Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry Rhubarb Glaze

Lemon juice and sour cream add a tart freshness to this glazed cake.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cake

300g plain flour
75g cornflour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine salt
180ml sour cream
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
60ml lemon juice
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
500g sugar
180ml vegetable oil

For the glaze

3 stalks finely chopped rhubarb, about 170g
340g jar red berry jam (such as strawberry, redcurrant, lingonberry or seedless red raspberry)
1 to 2 tbsp water
Pinch fine salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Special equipment: 2.4L bundt pan

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°C. Generously brush the bundt pan with shortening and dust with flour.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla and set aside.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together in another bowl, stirring vigorously to lighten the eggs. Gradually whisk in the oil until evenly combined. Add the sour cream mixture and stir together. Add the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined but still a bit lumpy. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about one hour. Cool 10 minutes; then unmold cake onto a rack placed over a baking sheet. Cool. (The cake can be prepared to this point a day ahead.)

When ready to serve. Combine the rhubarb, jam, water and salt in a small saucepan and simmer until the rhubarb gets translucent and syrupy, almost jewel like, about 10 minutes. Add a bit more water, if the glaze gets too thick . Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly. Spoon some of the glaze over the top of the cake, and reserve the rest for serving with sliced cake. Serve.

Cook's Note: We like to bake this cake the day before we serve it so the flavors and texture ripen. If you bake it a day ahead, glaze the day you plan to serve it.

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