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betty's triple lemon "poke" cake

Recipe by
Betty Bramanis

Sweet, tart and so lemony! A silken, almost pound cake is heavily infused with lemon then a lemon drizzle poured over - don't forget to poke about 20 holes (using a skewer or chopstick). Cool in the tin until at room temperature - a lemon glaze can be added too. I have a son who is a lemon fiend and this was developed for him. Serve as a dessert with thick whipped cream (without the glaze). Or, add the glaze and serve as an impressive cake.

yield 12 - 14
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For betty's triple lemon "poke" cake

  • 6
    eggs at room temp
  • 1 3/4 c
    full fat plain unsweetened yogurt, i use greek (can use sour cream)
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil (not olive)
  • 3 - 5 tsp
    lemon zest (depends on how much you like lemon)
  • 2 c
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3 c
  • 1 c
    lemon juice, fresh is recommended
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 c
    icing sugar/confection sugarrr
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh is recommended

How To Make betty's triple lemon "poke" cake

  • 1
    Pre-heat oven to 170oC/350oF and well grease a large 12 cup fluted tube tin.
  • 2
    Beat the yogurt, eggs, juice, zest and sugar until well combined and glossy - about 2 minutes.
  • 3
    Add the baking powder and flour, beat to combine. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 60 - 70 minutes until cooked when tested.
  • 4
    Poke about 20 holes using a skewer and gently pour the cooled lemon drizzle over the cake, taking care to get it down the holes. Leave to cool in the tin. Remove from tin and serve with fresh whipped cream or top with the glaze and slice.
  • 5
    DRIZZLE: After the cake has gone in the oven, make the drizzle. Place both the juice and sugar in a small sauce pan and gently heat until the sugar dissolves - stir regularly and reduce by about a quarter. Leave to cool until needed.
  • 6
    GLAZE: in a bowl, mix the lemon juice and sart with two tablespoons of sugar and stir. If it is still looking a bit thick - add the other tablespoon a bit at a time.