In the popular book and tv series, Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark has a famous love for lemon cakes. There are lots of recipes out there for lemon cakes, in addition to the recipe on HBO’s website.
With the upcoming season finale, I thought, ‘Why not adapt a recipe I already make and enjoy?‘ This lemon cake recipe is about as about as easy as it gets. In fact, if you are really lazy, you can mix everything in the same bowl—mix the sugar and dry ingredients together, then just make a well in which to put the liquids. The recipe is very adaptable. Lemon is delicious, as is clementine. You could be really radical, and use lime zest, or even grapefruit.
In the spirit of Sansa’s lemon cakes, I used mini loaf moulds, and baked them for about 25-28 minutes.
1 cup sugar
1 lemon (or 1 lemon and 1 clementine)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey, for glazing (or 1/2 cup icing sugar and 2 tsp lemon juice to make a glaze)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease an 8.5 by 4.5 inch loaf pan, and line with wax paper.
2. Measure sugar into mixing bowl. Use a microplane to zest lemon directly over the sugar. With clean hands, rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar is aromatic and moist.
3. Whisk together dry ingredients in separate bowl.
5. Mix the yogurt into the sugar and zest. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract and the oil. You can also add the juice of half of the lemon, if you wish.
6. Add flour mixture to the yogurt mixture until you have a smooth, shiny batter. Pour into loaf pan, making sure to get it into the corners.
7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted deep into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then invert and remove from pan. Turn the cake right side up and cool to room temperature.
8. If you want to glaze the cake, use either honey, or a mixture of icing sugar and lemon juice. Brush the glaze over the top of the cake. Let it sit at room temperature.
The cake is delicious on its own, with fruit, jam, whipped cream, or ice cream. It is also tasty toasted and buttered!