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Great-Grandma's Lemon Cake

Great-Grandma's Lemon Cake

"'Baking and giving' is a hobby of mine, and I love to bake my gifts by using old-fashioned recipes like this one, which was my great-grandmother's. There aren't too many shortcuts in these directions, but I enjoy aspect of 'measuring and mixing'! This is one of my favorites, copied down from my mother's old cookbook."
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1 h 25 m servings
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Original recipe yields 24 servings

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Directions

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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in lemon peel and juice. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with milk, stirring well after each additional. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter. Pour into two well-greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees F for 65-70 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cool completely. Dust tops with confectioners' sugar.

Footnotes

  • If Cooking for Two: Wrap and freeze one cake to enjoy later.

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This was a little heavy but soo good! Rather than the iing sugar dusting, i added my own drizzle. I did this by combining the zest of 1 lemon with the juice of 1 lemon, 5 tbsp bottled lemon juic...

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Not a good recipe. Tried it now...the texture is breadlike and not very lemony either.

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This was a little heavy but soo good! Rather than the iing sugar dusting, i added my own drizzle. I did this by combining the zest of 1 lemon with the juice of 1 lemon, 5 tbsp bottled lemon juic...

I am new to baking things from scratch, this was super easy for me and tastes wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing!

Not a good recipe. Tried it now...the texture is breadlike and not very lemony either.

Very nice recipe. I might use a little more lemon zest next time - because I like a strong lemon flavor. The only change I made was to use a lemon glaze instead of powdered sugar. Will defini...

Way to much sugar, not much flavor (I even added extra lemon zest!). I made these for a church bake sale, but now will have to find something else to take.

Delicious, although I would reduce the sugar by about 1/2 cup next time. I used lime juice because I didn't have fresh lemons, but it was still delicious. I didn't put the sugar on top.

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