Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Because Blog Reader and Friend Rich in NC asked for it - Illinois Ice Storm Cake

Illinois Ice Storm Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

•           3 cups all-purpose flour
•           1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•           1/2 teaspoon salt
•           2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
•           2-1/4 cups granulated sugar
•           3 large eggs
•           1 cup buttermilk (to make your own replace 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of milk in your cup of milk with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and let sit out at room temp for 5 minutes).
•           2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest, packed (4-5 lemons)
•           2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•           1/3 cup water
•           1/3 cup granulated sugar
•           2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (yes, this is in addition to the 2 tablespoons in the batter)
1.         Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with additional flour.
2.         In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3.         In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or beaters), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
4.         In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, lemon zest and lemon juice.
5.         With the mixer on low speed, beat in one-quarter of the flour mixture, then one-third of the buttermilk mixture. Beat in another quarter of the flour, then another third of the milk mixture. Repeat with another quarter of the flour and the remaining milk mixture. Finally, beat in the remaining flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and give a quick mix to make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
6.        Spoon the thick batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth with a rubber spatula. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
7.         Cool the cake in the pan for ten minutes on a rack.
8.         Meanwhile, make the syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
9.         Invert the warm cake onto a rack. Slip a large piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil under the rack to catch all the drips from the syrup and glaze. Gradually brush the hot syrup over the cake, letting it soak in (a little syrup will drip off, but try not to rush so that most of it is absorbed). Allow the cake to cool completely, about one hour.
•           When the cake is cool, slip two large metal spatulas under the cake and carefully transfer to a serving platter.  When cool sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


  1. Thanks for running this post now because I am going to give up Rich desserts for lent.

  2. Yum - I saved this one in my recipe collection. Sounds fantastic, thanks for sharing.

  3. All the really good stuff starts with gluten. Rats!

    Sigh. . .

  4. I can smell and taste the Lemon already. This is a good cake to make this coming winter freeze week-end. Thanks.

  5. Oh, Ms B. Yer makin' me blush. I'm already notorious enough without Headlined Help. Sheesh. I've copied this, and added it to my Brigid's Recipes Folder along with the rest of the rest of 'em. Thank You again.

  6. We made this for a birthday cake last week - and it received rave reviews. The only modification was the addition of 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon extract to the glaze.

  7. Delicious! I am new at baking and wanted to try this. It stuck slightly in the bunt pan but it was wonderful! Years ago I used your toffee recipe and it has become a family favorite! I make 6 or 7 double batches a year. This cake is going to be just like it, another favorite! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. The toffee is a bit of work but so worth it!

  8. So what's another inch on my waist? :-)


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