Rituals allow us to feel somewhat secure in this crazy world of ours. I’m sure that many of you will agree that the simple act of preparing a cup of tea or coffee and taking the time to sit down and truly enjoy it, can be therapy for the soul. If brewed just right and sipped in either pure solitude or alongside a dear friend it can be more rejuvenating than any available medicine on Earth.
When we moved to live in the USA a few years ago, my world felt a little more shaken than usual. Quite normal I guess when you uproot a family from one country to another. Though after finding a home and settling our boys into school, there was still something playing on my mind… something we’d failed to establish… even after months of desperate searching. Great coffee just didn’t seem to exist in the city where we lived! In my opinion, the making of coffee is an art form – it takes skill, dedication and consistency. Freshly roasted and ground beans, along with a trained and passionate barista at the helm is non-negotiable. Dodgy brown liquid spurted into a cardboard cup just doesn’t quite cut it.
After a while I stopped looking for great coffee and began to drink Starbucks… like millions of other people. It became something of a ritual in it’s own right… and my almost daily Tall Caffe Latte soon became paired with a slice of their Iced Lemon Pound Cake. Over the time we were there, the coffee remained predictably average, but the cake became increasingly addictive. To this day I still crave the taste of their Pound Cake.
Recently I’ve been playing around with a few recipes, trying to replicate the flavour as best I can. So here is my version… a copycat of Starbuck’s Iced Lemon Pound Cake, which is super easy to make. This certainly isn’t the only thing I miss about the USA, but in the realm of food, funnily enough this ranks quite highly… along with chocolate-coated gummy bears! Eeeek… did I really just admit to that?
This week I’m taking my cake to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, in the hope that she’ll open the door and welcome me back in. I realise that my ribbing of American coffee and Starbucks may work against me, though the
bouncers on the door gorgeous hosts this week are friends of mine, so I just might be in luck! 😉
Copycat Iced Lemon Pound Cake | Gather and Graze
- 3 Free-Range Eggs
- 60ml/¼ Cup Lemon Juice (Meyer Lemon if possible)
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract
- 60g/¼ Cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
- 80ml/ 1/3 Cup Sunflower (or Vegetable) Oil
- 220g/1 Cup (Raw) Caster Sugar
- 225g/1½ Cups Plain Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line the base and sides of a medium loaf pan with parchment paper.
Place all wet ingredients, along with the sugar into a food processor and blend until combined. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend briefly until you have a smooth batter.
Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes. You may wish to place a sheet of foil loosely over the top during the final 5-10 minutes if the top is starting to brown too quickly.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Once the cake has cooled completely, drizzle with a citrusy glaze, made by mixing together the following ingredients.
- 80g/⅔ Cup Pure Icing Sugar (Sifted)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Milk
Enjoy with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee!
PS. The USA in fact does have some really wonderful coffee. In our travels we were excited to come across the likes of Ninth Street Espresso in NYC, Stumptown in Portland and Seattle, Intelligentsia in Chicago and Dolcezza in Washington DC… to name a few. Their beautifully extracted coffees were much appreciated and will be remembered for many years to come!