Today for the Bread Baker’s challenge, I am proud to present you a very unusual recipe of Lemon cake with yeast. I didn’t know that yeast can be used as a leavening agent in cakes until Archana chose the theme for this month’s Bread Baker’s challenge. Only after seeing her announcement, I searched for yeast based cakes and found that there are so many traditional international cakes which uses yeast as leavening. I was really glad that I could read about this topic because it was quite interesting.
What we call as breads are called as cakes in some countries. I used to think babka as a bread, but it is supposed to be a cake. Likewise I saw so many recipes, but I wanted to bake a cake. There are a lot of yeasted pound cake recipes out there, but all have huge amounts of eggs. As it has been a while since I did some eggless baking, I wanted to bake an egg free cake. When I read the recipes, I could understand one thing. The baking powder and baking soda are replaced with yeast. Because of that the cake would be lie a cross between cake and bread.
That is when I decided to use my own recipe and do a little experimenting. I made this cake with the basic oil based vanilla cake recipe which I use normally. Infact it is one of the most viewed recipes in my blog and is a hot favourite among readers. With little changes in the recipe, I developed the lemon cake recipe. This cake needs two rises as we always do for breads. The first rise doubles the batter, but the second rise doesn’t. SO don’t worry if your cake doesn’t rise as bread dough. I baked the cake at 175°C like normal cakes and I kep my fingers crossed. I was expecting a disaster, but when I flipped the cake onto the board, I was really surprised to see the cake standing tall. I have used lemon juice and lemon zest in both the cake and the icing, so the cake is bursting with lemon flavour. I wanted to check how it tastes, so ended up eating the left over crumbs. It was so yum and I needed all my determination to pack it up to Sruti’s school without eating it off. So if you want to do a little bit of adventurous baking, go ahead and bake a cake with yeast. You won’t regret.
Maida / All Purpose Flour – 1 1/3 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Lemon Zest – 1 tsp
Instant Yeast – 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice – 3 tbs
Milk – 1 1/4 cup
Coconut Oil – 1/4 cup
Icing Sugar – 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice – 1 tbs
Pistachios For Garnish
In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, yeast and lemon zest.
Add in oil, milk and lemon juice and mix to form a thick batter.
Cover with cling film and set aside for one hour or two hours until the batter is double in volume.
Remove the cling wrap, give the batter a nice stir to inflate it.
Grease, line and dust a pudding dish or a 6″ cake tin.
Transfer batter to the prepared tin and cover with cling film.
Preheat oven to 150°C.
Let the batter prove for 20 minutes while the oven is preheating.
Remove the cling film and bake the cake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Remove the tin from oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Flip the cake on a board and remove the lining paper.
Top the cake with some lemon juice. The cake will absorb the juice and the flavour would be intense.
Mix together icing sugar and lemon juice to make a smooth drizzle.
Drizzle it on top of the cake and sprinkle lemon zest on it. Add some chopped pistachios in the centre and allow the cake to cool completely.
Slice it into wedges and serve.
This month, the Bread Bakers are making yeasted cakes, a theme chosen by Archana of The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. Here are everyone’s yeasted cakes:
- Almond Stollen from Baking Sense
- Baba-au-Rhum from Ambrosia
- Bavarian Plum Cake from Ruchik Randhap
- Chocolate Babka from Sneha’s Recipes
- Cranberry Lardy Cake from Food Lust People Love
- Drozdzowe from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Election Cake from All That’s Left are the Crumbs
- Orange Yeast Cake from Cooking with Renu
- Yeasted Lemon Cake from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Yeasted Orange Cake from The Mad Scientist Kitchen
- Yeasted Pound Cake from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Yeasted Transylvanian Cinnamon Sugar Cake from Sizzling Tastebuds
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Our theme this month is Yeasted Cakes.