Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  2. 3/4 cup packed light- brown sugar

  3. 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  4. 6 ounces ( 3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter For the Cake

  5. 5 Meyer lemon s, cut into paper-thin slices, ends discarded

  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour

  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

  10. 4 ounces ( 1/2 cup) unsalted butter , room temperature, plus more for pan

  11. 1 cup granulated sugar

  12. 3 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest (from 4 to 5 lemons)

  13. 2 large egg s

  14. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  15. 1 cup sour cream For the Glaze

  16. 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  17. 3 to 4 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make the streusel: Mix together flour, brown sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter into the flour mixture until small to medium clumps form. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 3 days). Make the cake: Cook lemon slices in a medium saucepan of simmering water for 1 minute. Drain, and repeat. Arrange lemon slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch angel food cake pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest with a mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add eggs, 1 at a time, then the vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream. Spoon ½ of the batter evenly into cake pan. Arrange ½ of the lemon slices in a single layer over the batter. Spread remaining batter evenly over the top. Cover with the remaining lemon slices in a single layer. Sprinkle the chilled streusel evenly over the batter. Bake until cake is golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a baking sheet, and let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, and remove outer ring. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the center tube. Slide 2 wide spatulas between the bottom of the cake and the pan, and lift cake to remove from the center tube. Let cool completely on rack. Make the glaze: Just before serving, stir together confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake, letting excess drip down the sides. Let glaze set before slicing, about 5 minutes. (Cake can be stored for up to 3 days. The lemon flavor will intensify with time.)


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