Friday, 8 June 2012

Friday Feast - Lemon Drizzle Cake

OMG, this was so lovely that the two-legged mouse attacked it yesterday evening before I could even take a photo! Bless, he's now sulking but also up on his hind legs sniffing to see where I put hid the remainder :) Sheesh, it was meant as a treat while I'm away this coming weekend - anyhow, here's what was left:
Told yah - he made fresh coffee and took two massive slices, err, and I got the same of course :)

Lemon Drizzle Cake

For the cake:

175g (6 oz) unsalted butter,softened
175g (6 oz) caster sugar
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
3 medium eggs ( I used  3 large ones, which might account for the dip in the middle, but it's still gorgeous!)
Finely zested rind of 2 lemons
Pinch of salt (I forgot to add this folks)

For the drizzle:

2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar ( to be honest, unless you have a VERY sweet tooth, stick to 2 not 3 tablespoons, I used 2 and could have even cut down more as I like things tangy and sharp

Juice of 2 lemons (obviously the ones you used the rind from)

1kg (2lb) loaf tin, buttered and lined with a strip of baking parchment (or do as I do, use loaf tin liners - available in most decent supermarkets now)

Set the oven to 160 degrees C or Gas Mark 3

Place all the ingredient in a bowl and beat until smooth

Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and level the surface

Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 1 to 1.25 hours or until the cake has risen and is just firm to the touch and a fine skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. Remove the cake from the oven and place it onto a wire rack. Do NOT worry if it has a dip in the middle, mine did and it was perfectly cooked. A perfectionist might do the old sugar and butter, then eggs and then flour trick which could be better, I followed the recipe and just chucked it all in and it works, and tastes as good, with a nice texture :)

To make the drizzle:

Immediately sprinkle the granulated sugar over the top and then pour over the lemon juice, Leave the cake to cool completely (chase away two-legged hungry mice) in the tin before removing it and slicing to gobble serve.

To freeze: I haven't got this far, believe me no way with Len around (still sulking as I type), but pack the cold cake in a freezer bag and freeze for up to three months (fat chance I say - but I bet it would work fine, just label it as 'doggy food' or summick). Allow cake to defrost overnight before serving.




MagsB said...

Oh gosh, this looks so yummy! I must pass the recipe to my daughter - baking, for her, is as cathartic as cardmaking is to me. If she isn't making a total mess of my kitchen (bits of icing all over everywhere!) I begin to worry!

love Mags B x

Anonymous said...

Yummy yummy yummy, hubby and l are with Len on this one Di, it looks too tasty to leave alone! Has Len got a red hand slap mark on his bum now?

Will be making that creation for sure but have no need for freezing instructions as l've got my own two-legged mouse, oh no, make that two two-legged mouses (Dan doesn't like cake-strange boy)!

Have a wonderful yummy cakey day xx

Annie said...

Hmmmmm bliss. Jo makes one from time to time and I just love it.
I hope you punished your two-legged mouse severely :-) Only prob is I don't really think joining him in having two slices is quite enough punishment :-)
A x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

oh arr! pass two slice with a good English cuppa tea of course, please Di! :D
Shaz in Oz.x.

Victoria said...

mmmmm what a lovely start to my Friday morning!

Sarn said...

HA! This looks yummy . . . but in preparation for you making me feel hungry with your Friday Feast . . . I bought a cake on the way to work, to have with my coffe, so NER!

My shop-bought cake won't be anywhere near as nice, I'm sure . . . but it'll have to do!

Sarn xxx

Sandra H said...

Good afternoon Di, Lovely cake l have done this one before and yours looks so moist and l could just eat a piece now with a cuppa thanks for sharing it another of your lovely recipies keep them coming and have a lovely weekend:)x

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I love lemon drizzle and have been making it for years. I just posted the recipe for the Whole Orange Cake, but seeing your butter/sugar/flour ratio has got me thinking... see the post for why!

Have a wonderful weekend, if there's no cake left for the two legged mouse to enjoy while you're away he's only got himself to blame!!


Princess Judy Palmer said...

OMG! I love lemon. I'll bet this is divine. I understand the two legged mouse's inability to stay away!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love lemon drizzle cake and yours looks gorgeous. No wonder Len was too impatient to wait for the photo session, it looks too tempting. Hope the plans go well and the weekend is a success. Elizabeth x

Kathleen said...

Yes, yes, yes, this one is a definate winner, love all things lemon.

Kath x

May said...

Baking this sat... Cant wait... looks soooooo yummy x xHugs May x x

Sally H said...

Our two legged mice have finished off my banana cupcakes, so I might have to have a go at this. Thanks for the recipe xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I've just made the very same thing for the Band's coffee morning tomorrow! Mine sank too so dunno what went wrong there!! But it tastes good so I don't care!!
Hugs, LLJan xx

Hettie said...

Nom Nom NOM indeed! Think I might just rustle that one up before I pop out. That is if I finish my bro's card. I cannot seem to get myself into it for some reason!!

Diane said...

I made up this recipe and it disappeared in a day. My son said the best cake he had ever tasted. That sort of comment from a teenager! Will definatley make again and again. Thanks Di