In The Kitchen With Kat-The Game Night Lemon Loaf Cake

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Pretty much every Wednesday a bunch of my friends come over for some game night shenanigans. The thing is, life, as it is wont to do, has thrown us all a bunch of curve balls, so Wednesday Game Night is going to go on hiatus for a bit.

It's all good though, because even though we all have to go adult a bit, we'll probably reconvene this fall after work schedules adjust, people get back in town, and the kids go back to school. I tend to not get all wound when life converges in a way that requires people to need to take a break from fun, but not essential commitments. Yay for being easy going!

That said, I wanted to whip up something yummy for my pals as a celebratory gesture for our last at least for a while game night.

I messaged the one friend who had had the worst week out of all of us a simple message: Lemon or banana?

He replied, lemon, and I got out my mixing bowl.

I honestly was hoping he said lemon, because I had a couple of gorgeous lemons on the counter that I wanted to infuse into a baked comestible of the tasty and easy to whip up kind.

After brainstorming a bit, I decided on a loaf like lemon pound cake and got out all the needed accoutrements to craft such a thing.

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Into the mixing bowl I poured some vegetable oil, added sugar, cracked in some eggs, and splashed in some milk. As it is spring and I have a TON of work still to do, I wanted to keep it simple, which I did.

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But don't let the simplicity dissuade you, this cake packs in the flavor! Which is what I added next, fresh squeezed lemon juice, vanilla, and grated lemon zest.

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After mixing those bits in, I added some baking powder and salt, mixed it well, and then gently folded in some flour. Pound cakes can go from dense, tender tasty to tough and gluteny in a matter of too many stirs. You don't want to over stir such things, and I didn't.

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I then poured my batter into to a parchment paper lined loaf pan and popped the cake into the oven for a good, long bake.

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While the cake was baking I went out and fed the moos, and my friends, the smell when I walked back in the house was droll-inducing! I adore the aroma lemon containing baked goods emit! It's like the pungent freshness of the lemon is amplified in such a way that you want to do the chicken dance in your hallway out of pure lemon-loving joy.


Um, not that I did that or anything.


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Anyway, I took the beautiful, golden lemon loaf cake of awesomeness out of the oven and placed it onto a rack to cool for a bit. I have learned the hard way to not get in a rush when de-panning things. Thirty minutes on a rack cooling is the absolute minimum cool down for a loaf cake unless you want a crumble. I mean I am not picky, I'd probably inhale the busted cake, but it's prettier to serve in nice slices.

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After the cool down, I lifted the cake out of the loaf pan by its parchment handles and marveled that my cake was only slightly deformed by the parchment. As much as I love parchment paper, I have a bit of an issue getting it to line up all nice and perfect when I line pans with it. I know, it's a total character flaw.

I removed the parchment and got out my fine mesh colander and some powdered sugar. I love dusting still warm baked goods with a bit of powdered sugar snow. It's like the sugar dandruff completes the baked good or something.

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When my friends showed up I sliced the loaf into (surprisingly) pretty neat slices. They all took a slice and before you could say So long game night almost the entire cake had disappeared.

My son even materialized, unheralded mind you, from his cave and procured a couple slices, his grunt of approval made me smile. Lemon may be pungent but in pound cake form it definitely has a unifying and satisfying ability😊


Hope you all enjoy this cake as much as we did!


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Game Night Lemon Loaf Cake

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP lemon zest
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9"by 5" loaf pan or line pan with parchment paper. (I do both lol!)

In a mixing bowl (I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer and bowl), add oil, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and milk. Mix well.

Next add lemon zest, baking powder, and salt, mix in well.

Finally, fold in flour until just mixed. Do not over mix!

Pour better into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes. My cake was perfectly done at 57 minutes bake time.

Place loaf pan on a wire rack and cool 30 minutes before removing cake from the pan and placing the cake back onto the wire rack to further cool. After removing the cake you can sift powdered sugar over it for a nice garnish or even glaze it with your favorite glaze if you wish!


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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's always covered in something pungent and never really redundant iPhone.

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Your house must have smelled divine. Lemon meringue one of the few pies that I can't resist.

That is my dad's absolute favorite pie! We had it a ton growing up, and yes the smell was pretty fantastic, I adore lemons and pretty much always have a slice in my tea or water, especially in the summer!

Hope you are having a most glorious day up yonder!

Things are starting to shape up. Enjoying some hot chocolate as we speak:)

I love lemon cake. Don't have it too often because of my Type 2 Diabetes. I'll bet the kitchen smelled wonderful with the aroma of lemon.

Thanks for sharing. Take care.

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My dad has been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I am thinking about adapting this recipe and maybe a lemon pie recipe for such a dietary thing. It's fun to figure out how to adapt recipes so that everyone can enjoy them😊

Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

And yep, the kitchen smelled fabulous lol!

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That cake really looks nice, yummy 👌It's so sad that there is no tech that you can share the smell too :)

Oh I have so dreamed about the day when smell-o-vision becomes a reality!

Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you found yourself a yummy slice of something tasty!

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Looks good. A light summer treat.

It was really light, and not overly sweet! Thanks @beststart 😊

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Oh my gosh, I've never tried baking anything with lemon (seriously). You make it look so delicious that I will reblog it and soon try because next week, we will be "HOME" :)

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SQUEE! I am so excited to hear that! HOME and baking with lemons! It will be a glorious thing indeed lol!

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I bet it was as good, well, almost as good as the lemon birthday cake 😉

Looks, well, good enough to eat. Lol.

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Oh your birthday cake was in a league of its own, that thing was splendid!

But this cake was pretty dang tasty 😉

One day (probably this fall) I will craft a lemon cake that is super over the top in your honor, it will be awesome!

Hope you are having the most positively awesome day evah!

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I love it 😀 thanks for putting a smile on my face as always 😀

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Weirdest lemon I have ever seen

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It's a rare variety from the Arctic, hence the milk extrusions.

Hi Amir🙃

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The Lemon Cake looks delicious! Great work.

Thank you so much!!

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'Um, not that I did that or anything.'

Ahem, I'm sure you didn't 😅

Phew, I haven't had lemon cake in many years! Now, I absolutely need to make a plan sometime.
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LOL! That's right, I sooo didn't lol!

And I hope you get a slice of lemon cake sooner rather than later!

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You have done a wonderful baking, with this Lemon Loaf Cake, am wishing I was close by to munch on a piece of one pretty slice.

Aww, thanks @gratitudemine! I would have loved to serve you a big ol slice!

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Reading your droll-inducing article made me swallow a couple of times.
Judging by the size of it against the paper plate, few slices would not be enough for me.
I can eat the whole loaf. 😍

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Good thing it's an easy recipe, I guess I would have to bake you your own loaf lol lol!

Thanks for the smile btw😊

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It looks very appetizing! I'm salivating right now.)
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Thank you so much! (Hope that salivation stopped and you found something tasty to snack on lol!)

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Oooh, I must give this recipe a try! I wonder if I will ever get around to trying all the lovely recipes of yours I have saved?

Well, you are not alone in that getting around to trying what I have saved boat. I need at least ten Kat clones to get to all the things I want to try. That you saved them for future reference makes my day😊

I heard that someone on Hive had been doing the chicken dance!! I could only think of you @generikat! Oh, the divine smell of lemon pound cake! It looks like enough lemon zest to pump up that flavor! You are the queen of all things that flavor the tastebuds!

Hello, lovely. Hope you are enjoying the beauty of the day!

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LOL! I flapped my wings just now in your honor lol lol!

The morning is beyond enjoyable, I have been wandering around foraging plants from this year's bountiful rain bounty. All smiles (and covered in dirt and plant matter) here😊

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