Friday, 23 March 2012

Lemon Drizzle Cake


I have been on a mini break from work for the last two weeks; this is not to say life has not been quiet! With a couple of university sporting End of Season Dinners attended; one of which I had to organise, combined with the sunshine breaking out in Devon, life has been pretty sweet! So I thought it about time to add another bake to the mix. Today I fancied a lemon drizzle cake as the sunshine is out and it would be rude not to!

Quite frankly an amazing bake. This is a show stopper afternoon tea cake, alternatively a delicious pudding served with a few raspberries and a dollop of yoghurt. It is incredibly simple and is much like the process for a Victoria Sponge Recipe but with a few added extras & a bit more volume...

Serves 10-12
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 50minutes

You will need the following:
225g Butter
225g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
4 Eggs
2 Lemons ... juice & zest
30g Poppy Seeds

Juice of 1 lemon
100g Caster Sugar

225g Icing Sugar
Zest of 1 lemon ... the juice of half of it


Cream together the butter and sugar

Add in the eggs one at a time

Next stir in the flour

Until it forms a smooth texture

Grate the zest of two lemons 

Add the zest of the two Lemons & squeeze in the juice of the lemons
stir until combined well

Finally, stir in the poppy seeds

As this is a deep cake as well as greasing the deep cake tin with butter cut a piece of baking paper to the shape of the tin to lay in the bottom; this will just help out when removing from the tin

Bake to perfection for 50 minutes; may need an extra 5 minutes depending on your oven

Once baked make the drizzle in a bowl by combining the sugar and lemon juice

Pour over cake and leave to stand for at least half an hour so it can soak all of the juice up

Make the icing sugar by combining the icing sugar with the lemon zest and juice 
Pour the icing over the cake and leave to stand till icing hardens

Serve as afternoon tea or a deliciously extravagant pudding, hopefully it will last longer than a day as it is rather more-ish ... 
Enjoy ...

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