Meyer Lemon Tea Cakes with Pomegranate Glaze + 2 Sweet Cookbook Giveaways (makes 24 cakes )

Prep Time: 12 mins Cook Time: 18 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened pomegranate juice

Preparation

1. Heat the oven to 350F. Coat 24 large muffin cups with nonstick baking spray or butter.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handheld mixer), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

4. Mix the creme fraiche, eggs, lemon zest, and juice together in a small bowl with a fork or small whisk. With the mixer on medium speed, alternately add the dry and wet ingredients in batches and continue beating until the batter is smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, about 3 minutes.

5. Using a large ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop approximately 1/2 cup batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes appear matte and the shiny center has disappeared; do not bake until the cakes turn golden. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing them. Cool the cakes completely on a cooling rack before glazing, about 1 hour.

6. Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and pomegranate juice and stir with a small spatula until completely smooth. Let the glaze sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before using.

To Glaze the Cakes:

Pour the glaze into a wide shallow bowl. One at a time, pick up each cake, rotate the cake so the top is facing down, and dip it into the glaze. Carefully move the cake in a slow, circular motion so the entire surface is coated with glaze, then shake the cake gently so any excess glaze falls back in the bowl and put on a baking sheet. Put the cakes in a cool, dry area and let stand until the glaze loses its sheen and sets, about 20 minutes.



The glazed cakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.