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Pretty Lemon Cakes with Hot Pink Glaze (Gluten Free)

You can utilize any mini cake pan you like. If you prefer, feel free to use a normal 8” round or square cake pan. Just adjust the cook time accordingly.
Servings: 8 mini cakes


  • 226 g 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 g 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon white rum or sub vanilla extract
  • 1 large lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 6 oz. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 302 g 2 cups King arthur 1-1 flour (or sub regular all purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 68 g ½ cup organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 oz. ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh beet juice store bought or homemade
  • ¼ teaspoon white rum or sub vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cake pan(s) well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until creamy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy, 1-2 additional minutes.
  • Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then add egg yolk. Add rum.
  • In a small bowl, stir buttermilk with lemon juice and zest.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and beat dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk mixture.
  • Add batter to cake pans, being careful to not fill too full (only to about 2/3rds mark)
  • Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes pending pan size . Cool in pan for 10-20 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.
  • To prepare glaze: in a small bowl, add sifted powdered sugar and beet juice. Stir to mix. Set aside.
  • In mixer with medium size bowl and whisk attachment, beat the whipped cream on medium-high until the cream begins to thicken, but only just a bit.
  • Add sugar and beet juice. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Drizzle over cooled cakes. Garnish with various sprinkles/toppings if you like. Enjoy!