Storified by Arya McLean· Fri, Mar 29 2013 17:44:52
This soft, light and refreshing citrus cake is perfect for summer days. A combination of fresh lemon and orange juice, as well as lemon and orange peel is used to make this simple recipe, adapted from Sedgewood Book of Baking. To make the citrus cake you also need flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, and eggs. The cake is glazed with a citrus icing made with butter, sugar, fresh orange juice and grated orange peel. The thin icing makes the top crisp and gives it extra sweetness and added citrus flavor. Best served on the day it is made, citrus cake makes an elegant treat for garden parties or summer dinners.
For a smooth and even batter, use an electric mixer for making the batter. This gourmet cooking recipe uses the creaming method to achieve a light and fluffy cake. This is the process of beating the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. When beating the ingredients, do so at low speed first to prevent spattering, gradually increasing the speed to blend the ingredients well. Sift all the dry ingredients for a more accurate measurement. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients to avoid clumping and to make sure that every bit of flour is moistened.
When making citrus cake, it is best to use shiny aluminum pans since they reflect the heat away and produce a tender texture and light brown crust. Dark, glass or nonstick baking pans absorb more heat and cause the cake to brown faster. Grease and flour the pan before adding the batter to make it easier to take the cake out when it is baked and cooled. Allow the cake to cool for about ten minutes before removing the cake from the pan. To remove the cake, place a towel over the wire rack and place the whole with the towel side on the top of the cake. Turn everything together over to remove the cake from the pan.