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How You've Grown! Cake

What could be more appropriate than a growth chart to mark the milestone of a first birthday? Remember: Remove all decorations before serving to babies.

Lemon-butter cake

12 egg yolks
1 tsp. lemon extract
½ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 lemon, zested
6 cups cake or pastry flour
3 cups sugar
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. salt
3 sticks butter, softened
1½ cup whole milk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9" x 13" x 2"pan with nonstick cooking spray and line the bottom withparchment paper. In medium bowl, combine yolks, lemon extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.

2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into large mixing bowl. Add butter and milk; mix on low speed until batter is moist. Increase speed to medium and beat 1 minute. Add reserved yolk mixture in three batches, beating until well-combined.

3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 1 hour and 30minutes, until cake is golden-brown and toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Yield: one 9" x 13" x 2" cake (serves 24)

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