My Great-Aunt Ruby was famous for her lemon iced cake. It was one of her specialties and was liable to show up at every church supper or summer party on the farm. This cake remains a family favorite now baked by Georgia–who passed the recipe on to me.
Like any hardworking farmer’s wife who spent her days in the garden and hanging up her laundry on the line, Ruby was thrilled with newfangled conveniences like linoleum and cake mixes. I’ve turned this recipe back around into a scratch cake using my Homemade Yellow Cake Mix, but you can make it with a store-bought mix if you like. But you’d better be hanging up some laundry on the line, too!
How to make Great-Aunt Ruby’s Lemon Iced Cake:
*If making this cake with a store-bought mix, do not add vanilla.
Combine cake mix, vanilla*, pudding, water, oil, eggs, and lemon extract. Beat with an electric mixer to combine then beat two more full minutes. (Don’t skip the mixing time! The extra mixng whips air into the batter to make a light cake. This is a heavy batter and it needs the extra mixing.) Spoon into a greased, floured tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350-degrees for 50-60 minutes. (Use a toothpick to test for doneness. Place foil over top after 40 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning.) Invert onto a serving plate; cool then top with Lemon Glaze.
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice*
3 tablespoons grated lemon peel*
*Takes three large lemons.
Whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Poke holes into cake and pour glaze over top, letting the glaze sink into the holes to fill the cake with flavor. Scatter cake with grated lemon. Serve!
I love how festive this cake looks! Heavy on the eggs, this is very similar to a lemon pound cake that’s been drenched with glaze. This is delicious cake, especially if you make it homemade!
P.S. For those of you who wonder sometimes what I do with all these goodies, I don’t always keep them. After I took pictures, I gave half of this cake to my cousin as it’s one of his favorites. My Great-Aunt Ruby is “Granny Ruby” to him.