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Lemon Cake

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Ingredients
    1/2 pound (2 sticks)  unsalted butter, at room temperature
    2 1/2 cups  granulated sugar, divided
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
    1/3 cup  grated lemon zest, (6 to 8 large lemons)
    3 cups  flour
    1/2 teaspoon  baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
    1 teaspoon  kosher salt
    3/4 cup  freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
    3/4 cup  buttermilk, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
For the glaze:
    2 cups  confectioners' sugar, sifted
    3 1/2 tablespoons  freshly squeezed lemon juice

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. You may also line the bottom with parchment paper, if desired.

Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and the lemon zest.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan; spoon the lemon syrup over them. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the tops of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.

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