1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Have ready an ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
2. Sift the flour and the confectioners’ sugar together into a medium bowl.
3. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until foamy. Increase the speed to medium-high, add the cream of tartar and salt, and beat just until the egg whites form soft peaks. Add the granulated sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat just until the whites form stiff, glossy peaks. Add the vanilla and lemon oil and beat until well combined.
4. Sift one-fourth of the flour mixture over the egg whites and fold in with a whisk or a rubber spatula. Continue gently folding, one quarter at a time, until all the flour mixture has been added, being careful not to overmix.
5. Transfer the batter to the pan. Run a table knife through the batter to remove any large air pockets, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the cake pulls away from the side of the pan. Turn the pan upside down, and balance it on its elongated neck or pan legs (it if has them), or hang the tube upside down from the neck of a tall bottle. Let cool to room temperature.
6. Turn the pan right side up. Run a knife around the outside edge of the cake and between the cake and the tube. Top the cake with a flat plate, invert it, give a sharp downward rap to the pan to dislodge the cake, and lift off the pan. If the pan bottom is removable, slide a knife between the pan bottom and the cake to release it.
7. TO MAKE THE GLAZE: Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes before using. Pour it over the cake and let stand for at least 10 minutes, or until the glaze is set.
8. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the cake into wedges.
TO MAKE AHEAD: Let cool completely, wrap tightly, and store at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze in a self-sealing freezer bag for up to 2 weeks.
From From Our House To Yours. Compilation copyright © 2002 by Chronicle Books LLC. Foreword copyright © 2002 by Joyce Goldstein. Photographs copyright © 2002 by E.J. Armstrong. All rights reserved. First published by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California.
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