There’s nothing more exciting than a crispy-edged Sourdough Lemon Bundt Cake. Crispy crust, soft interior. AND topped with a tangy lemon glaze? This cake is just TOO good, ya'll. I freaking love lemons. They make everything bright and scrumptious. Especially in cakes.
I had a ton of the freshest perfect lemons to use up, so what did I choose to use them on? This Bundt cake, of course. But you can use any lemons you wish. I've used Meyer lemons before with this recipe and the cake was divine.
Also, you don't have to use any sourdough starter if you don't want to. But it does give the cake a texture that is a bit spongier and has better texture than if made with no starter. That may not make sense in words, but once you taste this cake, it will.
Sourdough Lemon Bundt Cake: Little details
This Bundt cake contains brown butter, which you prep on the stove real fast in the beginning of the recipe. If you've never browned butter before, you're in for a sensory treat. Prepare for lovely, lovely smells and such a good taste, omg.
And feel free to use whatever sourdough starter you have around, whether it's fresh or fridge-locked, mature or over-mature. Easy peasy. As mentioned above, starter is optional as well.
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Sourdough Lemon Bundt Cake
- 10-inch bundt pan
for the brown butter
- 226g unsalted butter
for the sugar mixture
- 200g sugar
- zest from 3 lemons
for the batter
- the sugar mixture
- 4 eggs
- 100g sourdough starter
- 120g yogurt
- 220g lemon juice about three lemons' worth
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 325g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- the browned butter
for the glaze
- 150g powdered sugar
- 45g lemon juice about one lemon's worth
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Make the brown butter first! In a small saucepan on medium heat, place the butter in the pan. Keep an eye on it and let it melt almost entirely. Begin to whisk it as it bubbles. It may foam. Keep whisking and when you see brown bits starting to form, turn off the heat and continue whisking for 20 seconds. Transfer the butter to a small bowl, making sure to get all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Set aside to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest by massaging the zest into the sugar with your fingertips. Do this until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.
- When the butter is cooled completely, continue on! Oil a 10-inch Bundt pan (if you know yours sticks or you aren’t sure, then carefully butter and flour it). Preheat the oven to 350F.
- To the sugar mixture, add the 4 eggs and the sourdough starter then whisk until fluffy. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt over the batter mixture. Fold the batter with a spatula a few times, then pour in the brown butter. Continue to fold until no streaks remain.
- Pour the batter evenly into the pan. Even out the top with a spatula if necessary. Tap the pan once or twice on the counter, then place in the oven to bake for 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then flip the cake onto a wire rack.
- While the cake cools, make the glaze. Whisk the glaze ingredients together until smooth. When the cake is fully cooled, place it on the serving dish and drizzle the glaze on top. Enjoy! Let me know what you think below in the comments or on Instagram @higheralchemybaking!
Let me know what you think of my recipe in the comments below! If you want another sourdough starter dessert recipe, check out my Carrot Cake With Sourdough!