Lemon Cake For Blogoversary

Lemon Cake | giverecipe.com

It has been a long time since I wrote my last post. I have been working till late hours, so I can not even write back to your so much valuable comments. Hope you understand me. I couldn’t even realize that Give Recipe left a year behind until my hubby reminded me 4 days ago. He asked, “Aren’t you thinking of making something special to celebrate our child’s birthday?” You see, Give Recipe is like our child as he says I spend a big part of my time either dealing with it or thinking about it. I know I’ve neglected it since the school started (working as a teacher) but it’s always on my mind. However, I’m grateful to hubby for reminding me of my first blogoversary.

It was on a weekday and unfortunately, I couldn’t make anything special, so I had to postpone it to this weekend. I was decisive on making something sweet as I think it’s not a real celebration if there is nothing sweet. I thought a lamon cake would be great to celebrate a blogoversary. And ofcourse it wouldn’t be a real celebration without some guests, so we called a few friends and enjoyed this cake together with Turkish black tea.

Finally, thanks a million to everyone for visiting Give Recipe and for helping me improve it with your comments, suggestions and questions.

Limonlu Kek
–    100g butter (at room temperature)
–    125g sugar
–    4 eggs
–    50ml (1/4 cup) milk
–    Rind of 1 lemon, grated
–    300g flour
–    1tsp baking powder
For the jam on the top:
–    1 lemon
–    2 tbsp sugar
–    5 tbsp water
Preheat the oven at 180C (350F).

Mix butter and sugar, add eggs and beat well until smooth. Pour milk in it and mix. Put grated lemon rind and flour, whisk with a spatula. Take a tbsp baking powder and squeeze a few drops of lemon on it. This will help the cake rise well.

Oil the cake mould (I used a rectangular one) and pour the batter into it and bake for 45 minutes. You know how to check if it’s done at the end of this duration. Just use a toothpick; if it comes out clean, it means you can take it from oven.

As a big fan of lemon, I don’t want to waste any part of it. Believe or not, I eat lemons with their rinds, they are not different from any other fruits. Most of my friends find it weird, but I do love the bitterish taste of their rind. When preparing the cake butter, I thought it would be great to garnish it with some slices of lemon rind. But not to have a bitter taste (no problem for me), I must find a way to make them sweet (for my friends). I just followed the steps similar to my usual jams, just in small amounts. You can play with the amounts of sugar and water here according to your taste.

So when you put the cake aside, you can prepare the lemon jam to make your cake have a ‘lemon’ cake look. Slice the lemon rind thinly, put them in a small pan, add sugar and water in it. Heat it ove medium heat stirring occasionaly until the sugar melts. When it starts to boil, add a few drops of lemon in it. You will see it becomes thicker after adding lemon juice. Then you can take it from heat and garnish your cake.

Lemon Cake | giverecipe.com


  1. OysterCulture says

    Happy Birthday to something truly special and the fact that it is co-produced by you and your husband, and I believe your mother-in-law if memory serves me does those wonderful drawings – makes it something really special. I cannot believe its only been a year, I’ve had so much fun learning about Turkish cuisine, gaining a new appreciation on something truly wonderful. Thank you and your husband for taking time out of your busy lives to educate us. Mine is so much richer as a result. I look forward to watching this little guy (or girl) grow and develop into something grand!

    Oh, and I love lemons too, and lemons plus baked goods is even better. Cannot wait to try your cake!

  2. says

    Congrats for your 1 year Zerrin!!!
    Your blog is very enjoyable in every sense and you give a tasteful experience about Turkish cuisine and the delicious dishes.
    I expect many and many years to come and continuing with your wonderful recipes like this lemon cake yum yum :-)

    Have a great weekend!


  3. says

    This is my first visit to your blog and I’m here because I’m a lemon lover who will be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

    Please accept my very best wishes to you and your husband on this happy occasion, and may your readership grow by leaps and bounds in 2010. :)

  4. says

    Congratulations on the first anniversary of your wonderful blog! I can’t believe it’s only been a year, given how many delicious recipes and incredible information you’ve shared with us. I apologize for being absent for so long from your site – the final 4 months of last year were so much busier than I’d expected as I tried to juggle classes and blogging. Unfortunately, the blogging part suffered.

    But as the new year begins, I hope that we will all find the opportunity to continue sharing and keeping in touch through this marvelous medium of blogs. Your lemon cake is yet another bright expression of your joyous spirit and love of cooking! I can’t wait to see what you’ll share with us next.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

  5. says

    Happy Blog Anniversary Zerin. Keep us the good work. Yes, your lemon cake look absolutely delicious!

  6. says

    Happy 1 year birthday. The cake looks so yummy and moist. I am happy that your share your family recipes with us. -Tien :)

  7. says

    I know how “demanding” a blog can be but what you share is priceless. Auguri (best wishes) and here’s looking forward to another year of delicious food and recipes!

  8. DianaHayes says

    Happy blogoversary!I feel so priviledhed to share in all of your great cooking. Your lemoncake sounds so rich. A wonderful way to celebrate.

  9. cuisinetouria says

    salam zerrin
    I like lemon thnaks for sharing & happy birthday to tour blog

  10. says

    Happy Anniversary/Birthday to your blog. I know haven’t visited your blog in a while but your site is full of information and culture from your country. Happy New Year too and my have the best year ever. Let’s continue sharing recipes. All the best.

  11. says

    Happy blogoversary! Its a wonderful way to celebrate with a lemon cake.

    It has been a bit of a struggle to keep current on my blog and visiting others with the holidays and work!

    I love your recipes and post and have learned a lot about Turkish cuisine. Looking forward to your posts in your second year!

  12. says

    Congratulations on your first year with little “Give Recipe”, it is so great to see your blog grown and I am sure the next year will be just as fruitful.

    Culinarily yours,

  13. says

    Happy 1 year blogoversary, Zerrin! Lemon cake sounds like the perfect way to celebrate, and I agree it doesn’t really feel like a celebration unless there is something sweet! I’m happy to have found your lovely blog and I always look forward to reading your posts!

  14. says

    Happy blogoversary Zerrin – how time flies! It’s been both an educational and tasty year in these parts – may you have many more years of blogging (and lemon cakes) to come :)

  15. Soma says

    Happy Blog Anniversary Zerrin. Keep it going delicious and strong for many more years to come. Your place is a delight and class for me for my Turkish food passion.

  16. says

    It’s a lovely lemon cake, and the zest on top looks fantastic! Happy first anniversary of your blog! Wishing you many more anniversaries with lots more great food.

  17. says

    Happy Blogoversary, Zerrincim! Wishing you many more years of blogging and sharing your wonderful recipes with us! Your lemon cake looks and sounds good. In the past I never liked lemon cakes or pies but recently I have developed such a fondness for them. Lemony desserts are great now:) Thanks for the recipe.

  18. says

    This looks soooo good. I have to say that lemon cake is my favorite at tea time. I have lemons right outside on my tree, so I might try to make a vegan version of this. Thanks for reminding me of something I love and haven’t had for a long time!

  19. says

    Lemon is one of my wife’s favorite flavors. She loves lemon cookies but cake even more. This looks great.

  20. says

    What a perfect summer cake! I adore lemon, and I think that this would be a refreshing way to end a dinner party. Thanks for sharing!

  21. says

    This looks delicious and I love all things lemon. Wow, if I had the time and a fresh lemon I would make that right now. I would turn off the computer and make it now. Thanks Zerrin for another great recipe. I need to come by more than just every 3-4 months.

  22. brenda says

    i would love to make this lemon bread but i dont know what 100grams is or 125 grams of butter can u make
    it a little more understandable please

    • says

      I just wanted to be precise with those measurements. We don’t have butter in sticks here, but I searched for a converter and found that 1 stick of butter is 113gram, so you will use less than a stick. Use about 3/4 cup sugar depending on your taste and 1 and 1/2 cup flour. Hope these help.


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