Meals on Monday Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

A trip to the hospital this weekend! Our baby ( yes I know she is 31 years old, but she will always be my baby)  had emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder. She is recovering well after a second ( post op) trip to the ER for dehydration.Why am I so tired? Yes it was a very stressful weekend, filled with worry and watching our beautiful grandchildren. She had the surgery….But I feel like I got hit by the 5 pm bus … She is a trooper however! Can you believe she updated her facebook yesterday from her bed of pain! That’s my girl!  I’m sorry I haven’t made it to the blog hop linkers yet, I will try and visit you all this week before the new hop.Okay on to today’s recipe, lemon cake.




lemon cake katherines corner

 What You Need

1 1/2 Cups  flour ( plus a little for dusting the pan)

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup plain yogurt

1 1/3 Cups sugar

3 Large eggs

4 Lemons  ( Meyer lemons are great but any lemon is fine)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/3 Cup lemon juice

1 Cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp  lemon juice

Nonstick cooking spray

Parchment paper


2 Large mixing bowls


Small saucepan

Cooling rack

Sheet pan


Lemon zester or grater

Loaf pan (8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 ½ works best)

For The Icing-3/4 Cup powder sugar, 1/4 cup butter (softened), 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice , 1  tsp lemon zest , 3 Tbsp milk, bowl, electric mixer

Before you start : Create 2 tsp Lemon zest ( yellow part of lemon only) using your lemon zester and set aside, then squeeze the lemons to create your juice ( 1/3 cup). Preheat oven to 350 ° and spray the loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper, and then lightly dust the inside of the pan with flour (bottom and sides)

Lets Make It!  In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In the other bowl whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup of the sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the vegetable oil into the batter (make sure it is all combined well). Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick (or cake tester) placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean. About 40 minutes into the baking.  Pour lemon juice and 1/3 cup sugar into the small saucepan and cook over medium low heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Then set aside. When the cake is done, let it cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Carefully place on a cooling rack over a sheet pan ( to catch the drips). While the cake is still warm, poke it with toothpicks in several places and pour the sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Let cool for about 1 hour. When cooled prepare the icing in a large mixing bowl by beating the sugar, butter, lemon juice and lemon zest on medium high speed ( using an electric mixer) until smooth. Beat in the milk, and increase speed and continue to beat until smooth ( add more milk if needed until it reaches the consistency you prefer), then drizzle over the top of the cake.

serves 6-10




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  1. Oh, my, I hope you both recover, soon! I know what the stress of having a sick baby is like… as well as taking care of grandkids. You must be exhausted. Blessings to you both!

  2. Wow gallbladder at 31? thats young.. sorry to hear she had to go through all that, its horrible to see our children ever suffer no less have to have surgery like that what a scare! Hope the next few days have her back on the mend and you can have some quality time together.. I know all to well what your going through. My son was 22 when he fell 25 ft off while at work… touch and go and 2 years of therapy. I was also a mess so worried still am and he;’s 32 and perfect now.. but you never stop worring ever! xo have a greak week

  3. Praying for a speedy recovery for you baby and rest for you my friend. Wonderful recipe. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors.

  4. So sorry to hear about your daughters surgery but good to hear she is already well on the road to recovery. It is normal for those left at home worrying to feel the strain in the way you are, so take care.

  5. Oh Gosh Katherine, I hope your daughter get well soon! Both of you need some good rest now..!

  6. Hi Katherine. I was so sorry to hear about your baby having to have surgery like that. It seems very young to have her gall bladder removed, but I pray that she will now be well on the road to recovery, now that they have discovered what the problem was. I can imagine just how worried you must have been :( Sending hugs your way x

  7. Forgot to say – I adore Lemon Cake, so I will definitely be trying that recipe!

  8. Glad your daughter is all right!

  9. First of all, I hope that your daughter is back to normal very soon! 2nd, you must be in my head today, I was thinking about how refreshing lemon cake is and just didn’t want to pay the high prices at the store for one pre-made. Now I can try out your recipe and make one of my own! Thank you sweet Kat, Big hugs & smooches~ xoxo

  10. So glad your daughter (and baby) is doing better! I understand just how scary surgery can be. Hope you can get some rest soon!
    Hugs –
    Carol @arewethereyet

  11. Praying that your daughter has a speedy recovery and no more complications. I hope you are both able to get some rest. Your lemon cake looks delicious!

  12. Healing wishes for your daughter. Oh, and you sure don’t look like you could have a daughter that age! Way to go, mom!

  13. Oh what a temptress you are! I am such a sucker for lemon flavor, and pound cake, too? Mmmmm!
    I’ll remember your “baby” and you, too, in my prayers. Hope that both of you will get some rest and be back to your normal selves soon! Hugs to you!

  14. Good grief, You shouldn’t be worrying about visiting us. I am so glad that your daughter (baby) came through everything well. My children will always be my babies and the youngest is 45, so I know exactly how you feel.
    My son is getting remarried this Saturday on the beach. If the pics turn out well I may send them to you.
    Tell the daughter I send love and prayers,

  15. I’m so sorry to hear you went through that! My mom had hers removed ‘the old fashioned way’ and she had a much longer recovery than my sister and I (we had it laproscopically). I think the surgery and recovery was worth it to never have that paint again. Also not having to worry about impaired liver function (me) and gallstone pancreatitis (my sister). Wishes for a speedy recovery!

  16. I’m happy to hear that she’s doing better. I hope you get some much needed rest too!

  17. I don’t care how old they are…….they will always be our babies! (I tell them I can still turn them over my knee too – glad I haven’t had to try and prove that LOL) I am glad she is doing better. I know you are very relieved!

    Have a beautiful day!


  18. Im happy to hear that your daughter is doing better!

    Our city got hit by a tornado on Saturday, the 14th. Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt. Many homes were destroyed…
    The tornado hit about 7 miles from where I live. It was very scary..but we
    are ok.

  19. Hi Katherine,
    I am sorry to hear that your daughter needed surgery but relieved that she is already feeling better. I hope she will be real fine soon. Thanks for adding this wonderful cake to Creative Monday. Take care and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes coming all the way from Jamaica!

  20. Sending prayers to your baby aka daughter for a speedy recovery. I have been out of pocket this weekend also but nothing like this. Take care and give yourself a break. I added your cooking giveaway button to my sidebar:)

  21. Gallbladder surgery is no fun! My girlfriend took a little while to get over it–lots of hugs and prayers for a speedy and healthy recovery :) You’re a great mom and grandma!

  22. Oh, wow! I hope your daughter is recovering quickly!

  23. Stopping by from Building On Joy – thank you for the comment. So sorry to hear about the whirlwind weekend with your daughter’s surgery. Praying she’s well soon & you get some much-needed rest!

  24. Hi my sweet Friend.
    So sorry to hear about your daughters surgery but good to hear she is already well on the road to recovery. I know you will take good care of her at home.
    I hope you are getting some sleep sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  25. Deborah says:

    This sounds delicious. I love lemon with a passion.
    Glad your daughter is doing okay.

  26. Wow, so sorry to hear about your daughters surgery! But glad to hear she is already well on the road to recovery! I too am a little behind (maybe that’s just my life!). With all that was going on, you still accomplished posting a recipe. Wow, I’m impressed. Much love to you, my bloggy friend.

  27. Sorry about your daughter and wish her a speedy recovery! The cake looks yummy!

  28. Katherine, praying for your ‘baby- for a speedy recovery and for strength for the rest of your family.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog to comment on my link up despite how busy and for good reason distracted you’ve been this week. God bless!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

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