Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Free and Easy Bake Along # 19- Lemon Poppy Seed Sour Cream Cake

Time passes so quickly.. Joyce , Zoe and myself  were just talking about the blog hop thing on our bake along weeks ago and now it's happening. Yeah, if anyone of you who are interested to join in our bake along blog hop for this round, you can still do so as the linky will be opened for 7 days. A lemon poppy seed cake..our chosen or your chosen recipe. If poppyseeds are not available at your place, you can omit the poppyseeds.  
We have picked the lemon poppy seed -sour cream cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes . I did a half recipe and sometimes i'm not sure is it becos of that, i find that the cake is not as tender as what I had expected. The moisture level in the cake was good , also tasted quite lemony with the lemon syrup that was poured in , just that it would be better if mine could be a little more tender. I'm also eager to look at Zoe's cake and how did hers turn out and i understand from Joyce who replaces the sour cream with her homemade yogurt has very good result. Actually they were not too bad, were finished within the same day..also because i made them few and  made them small.

Recipe ( from Rose's  Heavenly Cakes )
makes around 10 small bundt cakes
1 large egg, at room temperature, 53gm
1/2 half egg yolk ( i omitted, original recipe calls for additional 1 egg yolk )
sour cream 100gm
vanilla extract slightly less than 2 tsp
cake flour 125gm
castor sugar 80gm
baking powder 1/2tsp+ 1/4 tsp
baking soda 1/4 tsp
salt 1/4 tsp
lemon zest, finely grated 3 tsp
poppy seeds 25gm
unsalted butter 100gms

1.Preheat the oven at 350F/175C twenty minutes before baking and set the oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs, yolk, 1/4 cup of the sour cream , vanilla, just until lightly combined.
3.In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest and poppy seeds on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining sour cream. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another 1 1/2 minutes.
4. Starting on low speed, gradually add the gee mixture in 2 parts, beating on medium speed for 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure Using a spatula, scrape the batterinto the prepared tin and smooth the surface.
5.Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in comes out clean.The cake should start to shrink from the pan after removal from the oven.

While the cake is baking, make the lemon syrup.
Lemon syrup
sugar 56gm
lemon juice 45 gms

In a small saucepan or microwave, heat the sugar and lemon juice, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow it to boil, cover it tightly to prevent evaporation.

As soon as the cake comes out from oven, place the pan on a wire rack, poke the cake all over with a thin skewer and brush it with one third of the syrup. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 mins, invert them on to a plate and brush the top and sides of the cake with the remaining syrup. Cool completely and wrap airtight.

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  1. That looks cute and gorgeous ! Yummy photos as always ;D

  2. Hi Lena,
    Both you and Zoe made mini bundts! Looks cute! This is a delicious, buttery cake, we love it. We finished it the next day, next time I'm gonna half the recipe, dangerous to have one whole cake around! :)

  3. Lena, next time I wanna use yoghurt to substitute the sour cream...shud be nice too! You and Zoe make mini one!cute.

  4. Lena, these mini cakes look pretty and cute. Looks yummy too.

  5. Lena...that is a lovely tea cake ...lemony and full of poppy seeds :) slurp!!!

    Btw, I have an award for you to pick at my blog. Do pick it when you are free :) Love your blog!


  6. Lena,I think the link is very hard, how can i done it?

  7. Ah! Lemon poppy seed sour cream cake!! Angeline, my colleague once made this and it tasted heavenly good!! I'm so gonna try it out, hope to succeed *cross my fingers, I'm a bake-noob*

  8. Your lemon poppy seed sour creem cake is so cute. Lena, I have successful made the sweet potatoes balls. Will blog about it soon. By the way, I still haven't got an oven. Still procastinating.

  9. Yours look so cute! Great idea to make it into mini bundts:D I have problem with the display lol! somehow it doesn't fit into the blog!

  10. Lena, I have tried to stick to the original recipe as much as I could. Honestly, I think my mini bundts are moist, nice and lemony to eat. As I was staring at your pictures, I realised that your mini bundts are very nicely-raised and very porous inside but mine has finer crumbs and not as porous as yours...notice that?

  11. I always feel yogurt makes cakes more tender than sour cream. But less rich. Depending on which you prefer.

  12. They are so cute and I bet so tasteful!Have a lovely week,dear!

  13. The little bundts look lovely ! I am sure they taste good too. You certainly make me hungry now.

  14. Aiyah, i totally forgotten about this, earlier i was planning to make..I have this book but have yet to try any recipe..Your bake in bundt look cute and handy.

  15. lena,

    1. actually how to join apa yang you sebut tu? I masih belum begitu faham.

    2. what if dah join tapi takder bake anything for the whole week?

    lena, kalau I tambah egg yolk, mungkinkah texture cake tu akan lebih lembut?

  16. They looks great, I'm sure they taste good too.

  17. I love the look of these, great photo and recipe. Diane

  18. anne: thank you!

    joyce: yes, better half or else cannot stop eating!

    angeline: i wanna try that too sometime..

    chris: i also think they look kinda cute!

    elin: yes ma'am! thanks!!

    claire: somehow i can imagine your face saying this..ha!

    yvonne: oh, you lucky girl, can taste angeline's cake! oh, i'm sure you can bake , if i boleh, you pun boleh!!

    sheoh yan: congrats, yan!! well, do consider getting one if you really keen to bake..

    jeannie: so nice to hv you joining along together. I see that you already displayed the linky list on your blog, yay!

    zoe: yeah, actually they are quite nice..i hv no problem with the crust, yeah now that you mentioned about the pores, i noticed that too. i wonder is that supposed the way should be?

    wendy: thanks for telling me that, next time shall try with yogurt in cakes.

    lenia: yes, they are nice, thanks!!

    Joyce: thanks for your nice words!your recent dishes which i see at your blog look terrific too!

    sonia: never mind, you can still bake and join, link will be open for a week. Yeah, i remember you told me that you have this book, quite an easy recipe.

    queenie: kak, ini bake along you boleh join anytime. Macam minggu ini, kita buat lemon poppy seed cake, itu link dekat bawah post it akan buka for 7 days, bila you suka you boleh buat kek ini and submit an entry, boleh juga link dekat post sendiri. Our next bake along will be roti ciabatta ( any recipe) on mar 12, you boleh buat roti itu , post within 7 days from mar12. You tak payah join apa2, ini bukan kelab, kita semua buat kek yang sama dan share experience je.

    yummylittlecooks: thanks, they are nice to be eaten!

    diane: thanks for your nice words! shall visit you soon!

  19. These mini bundt cakes look so dainty! Too lovely too be eaten! Great pics :)

  20. Look moist and pretty! Best to serve with a cup of hot coffee.

  21. Love these Lena how I said all of you I love poopy seeds!

  22. these look SO delicious! I love that combination
    Mary x

  23. They look beautiful! It's been a while since I've had poppy seeds.

  24. Lena, these mini bundts look so cute and I love lemon and poppy seed combo. Like the idea of using sour cream...they sure have a great texture.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

  25. Se ve impresionante!!
    Que rico :D
    Un besito linda

  26. LOVE Lemon Poppy Seed Cake very much. Have not bake it for sometime. Yours look great!

  27. so nice , it looks so good. i miss my kitchen :c i feel bad for not doing some kitchen stuff coz im too busy.
    anyway great recipe.

  28. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesFebruary 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I would love to join. I have researched on recipe and do have one in mind but couldn't proceed as I came to know that poppy seed is banned in Singapore. I will try to find time to bake before closing since we can do away with that , otherwise I will support you on the next bake along.

  29. You know sometimes my cakes turned out not as moist or light too even though I did make them before and it was good. I always think back whether I had over mixed or added the eggs too fast? I guess I still have so much to learn and discover! But I love how you baked them into mini bundts...perfect for tea parties!

  30. Such cute bundt cake shapes - they look so yummy and appetising, if you know what I mean. :)

  31. how adorable!!! I love the use of the little bundt tins for sure- and since they are tiny.. one more won't hurt right? I like that you used sour cream in this recipe- surely it added the lightness to the cake!

  32. Hi babe, I will definitely make it this time too.... I love the mini bundt cake. I have tonnes of poppy seed in my fridge waiting for me . Yay... LOL. I shall come to your rescue... eh eh wrong... I shall come to join your Bake Along ... LOL .. take care yeah . P/S please remember to buzz me when u r in KL next time . LOL..

  33. Oh good. I was wondering if it was too late to join. I have seen a few others already. It looks so good and moist and yummy good! I'll be back to link after I try baking this! :)

  34. Hi Lena, I know nothing about cooking nor baking, other talents, yes.
    But what I see here as well all your other food, cake displays sure improving my knowledge of cakes, bread tremendously.
    And this one, I've never seen before. Looks beautiful, and bet it taste out of this world.
    Have fun.

  35. simple nice, hope its easy as 1,2,3 and i will try it later coz it looks so cute :x

  36. i love poppy seeds and would happily and readily throw it into most of my cakes and muffins. This is another possibility that I could play with too:D

  37. They are so cute and mouthwatering!Kisses,dear!

  38. adeline: yeah..cos i made them small..

    ann: or maybe hot lemon tea..lemon..lemon..

    gloria: thank you!i know you love berries too!

    mary: thanks mary..i think orange and poppy seeds is nice as well.

    pineappleman: maybe you can try baking a bread with it!

    juliana: thanks, would love to try with yogurt the next time.

    jana: thank you!

    malaykg: i cant remember you baking a cake lately..maybe you should bake one this season..! Hope you are all well with your work!

    jill: hi, thanks for dropping by. you ought to find time to do something you like..will be visiting you soon.

    eileen: thanks for such nice words, i'm touched! dont worry if you cant find time to bake these, you can join us in other bake along!

    bee: you'r right..sometimes the bake just seems to be something not quite right even though we may have done it a few times..tell you..i'm quite bad at this though i wanted to find out the reason why..at times i just do it blindly!

    kenny: what do you mean? hungry?? LOL!

    daphne: i'm glad i made them small cos they were easier to eat and am glad that they actually finished within a day!

    abby: why are you keeping so much poppy seeds? i hope you're not eating them by spoonful! haha! sure, will kacau you when i'm down in kl!

    lyndsey: no, not late at all, the link will be opened for 7 days, still have 5 days to go..would love to look at yours too!

    lee: thanks. hey, i come to your blog also learn a lot of things..learn abt tricks and jokes and most importantly, it's very entertaining!

    jana: thanks for such lovely words!

    jinky: haha! definately as easy as 123..haha! thnks for coming by here!

    missymissy: i cant remember seeing your cake..would love to see you baking one someday!

    lenia: thank dear! hugs to you!

  39. Very envy you gals can try poppy seeds in baking, here in Singapore is a big no no +_+

  40. Love the cute little designs of the cake. they are so dainty and beautiful. Poppy seed is a family favorite and I never seen to find the "perfect" recipe - hopefully yours will be it!

  41. I love all things mini and these mini cakes look beautiful, decorated with all the poppy seeds! Pity I can't get them here in Singapore... :(

  42. That top picture made me feel like they were prancing right to me, Lena. They look heavenly from here. I'm such a not baker or I would love to "play."

    It's so funny because I grew so many poppies last year and when I saved the seeds it never occurred to me that they are the same seeds used for baking.

    Thank you so much for sharing...I sure wish I could taste one right now!!!

  43. These mini bundt cakes look really inviting! Lemon and poppy seeds are great together, either in cookies or cakes!

  44. Oh now I need to go buy the mini bundt pans to make these cute and beautiful mini cakes. Well done my friend:D

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