photo by Anthony Palatta
I've been meaning to try the recipe for these citrus-flavored tea cakes for a while. The ingredient list couldn't be simpler: flour, sugar, butter, egg, the usual party guests when cake's involved, plus some lemon and lime zest.
Warm out of the oven, the cakes had an intense, fresh lemon-lime flavor. The longer they cooled, however, the more I felt a little embellishment was in order. The original recipe calls for candied lemons, but the cakes are too small for that.
I came across a simple lemon glaze recipe on line: melt a 1/4 cup of butter, add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and the juice of a large lemon, stir together. If I'd been thinking, I'd have added some yellow food coloring, and then topped with bright green sprinkles, to suggest the burst of lemon-lime flavor hiding underneath.