Meyer Lemon Pecan Bundt Cake

You will of course recall those glorious Meyer lemons I was exulting over last week. Here is the first thing I made with them: Meyer lemon pecan bundt cake. I am nothing if not a dutiful blogger, so I can assure you, having just had a slice or two, that it keeps well and even improves after baking.

I love the way this cake is not overly sweet and has a decidedly sharp tang. I always go a bit crazy with lemon in cakes, but in this case it creates a nice balance, the zest lending an almost savory note.

The pecans come very close to stealing the show, though. I had some leftover from the Texas Sheet Cake we made for Eric’s dad’s birthday (I’ve never seen a cake disappear so quickly!), so I threw them in on a whim, and I think it’s an inspired pairing. I can’t really take any credit for that, though. Good job, flavors!

This cake is definitely a keeper, which is a good thing, because I’ve still got some lemons left, and the owner of the tree tells me that it still has hundreds of lemons. Oh, happy day!

Meyer Lemon Pecan Bundt Cake

4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
2 c flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
1/3 c juice of Meyer lemons (3 lemons)
Zest of 3 Meyer lemons
1 c pecans (The lemon zest and pecans could be lightened if you like a more subtle flavor)

-Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the inside of a Bundt pan.
-Zest and juice the lemons.
-Combine the eggs and sugar and beat in the butter gradually until the mixture is creamy.
-Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk, and beat to combine.
-Add the lemon juice and lemon zest and beat to combine. Add the pecans.
-Pour into the Bundt pan and bake for approximately 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees F. (When a toothpick comes out clean and the outer edges of the cake are pulling away slightly from the sides of the pan, it is ready.)
-Let cool for at least 30 minutes, and then loosen the edges with a  spatula before turning out onto a cooling rack or serving plate.
-I served the cake as it is, but you could also dust it with powdered sugar or add a simple lemon glaze (just lemon juice and powdered sugar). Enjoy!

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