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Vanilla-Lemon Hot Milk Cake Recipe | COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Hot Milk Cake Recipe

Valentina K. Wein
Lemon Hot Milk Cake is beautifully sweet, slightly tart, fluffy and rich. Imagine all of that with a delicate, lemon-y glaze drizzled on top. This is lovely for dessert or for a sweet afternoon snack with coffee or tea.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 to 16
Calories 584 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the cake

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (approximately 6-inch) vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened, plus 1 teaspoon for the pan
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • zest of 2 Meyer lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice

For the glaze

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions
 

For the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F, and adjust a rack to the center.
  • Add the milk to a small saucepan, and use 1 teaspoon of butter to grease the sides of an (approximately 9 X 9 X 3-inch) cake pan -- square or round. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
  • Use a paring knife to slice open the vanilla bean, lengthwise. With the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla into the saucepan with the milk and add the emptied pod as well.
  • Place the saucepan over low-medium heat, and bring it to a simmer. Almost as soon as it begins to simmer, turn the heat off and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then remove the pods and add the vanilla extract. Stir to blend. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and salt. set aside.
  • In another (larger) mixing bowl, and using an electric mixer (or strong arm and a spoon), mix butter and the sugar until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix just to blend.
  • While continuing to mix, slowly add dry ingredients until combined.
  • Then, still mixing, drizzle in vanilla-milk and mix until a smooth batter forms.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean about 1 hour.
  • Let the cake cool slightly, then invert onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Then invert it again onto a cake plate.

For the glaze

  • Melt the butter in a small sauté or saucepan. With the heat on low, gently whisk in the lemon juice, milk and vanilla. Turn the heat off and carefully add the sifted powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth. If there are any lumps, pour it through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Poke holes with a toothpick or skewer in the cake and then pour the warm glaze over it. (You can also pour a bit over each serving individually.)
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