Moroccan cakes (meskouta) tend to be quick and easy to make, and this Moroccan lemon cake is no exception.
Light, fine-textured and flavorful, it takes only minutes to mix and get into the oven. It can be served while still warm and no frosting is needed, but an optional glaze recipe is given below.
One-half of a large lemon should yield the small amount of fresh lemon juice called for in the recipe, but you can add more lemon juice if you like tarter flavor.
Follow the conventional measures below, or try using the traditional Moroccan method of measuring with bowls and tea glasses. Keep in mind that one tea glass usually holds approximately 6 ounces of liquid.
- Recipe Using Conventional Measures
- 4 large room-temperature eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (1 level soup bowl sugar)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (1 tea glass vegetable oil)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (1 heaping soup bowl all-purpose flour)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk (1 tea glass milk)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/3 tea glass fresh lemon juice)
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest (zest from 1 or 2 lemons)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place the rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350 F (180 C). Grease and flour a small bundt or tube pan.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer or by hand, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick. Gradually beat in the oil until smooth.
Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt, and then the milk. Beat just until smooth, and then mix in the lemon juice, zest, and vanilla.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a rack for 7 to 10 minutes. Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a butter knife or spatula, then turn out the cake onto the rack to finish cooling.
The cake may be served plain, dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with a glaze.
Make the Optional Glaze
In a small bowl, mix together confectioners' sugar with lemon juice until smooth.
Drizzle over the top of the cake, allowing the glaze to run down the sides.