Quick and Easy Iced Lemon CakeQuick and Easy Iced Lemon Cake

Quick and Easy Iced Lemon Cake

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Quick and Easy Iced Lemon Cake
 
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This super tender, moist Quick and Easy Iced Lemon Cake will surprise you! With so little effort, you have a delicious snack cake perfect for munching on with a cup of tea. Enjoy!
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Serves: 9-12
Ingredients
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/8 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Icing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • lemon zest for topping
Instructions
  1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a square of parchment paper in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Butter and then dust the pan with powdered sugar, discarding the excess.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter and water to a boil. In the meantime, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt before whisking in the egg, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla extract. Mix to combine. While mixing, slowly pour in the boiling butter and water mixture. Mix to combine completely. Your batter will be very runny. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in several places comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  3. To make the icing, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, melted butter, and lemon extract until smooth. Pour most of this mixture over the top of the cake, spreading it evenly over the entire surface. Top with lemon zest. Serve while warm.

 

41 Comments on Quick and Easy Iced Lemon Cake

  1. Natalie
    November 29, 2017 at 12:21 am (3 weeks ago)

    YUM! This lemon cake looks so fluffy, beautiful and delicious! I can’t wait to try it already ♥

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 12:40 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Natalie!

      Reply
  2. Jaq
    November 29, 2017 at 12:36 am (3 weeks ago)

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve survived numerous sexual and emotional abuse situations, and I just want to express love and empathy for your bravery in sharing these things. I read so many food blogs, but yours is the only one that makes me feel affirmed as a member of the LGBT community, and I’m really grateful for that. I’m so glad you put yourself out there in every post, and think you’ve probably helped many people with your writing. Thank you so much for all your kind words and delicious recipes. I hope you, me, and all survivors in general can find some peace throughout all the recent chaos. <3

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 12:40 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Jaq — I’m so thankful that you feel this way, and this comment really filled my bucket <3 I appreciate it especially since I can get so much flak for not "sticking to baking." An affirmation like this means so much.

      Reply
  3. Deb Wright
    November 29, 2017 at 7:54 am (3 weeks ago)

    Good blog, I hope many will read it.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 10:54 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Deb!

      Reply
  4. Katie
    November 29, 2017 at 8:23 am (3 weeks ago)

    Julie, as always, you give voice to a lot of my feelings. All the accusations lately make me feel like I want to share everything that’s ever happened to me, because otherwise you almost don’t know if it was real or not. But everything is so relatively small, and sharing sure can make other people uncomfortable. It’s cathartic to read this.

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    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 10:54 am (3 weeks ago)

      Katie,

      Thank you for your comment — this is how I felt too. I kept thinking my experiences were all so small, right? Just the things that happen as you go through the world. But then I realized how sad it is that each one of us has this tapestry of sexual harassment that we never speak of because it doesn’t reach some threshold — and even that people like my friend don’t know if their rape reaches a threshold — and THAT made me realize how the messaging that some of this is minor and that we shouldn’t make a big deal out of it is PART OF THE SYSTEMIC PROBLEM. We’re being told our experiences are normal or not a big deal every day. I’m so glad people are speaking out now, and I’m so so glad (and sad, for obvious reasons) that this resonated with you <3

      Julie

      Reply
  5. Vivian Ruble (AKA Mom)
    November 29, 2017 at 11:25 am (3 weeks ago)

    The very sad thing is each one of us (women and probably a lot of men) could write a list JUST LIKE THIS. It is terrifying that the world has waited THIS long to attempt changes. Women need to keep speaking up and never backing down on ANY abuse and men need to take a LONG look at their behavior and how it affects women.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I agree — we all have these stories! I’m glad so many are speaking up.

      Reply
  6. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
    November 29, 2017 at 11:29 am (3 weeks ago)

    Julieeeeee! I love you, I love your words – even though I definitely cried reading this. Thank you for writing it all down.

    Now I’m gonna go make and eat this whole cake.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Love you, too, Heather! Thank you!

      Reply
  7. Anton
    November 29, 2017 at 11:31 am (3 weeks ago)

    Following the news has been extra traumatic in the past couple months, as this tidal wave breaks. It’s brought up so many ugly, horrible memories. (My abusive, terrifying high school teacher, for one) It’s so strange and terrible to think about how every aspect of our lives has been shaped by a culture that allows this abuse to continue.

    If I hadn’t spent all yesterday baking cookies, I’d be on this cake right away. Saving it for later! Winter citrus is my favorite so I might mix some lemon and grapefruit together.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I’m so sorry you had that experience, Anton. Thank you for your support and kind words!

      Reply
  8. Sara
    November 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Thanks for sharing and braving the online assholery– we need your words. We also need your cake! I made your drenched lemon cake for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and she *loved* it. I will be trying this one out for the holidays.
    with love,
    Sara

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Sara! I hope she loves this one, too!

      Reply
  9. Emily R
    November 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Thank you for being brave and sharing your experiences. Thank you. <3

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    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Emily!

      Reply
  10. Sally Booth
    November 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I remember all of those same things that you do! I live in the same city as Roy Moore, will not be voting for him! Hugs to you for this. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Sally!

      Reply
  11. Melinda
    November 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Bravo. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this well thought out statement. If more people were brave enough to do so maybe things would change. Again, many thanks. Cake looks great too!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Melinda!

      Reply
  12. Jan Curry
    November 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Maybe now is the time we can now say, not “me too” , but NO MORE!!!
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I hope so, Jan!

      Reply
  13. Sherri
    November 29, 2017 at 9:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Julie, thank you for your brave words! It is past time for it to stop!
    The lemon cake sound and looks heavenly!
    Thank you💜

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Sherri!

      Reply
  14. Christine Mele
    November 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Thank you so very much Julie, for telling parts of my story also. My experiences caused me to feel guilty, dirty. I pray that this bravery continues, will never die-down. We must teach our daughters, and, sons, that people are to be respected, valued, not used for ” entertainment ” purposes. God Bless you. Now, onto the cake!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank YOU, Christine. I share your prayers. You are a valuable person worthy of love and respect, and I’m so sorry anyone ever made you feel differently.

      Reply
  15. Jane S
    November 29, 2017 at 11:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Wow, Julie, such a powerful, brave post. These past few months have been heartbreaking, but so necessary. I don’t know if you follow @jenhatmaker on Instagram. but she had a powerful post on this subject, as well…
    I always appreciate your ability to speak on these difficult issues with such grace. Thank you for having the courage to share your truth.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you for the kind words, Jane! I do follow Jen Hatmaker and I loved her post, too! I’m so thankful so many people are speaking out.

      Reply
  16. Valerie
    November 30, 2017 at 12:12 am (3 weeks ago)

    Oh Julie, I cried as I read this to my husband because you put into words so well what I could never have expressed so eloquently. Unfortunately I can relate to much of your post. My heart hurts for every person that experiences even the “smallest” of offenses. We should be teaching these things to our children, that none of this is ok. Thank you for letting us share this with loved ones so they know why we are non-confrontational and afraid of authority figures. Thank you for your honesty and bravery!!
    And keep up the baking, I love your recipes. Mmmm!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 30, 2017 at 12:22 am (3 weeks ago)

      Sending you love, Valerie. I’m so thankful to hear that this post was helpful to you but so sorry that you can relate to it, as so many women can. I hope this is a turning point for us. Thank you for your kind words!

      Reply
  17. Barbara
    November 30, 2017 at 5:26 am (3 weeks ago)

    This was perhaps the most powerful post I’ve read on this subject. Thank you for sharing!
    i began making a similar list some time ago, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it. The thought that so many women have endured these experiences overwhelms my heart with sadness and a sense of outrage.
    I just pray that we will all find the strength to stand up and say NO MORE…that our children (and, in my case, grandchildren) will be taught that this is not okay and everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.
    Sending much love your way,
    B
    P.S. Thank you for cake! I think we all need cake right now. 🙂

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 30, 2017 at 8:48 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks so much, Barbara. I’m sorry but not surprised that you have had similar experiences. I share your hope that we can change things for the better ❤️

      Reply
  18. Vickie H.
    November 30, 2017 at 9:21 am (2 weeks ago)

    Once again, you blow me away with your bravery and candor. With tears rolling down my face, I thank you. I cannot find words to say more except I wish the world could read this post.

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      November 30, 2017 at 11:17 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Vickie <3 I'm thankful for your kind words this morning!

      Reply
  19. Susan
    November 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Well done, Julie. I grew up in another time, another place and in a small safe town. I was a voracious reader and that’s where I learned of these things. I was lucky, but so many were not. I believe the women! Woman are no longer chattel and it’s time for men (and women) to be educated accordingly. Only then will it stop.

    Reply
  20. DessertForTwo
    November 30, 2017 at 11:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Love you, girl. Thanks for sharing. <3

    Reply
  21. Rachel
    December 1, 2017 at 8:31 am (2 weeks ago)

    Thank you for sharing this. I have so many thoughts that I’m not sure how to express so instead, I will just let you know that I really appreciate that you wrote this. I love your corner of the internet for both its thoughtful approach to difficult topics and the understanding that sometimes tough conversations need cake.

    Reply
  22. Crystal Moran
    December 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm (5 days ago)

    The little things that add up to be such big things. The little things that most, if not all women have to decide on a regular basis are “all right” and continue on with our lives or else go crazy with anger and sadness. The little things that I want to show my 9 year old daughter that she doesn’t have to put up with, but that given some dangerous situations she will have to and then go about her daily life as usual. This is so saddenning and heartbreaking and angering all at the same time. Why is this OK? Why have we not rebelled before this? Why, why, why?

    Reply

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