Monday, October 18, 2010

LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE - NATIONAL BAKING WEEK 2010


It's National Baking Week from 18-24 October and what could be better than a lemon drizzle cake.

As with most of the cakes I cook, this can be cut into squares and frozen. The cake defrosts perfectly. This is a very fluffy cake and instead of using the usual three eggs, this recipe uses only two and the juice of a lemon is used, giving a very lemony cake. Also the topping is just a little different from the usual lemon drizzle cake.

I know some people think baking is too time consuming, but you don't need any special equipment for this recipe, and even if you just throw everything into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes, the cake will still be lovely.

Hope this has encouraged you to bake a cake this week!

125g butter, 175g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 175g self-raising flour, 2 unwaxed lemons, 50g granulated sugar.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Lightly oil an 18cm square cake tin and line with baking paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy. Beat the eggs, then gradually add a little of the egg to the creamed mixture, adding 1 tablespoon of flour after each addition.
3. Finely grate the rind from 1 of the lemons and stir into the creamed mixture, beating well until smooth. Squeeze the juice from the lemon, strain, then stir into the mixture.
4. Spoon into the prepared tin, level the surface and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
5. Using a zester, remove the peel from the last lemon and mix with 25g of the granulated sugar and reserve.
6. Squeeze the juice into a small saucepan. Add the rest of the granulated sugar to the lemon juice in the saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally. When the sugar has dissolved, simmer gently for 3-4 minutes until syrupy.
7. Price the cake all over with a cocktail stick, to allow the syrup to soak in.
8. Sprinkle the lemon zest and sugar over the top of the cake, drizzle over the syrup and leave to cool in the tin. Cut into squares.

16 comments:

Hazel said...

I have never thought about freezing cake before! However, I think I would consume it too fast to ever consider it :-P

I love the way you have decorated the cake with the zest and sugar.

Debs said...

Margaret, this sounds lovely and so easy too for those like me that don't bake often.

Thanks for sharing.

Lin, pain d'├ępices et chocolat said...

This recipe is for me. I love baking and lemon cakes, this one looks moist and delicious!!

Antonia said...

Lemon drizzle is probably my absolute favourite type of cake. The topping looks delicious here and great to know that it freezes well too.

The Caked Crusader said...

I never get the "too time consuming" argument. The actual hands on time takes a lot less time than going to the shops! Plus you get the lovely baking smell

Gloria said...

This look amazing Margaret and I love this type of cake, x gloria

LexEat! said...

Happy baking week! I love lemon cakes and yours looks lovely!

By the way - I'm recruiting people to help me take over the world with gingerbread houses this christmas - you are something of a baking & decorating queen - are you interested?
http://www.lexeat.co.uk/2010/10/taking-over-world-with-gingerbread.html

Choclette said...

Lemon cakes are one of my favourites and this one looks lovely. How nice to choose something easy for National Baking Week to encourage folk to bake.

Jan said...

Nice cake and a lovely picture!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally inspired. I have the raspberry and almond cake in the oven and I'm about to put the lemon drizzle cake in. I have some very lucky work colleagues!! Love the blog!

Margaret said...

LexEat - I will have a go!

Anonymous - thank you for leaving a kind comment. I hope you all enjoy the cakes.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I don't need much encouragement to bake a cake - and even less to eat it!

Great choice of cake. Amazing how many people - including me - would put a lemon drizzle cake high up on their list of favourite cakes.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Lemon drizzle cakes are a classic for a reason :D, this looks fabulous. What time should i come for tea?
*kisses* HH

Danielle said...

Yumm. I love lemon cakes. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll have to try it since I just got some lemons(:

Sam said...

Lemon drizzle cake is one of my favourites, yours looks perfect, just how I like it!

James said...

Oops - there was a national baking week, a chocolate week, a sausage week..... phew. So busy missed them all :(

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