I love lemon! Also, I have a secret love of zesting lemons. There’s something about zesting a lemon or scraping seeds out of vanilla beans that makes me feel like a real chef. I know it’s silly but I really do get a kick out of it. So with this recipe I got to zest up a storm!
This week I made a Lemon Crumb Cake to take to a pot luck brunch. This cake was a very big hit. I didn’t think it was overly sweet and it had the perfect amount of zip from the lemon. Well, I think that cause I actually bumped up the lemon in the recipe. I told ya, I love zesting lemons!!!
The recipe was very easy to follow and like the recipe says, you should use a spring form pan. Don’t try to do this in a regular round cake pan. I followed the recipe for the most part, I only changed 2 things. The first was with the crumb topping. In the recipe it called for using melted butter. I have found that crumb toppings actually come out a little better if you cut cold butter into the other ingredients. I like to put the butter in the freezer for a few minutes before I use it, I think it makes the butter easier to work with and makes gives you those nice big chunks of crumb topping. Honestly, I could probably just be happy picking off the crumb topping on some things. The second change I made was with the glaze. I added the zest of 1 lemon to it. I wanted to give the glaze just an extra little bit of zip and it did!
Also, there’s a nice cream cheese layer to the cake that was just the right amount. Sometimes these kind of layers can get over sweet and make the whole thing to start tasting like cheesecake and I didn’t think that was the case here. Cream Cheese layer just added a nice richness to the cake.
This cake was super yummy and just perfect for a brunch or an afternoon snack or a dessert or a midnight snack…stop judging me! It’s good is what I’m trying to say and I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not much of a baker don’t let the several different layers intimidate you. Once you get into it you’ll see how simple it is. Now leave me be so I can go zest some lemons…stop judging me!