TwD Baking with Julia: Lemon Loaf Cake

April 17, 2012

The second recipe of the month for the Tuesdays with Dorie group is Lemon Loaf Cake. Lemon desserts always look so good, but I don’t often bake them, so this recipe was a welcome selection.

Loaf cake baked in the round

6″ pans, what would I do without you? I made 1/4 of the recipe, and though a 6″ round pan wasn’t exactly the right size, it was close…or at least I thought it was. When I took the cake out of the oven, I was concerned that it looked awfully low and flat. So concerned that I decided to make some lemon curd to serve with it, just in case it needed a little bit of help.

When I cut into the cake, I was happy to see that it had the texture of a pound cake, so I was pretty sure it turned out like it was supposed to. But I’m glad I made the lemon curd because it was delicious! I used this recipe from Cooking Light – it was easy and definitely something I’ll make again. I’m already looking forward to stirring the leftovers into some yogurt.

After I assembled the cake and lemon curd, I realized that I should have tasted the cake on its own first. So I didn’t get a taste of “just cake,” but I really enjoyed it combined with the lemon curd. My husband enjoyed it and said that it was like pound cake, but “not boring.” Note to self: don’t make plain pound cake because he will declare it boring!

Side note: yes, I made 1/4 of the recipe. When I first started baking with the Tuesdays with Dorie group, I thought it was strange the people were making 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 of a recipe. Now I think it’s a great idea. There are only two of us eating much of what I bake (though I do give things away when I can), so we don’t need a ton, and if I bake smaller amounts I can bake more often and we can have more variety. Plus, it keeps my math skills sharp!

Ready to get your lemon on? You can find the recipe on page 252 of Baking with Julia. Thank you to this week’s hosts: Truc of Treats and Michelle ofย  The Beauty of Life. They will have the recipe posted on their blogs today.


  1. I love how you gussied up this cake with cream and lemon curd – it’s a gorgeous photo.

  2. I’m a big fan of baking half a recipe, although I’ve never had the nerve to cut it down more than that. We don’t need all that extra food either! Your lemon curd sounds wonderful, and I’m glad it worked with this cake.

  3. Ooh, the stacked layers with curd look delicious! And that’s pretty funny about “boring” pound cake. My husband would say the same thing.

  4. Great idea to scale down the recipes! I keep thinking that I’ll make less, but then I second-guess the recipe in case it tastes good and I want more…

  5. Jill, your photo looks wonderful with the lemon curd and dollop of cream.

    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/twd-baking-with-julia-lemon-loaf cake/

  6. I do agree with the scaling down of recipes – though usually I only halve mine. Love that you baked it in a round.

  7. Yes. IT’s always a good idea for me not to make the full recipe (it’s only two of us as well). Your loaf looks great especially with the lemon curd.

  8. I wanted to serve mine with lemon curd, too…but I couldn’t get any takers. I seem to make a lot of half batches…less waste that way ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I never thought about how making a smaller part of the recipe would sharpen math skills. I think that is a pretty good reason to start doing it. Your cake looks great!

  10. The crumb on your cake looks so perfect! Lemon loaf plus lemon curd is a winner on all fronts – I can never get enough lemon in my desserts ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I love scaling recipes too, it’s definitely the way to go in a 2 person house!

  11. I like scaling back recipes – which is something I am learning to do more of these days.
    And lemon curd, yum!

  12. I scale back recipes all the time, I love baking, but I also love fitting into my clothes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Your lemon cake looks so good and making lemon curd to go along with it is brilliant!

  14. Jill – what a wonderful loaf – I did the whole recipe, but a half recipe is always nice to do once in awhile! I use the office to “unload”…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The lemon curd looks wonderful as well. – extra lemon never hurts!

  15. lemon curd is a fantastic idea! looks like a wonderful treat

  16. Lemon cake, lemon curd, yogurt…what is not to absolutely love about all that? Gorgeous photo. I have found the mini versions to be very accommodating now that the swimmer is off at college with his swimmer appetite! Love my little versions of things and am always surprised at how good they turn out. We loved this recipe from the book.

  17. This looks truly delicious-I regret that I didn’t get a chance to make this recipe!

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