February 12

Yeasted Lemon Cake in Bundt Pan #BreadBakers

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Yeasted Lemon Cake without baking soda and baking powder is a new addition in my collection of cakes. This cake uses yeast as the leavening agent.

People mostly make this cake by soaking it in sugar syrup, but I kind of keep moderate sugar in my desserts and hence did not soak the cake in sugar syrup. Read on to make a healthier version of the famous Lemon Cake with Yeast.

This is my first cake with yeast and until now I was literally unaware of the fact that a cake can also be made with yeast. I got enlightened when I hopped over to King Arthur’s Blog and then decided to try my hands on this recipe of the lemon yeast cake.

This month we got “Catch up recipes “as a theme by our host Pavani Nandula and got the opportunity to try on this lemon yeast cake recipe.

yeasted lemon cake slice

Yeasted Lemon Cake with Dried Cranberries

Cranberries are one of my favorite dry fruit and I share the passion for this fruit in my recipes like

And once again I decided to bake this yeasted lemon cake recipe using my favorite cranberries. I planned to bake this cake in a Bundt pan and to make it look exotic.

Generally, we add dry fruits either in the batter or we garnish the dry fruits on the top layer of the batter. But in this recipe, I added dried cranberries in the pan before pouring the batter. And after baking when I flipped this lemon cake on a cooling rack, it just stole my heart.

Let’s start the recipe!

Quick Notes

Tin Size

Oven Temp

180 °C

Baking Time

25 min

MW Convection Temp

160 °C

Baking Time

25 min

Demold Instructions

5 min

Cooling Time

NA

PS: Use conversion table to switch recipe between grams and cups.

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Yeasted Lemon Cake Recipe

In a bowl add lukewarm water. Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar into it. Let the solution rest until it froths.

In a separate mixing bowl add fine semolina, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients. Add the activated yeast solution. Using a spatula, start mixing all the dry and wet ingredients. For this recipe, I have used unroasted fine semolina known as Chiroti rava as well. Semolina needs time to soak the liquid ingredients, so don’t worry if the dough is looking too sticky.

Yeasted-Lemon-Cake-Dry-Ingredients

PS: In case you do not have Chiroti Rava, you may fine grind the Durum Semolina that you may have at home.

Slowly add mentioned amount of milk and oil to make a lump free dough. Let the dough rest in the same mixing bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or cling wrap. Let it rest for one hour or until dough rises to double.

Slowly add mentioned amount of milk and oil to make a lump free dough. Let the dough rest in the same mixing bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or cling wrap. Let it rest for one hour or until dough rises to double.

batter of yeasted lemon cake

When dough becomes double and bubbly, it’s time to shape it and keep it for second proofing. Because the dough was sticky, I used a spatula to take the air out from the dough and transfer it to Bundt pan.

yeasted lemon cake batter

Before you transfer the dough to Bundt pan, grease it with butter. Sprinkle some dry cranberries in the pan. Using a spatula transfer the dough in the pan. Again cover it with a clean kitchen towel or cling wrap. Keep the pan at some warm place until dough rises to double.

Meanwhile, keep the oven for preheating at 180 °C.

When dough becomes double in volume, remove the kitchen towel and bake it in a preheated oven at 180 °C for 25 minutes. Because of sugar, the dough will start browning fast. To avoid burning, cover it with aluminum foil once you get enough color on the crust.

yeasted lemon cake batter after second rise

After 25 minutes, take the baking pan out from oven and unmold. Transfer the cake on cooling rack.

In a bowl add icing sugar and lemon juice. Mix it well and pour on the yeasted lemon cake when it is still warm. Slice the cake and serve it.

To my surprise, when I served this cake to my guests, none of them was actually able to identify that this cake is baked without baking powder and baking soda. 

The moment I revealed the secret, their facial expressions were amazing and worth my hard-work.

yeasted lemon cake baed

Now try this recipe and share your feedback. Till then happy baking!

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This month, we are catching up on old ‘Bread Bakers’ themes we missed out on. Our host of the month is Pavani at Cook's Hideout. Check out what the Bread Bakers have baked up.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine: Baked
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

For Cake

  • 200 gm Semolina UnRoasted Fine Semolina (Chiroti Rava)
  • 80 gm Sugar Powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 tbs Lemon Zest
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbs Oil
  • 60 ml Milk
  • 100 ml Water Luke Warm
  • 1/2 cup Cranberries Dried

For Glaze

  • 3 tbs Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbs Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • In a bowl add lukewarm water. Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar into it. Let the solution rest until it froths.
  • In a separate mixing bowl add fine semolina, salt, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add activated yeast solution. Using a spatula, start mixing all the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Slowly add mentioned amount of milk and oil to make a lump free dough.
  • Cover it with clean kitchen towel or cling wrap. Let it rest for one hour or until dough rises to double.
  • When dough becomes double, using a spatula stir it to release the air.
  • Grease a 23 cm Bundt pan with butter. Sprinkle dry cranberries in the pan.
  • With the help of spatula, transfer the dough into Bundt pan.
  • Again cover it with clean kitchen towel or cling wrap. Keep the pan at some warm place until dough rises to double.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven at 180 °C.
  • When dough becomes double in volume, remove the kitchen towel and bake it in preheated oven at 180 °C for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, take the baking pan out from oven and demould. Transfer the cake on cooling rack.
  • In a bowl add icing sugar and lemon juice. Mix it well and pour on yeasted lemon cake when it is still warm.
  • Yeasted Lemon cake is ready to serve. Serve it with fresh berries.

Notes

  1. If you want then you can replace 2 tbs of oil with 15 gm of butter.
  2. Use unroasted fine semolina only.
  3. Choice of dry fruits and berries is up to you.
  4. Every ingredient in the recipe and its quantity has its own significance. Do not alter them.
  5. This recipe is a tried and tested recipe. Substitute the ingredient/s only at your own risk.
  6. You can adjust the servings of this recipe in the “Recipe Card” and all the ingredients and their measurement will automatically adjust.
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Tags

Desserts, Dried Fruits, Eggless, Healthy, Semolina, Sweet, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian


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  • Hi Sonia,

    This cake needs to be baked with only bottom coil or with both the coils as we do with all the yeasted bakes?

    Thanks

  • Hello Sonia, Your yeasted cake stole my heart away. Lovely crust and an airy crumb. The flavours sound amazing. And the fact that you made it with semolina, makes it all the more special. The pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Sonia..
    I love cooking and baking and have been doing so last 15 years.
    I want people to place their orders with me, but I have no idea how to go about it.
    I cook only North Indian vegetarian dishes and some baked dishes ( continental and deserts) like caramel custard, carrot bread cake, vegetable au gratin, pastas, pizzas etc.
    Could you help me in any way.
    I will be grateful for any kind of mutual agreement.
    Thanks and regards.

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