze, let it set and pour the second over for the best results