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Moroccan Lemon Cake

Some of our friends had a great idea a few months back to get together once a month for what we call “Country Dinners.” Basically one couple chooses a country and makes a main dish from that region, and everyone else brings a side dish/dessert/appetizer. That way we get to try lots of different cuisines without having to slave away in the kitchen all night. So far we’ve “visited” Macedonia, Italy, and Cuba. Last night was Morocco. I have no experience with Moroccan food, so I turned to Google for dessert ideas. Below is what I found. It was easy to make and turned out delicious!

Moroccan Lemon Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from 1-2 lemons
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a small bundt or tube pan. Zest and juice the lemons.

With an electric mixer or by hand, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick. Gradually beat in the oil.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt, and then the milk. Beat until smooth, and then mix in the lemon juice, zest, and vanilla.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake tests done. (I suggest setting the timer for 35 minutes, it seemed to brown quickly.)

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 7-10 minutes. Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a spatula, and turn out the cake onto a rack to finish cooling.

There are also Orange and Chocolate versions.

Next up – Jared and I are hosting France! I’m thinking Warm Goat Cheese Salad, Boeuf Bourgignon, and Nutella-Banane Crepes. Yum!

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