Buttermilk Cake with Candied Citrus

Buttermilk Cake with Candied Citrus
Buttermilk Cake with Candied Citrus

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    cups cake flour

  • 1

    tsp. baking powder

  • 1

    tsp. baking soda

  • 3/4

    tsp. salt

  • 2 1/2

    cups sugar

  • 1

    stick butter, softened

  • 2

    tsp. finely grated lemon peel, plus 2 lemons, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1

    tsp. pure vanilla

  • 2

    eggs, at room temperature

  • 1

    cup buttermilk, well shaken

  • 1/2

    pink grapefruit, thinly sliced, crosswise

  • 1

    navel orange, thinly sliced, crosswise

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a butered 2x9 inch round cake pan with wax paper, then butter the paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and hte butter at medium speed until fluffy, then beat in the lemon peel and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the buttermilk on low speed. Working in 3 batches, mix in the flour mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until golden, about 35-40 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a sharp knife around the edge. Invert onto the rack and let cool completely. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the citrus slices and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and cool the fruit in a sieve set over a bowl; return the syrup to pan and boil gently until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Poke the cake all over with a skewer, then pour 3/4 cup of the syrup slowly and evenly over the cake. Arrange citrus slices on top. Drizzle the remaining syrup over the fruit.

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