As you all know I love cooking, but I don’t bake very often. I’d love to bake more however, baking involves sweet sugary treats and I’d weigh a lot more if I made cakes on a regular basis. The only time I’ll make a cake is for someone’s birthday, a party or a charity event.
At my new place of work a bake off has been running for a while now and there was a gap for the week commencing the 8th May. So I decided to volunteer and offer to make a cake. Tonight I made a lemon drizzle cake ready for work on Monday.
I used a recipe book which I’ve had for 10 years now! I won it when I was at secondary school. The book is called ‘The Classic 1000 Cake & Bake Recipes’. It’s a brilliant book which I’ve used on many occasions. I referred to the recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake.
Firstly I creamed together 100g of butter and 175g of caster sugar until there was a light and fluffy mixture. Then I gradually whisked in two beaten eggs, followed by 175g of self raising flour, 4 tbsp of milk and the grated rind of 1 lemon. I mixed it altogether until there was a smooth texture. I then poured the mixture into a silicone loaf tray and baked in the oven at gas mark 4 for 45 minutes.
While the cake was in the oven, I mixed together 4 tbsp of icing sugar and 3 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. As soon as it came out of the oven, I poured the icing mixture over the cake.
The only problem was that the icing kept on sitting round the edge of the cake, so I had to pull the silicone tray at the edges to let the icing run down the sides. Once the cake had cooled down a bit, I took it out of the tray and placed some sliced lemon on top for decoration.
I think that the cake looks a little bit overdone, but hopefully it’ll taste great. I tried a little bit of the cake that was stuck to the silicone tray and it tasted sweet and lemony, which is always a good sign.
Happy reading and blogging!
Clare Bear 🙂