Sunday, July 3, 2011

Let them eat cake

I had the gorgeous Joanne over for morning tea last weekend and promised I'd bake her something fresh.

At 9am Saturday morning (with Jo arriving at 10am), I wasn't even home yet, let alone with a recipe in mind!

Enter the world's easiest and most delicious cake recipe.

Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Made in the food processor - so easy . . . even when you don't have scales (I'm no baker, remember!)

So I totally fluked it. It was fluffy and full of lemon tang, with a crisp crust. 

Perfect with a cuppa and a good couple of hours of girly goss with a gorgeous friend.

2 large eggs
175g sugar
150g soft butter or margarine
grated zest of 1 lemon
175g super sifted self-raising flour
125mL milk
pinch sea salt

Lemon syrup
150g icing sugar
50mL fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons juiced)

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Line the bottom of a greased 23 x 13 x 7.5cm loaf tin with baking paper
  3. Place eggs and sugar in food processort bowl and process for 2 minutes, scarping the sides down with a rubber spatula
  4. Remove the lid and drop spoonfuls of butter or margarine on top of the mixture, together with the lemon zest, then pulse until it just disappears (mixture should resemble mayonnaise)
  5. Add the flour, milk and salt, cover and pulse until the mixture is smooth in texture and even in colour, scraping the sides down with a rubber spatula if necessary (do no overbeat)
  6. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown on top and firm to the touch
  7. Remove from the oven and stand the tin on a cooling rack
  8. To make the syrup, gently heat the sugar and lemon juice in a small sauceapn, stirring until a clear syrup is formed (approx 3 mins). Do not boil
  9. Prick the warm cake all over with a fork, then gently pour the syrup over it, until it has been completely absorbed
  10. Leave until cold, then carefully ease the cake from the baking tin and remove the baking paper
  11. Dust with icing sugar before serving
Thank you Sally for this winner of a recipe


Kimberlee @ Brown Button said...

delicious miss kate! x

Kate said...

It is SO delicious, Kimberlee! I made it again today - and am pleased to say it tasted just as good with the correct measurements (I borrowed Mum's scales this time!). Hope we have time for a cuppa and cake before you jet off xo

PS. My blogger's playing up - I can only comment as anonymous!

Kate said...

Oh, it worked - kind of! I can't comment as admin, it's so annoying!

annie said...

This look so good! Love lemon...I'm just going to need to convert measurements.

p.s. My daughter wears her Kile James Patrick bracelet everyday with a combination of my Tiffany heart bracelet and some friendship bracelets from Madewell. I think of your blog every time I see it!