If you're in the need of a light, simple cake to celebrate or dream of summer days, I recommend this heartily. The crunchy glaze of lemon juice and sugar is applied when the cake comes out of the oven. Add a dollop of whipped cream (made with 1 tsp of lemon zest) and a handful of fresh raspberries, and your guests will be asking for seconds (and thirds).
Crunchy Lemon Syrup Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg (or 2 small eggs)
1/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 Tbs freshly grated lemon zest
Lemon crunch topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer or by hand until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat at high speed for 1 minute or vigorously by hand. Alternately add buttermilk and flour mixture in three additions, with mixer at low speed or stirring by hand. Stir in lemon zest. Turn batter into a buttered and floured 8-inch springform, smoothing the top of batter with a spatula. Bake in the center of oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Before cake is finished baking, in a small bowl combine sugar and lemon juice until it forms coarse crumbs. Spoon this crunchy topping evenly over cake as it comes out of the oven. Set cake, in its pan, on a wire rack to cool. 6-8 servings.