bite + sip : lemon thyme cake

lemon thyme

I came across this gorgeous photo a few weeks ago and couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I didn’t even click over to the recipe until this weekend when I finally decided – I must make that cake.  and come to find out, it’s an almond cake with polenta.  while that did sound pretty great, it also sounded kind of daunting.  so, inspired by the original, I improvised and created something different.  I can only imagine that it’s just as tasty.



for the cake {adapted from Martha’s strawberry cake that I love so much}
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp minced thyme
zest of one lemon

• preheat oven to 350 degrees.  butter a 10-inch pie plate.  mix flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl and set aside.
• mix butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  reduce speed and mix in egg, milk, thyme and lemon zest.
• gradually mix in flour mixture.  transfer batter to buttered pie plate.
• bake cake 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.  bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour.  cool completely before icing.

for the icing
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons crème fraîche
1 vanilla bean, scraped

• in a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, crème fraîche and vanilla bean until smooth.  spread the glaze all over the top of the cake and allow to drip over the sides.  let stand until the glaze sets slightly, then cut into wedges and serve.

5 Responses to “bite + sip : lemon thyme cake”

  1. camilla said:

    omg. on my way to get the ingredients NOW.

  2. Jen said:

    This looks delicious. I feel like it is a bit “Downton Abbey”-esque. I’m doing a special meal for each episode, including dessert.

  3. Lauren Maxwell said:

    This is really gorgeous. I thought I would bake bread this weekend, but now you’ve got my wheels turning…