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#1 Old 10-07-2007, 07:13 AM
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Absurdly Easy Lemon Cake

Category: Desserts - Cakes



Suitable for a: vegan diet





Ingredients:

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3 cups flour

2 cups sugar (I use slightly less)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 tsp lemon extract

2 cup cold water or soy/rice milk





Instructions:

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Preheat oven to 350F. Grease pan(s) with margarine and coat lightly with flour.



Mix together dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. This recipe works best in two 9-inch cake pans (layer cake). Bake in oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.



Allow cake to completely cool before removing from pans. Enjoy!





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If this sounds familar, it should! It's a variation on Michael's post Absurdly Easy Chocolate Cake
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#2 Old 04-05-2008, 10:21 PM
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oh wow, that sounds gorgeous!!!!
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#3 Old 04-06-2008, 01:31 AM
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8O! I want to try this! I don't think we have lemon extract though :[
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what kind of a frosting would go well on this?
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what kind of a frosting would go well on this?



I've used just plain vanilla, which was good. I'm sure lemon icing would be good too, if you're a lemon fanatic.





This is the frosting recipe I use. If you enjoy baking, I highly recommend Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I love their frosting recipes for cakes!
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I love anything lemon! I always have a million in my refer, so I can't wait to try this one. It sounds great, and probally not too sweet. Thank you for the recipe.
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I hope you enjoy it!
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#8 Old 10-09-2008, 10:24 PM
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Lemon is out of this world
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I Love Lemon!! Now I'm craving Lemon Cake with Lemon Frosting....
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Mmm that sounds lovely!
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I can vouch for it. It was very tasty
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I tired this one today, but something went wrong. =( The chocolate version has vinegar in it, was this one supposed to too?
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I tired this one today, but something went wrong. =( The chocolate version has vinegar in it, was this one supposed to too?



What went wrong? Did the cake not rise? Not cook? Did you use a bundt pan or two separate smaller pans (layer cake)?



The vinegar is simply an acid that reacts with the baking soda - which the lemon juice does in this one. It worked fine for me. Let me know exactly what happened and maybe I can figure it out.
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I don't have any lemon extract. Could I add a little extra lemon juice and lots of lemon zest instead?
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I don't have any lemon extract. Could I add a little extra lemon juice and lots of lemon zest instead?



I don't think it would impart as much of a lemon flavor - the extract is pretty concentrated. I wouldn't want to add too much extra lemon juice because I'm not sure how it would affect the chemistry... but lemon zest might do the trick.



If you're adventurous, give it a try and let us know what happens!
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mmm...this recipe sounds so good! i must try it soon....
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I am going to make this (in cupcake form) this weekend for friends. I have complete trust in fyvel's taste, so I know everyone will love this!



I'll be making the absurd chocolate recipe in cupcake form as well. I'll let everyone know what kind of reviews I get.
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I love recipes like this easy to make and so yummy
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I just made this again a few days ago and took it to a family gathering. Lots of good reviews.
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Think I'll be picking a few lemons off the tree this weekend and trying to make this, sounds yummy...
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What went wrong? Did the cake not rise? Not cook? Did you use a bundt pan or two separate smaller pans (layer cake)?



The vinegar is simply an acid that reacts with the baking soda - which the lemon juice does in this one. It worked fine for me. Let me know exactly what happened and maybe I can figure it out.



I did 2 pans. It didn't cook in the middle and stuck itself in the pan, then crumbled out in pieces. I may of done something wrong, my cooking skills are still basic.
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I did 2 pans. It didn't cook in the middle and stuck itself in the pan, then crumbled out in pieces. I may of done something wrong, my cooking skills are still basic.



If it didn't cook in the middle, you need to leave it in the oven a bit longer. A toothpick stuck in the middle should come out clean - with no liquidy stuff stuck to it (crumbs are ok). This cake will actually brown up - so it will look like it should be done when it isn't.



As for it coming out in pieces: first you really have to let this cake completely cool before you try to take it out of the pans (same goes for the chocolate version). Second, make sure you grease & flour the pans before you put the batter in or it will stick and fall apart when you try to take it out. I find it also helps to loosen the cake around the edges with a butter knife before trying to take it out of the pans.



Hope you give it another try, its a really yummy cake
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this is soo absurdly easy! i just made it for my sons 9th coming up. i plan to frost it with coconut lime frosting as he requested a lemon lime cake. i will freeze it just as i did last year and it turns out great! i have to freeze it as i have to make his twin sisters cake and freeze that as well--i dont want to have to make 2 cakes and 2 frosting recipes on their b-day!

thanks for a great recipe!
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Coconut lime frosting?
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Coconut lime frosting?



i havent tried it yet but it sounds awesome! i can pm it to you either before or after i try it! you tell me!
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i havent tried it yet but it sounds awesome! i can pm it to you either before or after i try it! you tell me!



It sounds amazing! I'll definitely take the recipe if you're offering
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Fyvel--I made this for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary meal (I was going for the gold-yellow theme) and it was a hit. What I did for frosting was a box of powdered sugar, a tsp. of vanilla, and some pureed strawberries. It was a hit. Thank you for the recipe.

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Purp, glad to hear it was a hit! I've put strawberry frosting on this as well, at the request of my husband, and it was great!



I actually just made this again a few days ago
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Wow! I'm getting so many good and yummy recipes here.

I will definitely try all this..

Thanks for sharing
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