Meyer Lemon Mini Spice Cakes with Meyer Lemon Sherbet

Meyer Lemon Mini Spice Cakes with Meyer Lemon Sherbet
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Recipe for Meyer Lemon Mini Spice Cakes with Meyer Lemon Sherbet. This exquisite dessert recipe is from Chef Randy Evans of Breannas of Houston restaurant.


  • Cakes:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
  • Meyer Lemon Sherbet:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups Meyer lemon juice
  • Candied Citrus Zest:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh julienned Meyer lemon zest


  1. For the Sherbet: In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Cool slightly, then whisk in the sour cream and lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
  2. For the Cakes: In a large bowl, stir by hand the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Add oil, eggs, vanilla seeds, lemon extract and zest; slowly stir until batter is smooth. Pour 2 2/3 ounces (#12 scoop) into well greased jumbo (4 inch) muffin cups.& Bake at 375 F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. For the Candied zest: In a small saucepan over high heat, bring water, 1/4 cup sugar and zest to a boil. boil for 7 minutes, stirring often so the zest doesn't burn. Place remaining sugar in a pie pan. Using a fork, place zest into sugar, turn to coat. Place on a paper lined tray to dry.
  4. To Plate: Place mini cakes in the center of each plate; top with a scoop of sherbet and a crown of candied zest.