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Monday 16 July 2012

Lemon Drizzle Cake

So what do you think of my magazine cover?
Oh well...we all can dream, but then it's a reality for some lucky people.
Take for instance last night I watched the Australian Masterchef programme and the contestant who won the best dish of the day gets to have their dish photographed for the front cover of a future copy of the Masterchef magazine.
How cool is that?
I won't mention who won last night, just in case anyone hasn't managed to watch it yet...but plans to later....
.....So today I thought I'd have my own little competition and photograph my own magazine cover....and guess what...surprise, surprise I won!
....you can do that sort of thing when you have your own blog ;D
I thought because it's still winter here (with a very nippy wind today ~ I might add) it would be good to make something with a splash of sunshine colour.

I chose a Lemon Drizzle Cake because not only does it look and taste good, (well wickedly yummy actually) lemons are in season here at the moment. There are masses everywhere you look.... I've never seen so many gardens with lemon trees and even our very own little tree has about a dozen little darlings all ready for the picking.
They're adding they're own splash of bright yellow to the garden.

Lemon Drizzle Cake ~ serves 10 (oh my...my boys are going to be happy) 

150g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
3 eggs
2 cups (240g) ground almonds (almond meal)
¾ cup (110g) self-raising flour
½ cup (110g) caster sugar ~ extra
cup (80ml) lemon juice

Lemon glaze1 cup (160g) icing sugar
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, approximately

Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced)
Grease a deep 20cm square cake pan/tin, line with baking paper.
Beat the softened butter, vanilla extract, lemon rind and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 
Beat the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. 
Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
Stir in the ground almonds and sifted flour.
Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan/tin,
Smooth the top.
Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Meanwhile, combine the extra sugar and juice in a small saucepan,
Stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from the heat.
Prick the surface of the cake all over with a skewer.
Pour the hot syrup over the hot cake.
Allow the cake to cool in the pan.

Lemon Glaze
Combine sifted icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.
Transfer the cake to a serving plate.
Spoon over the lemon glaze.

Suitable to freeze without the lemon glaze (thank goodness as this recipe serves 10!!!)
Syrup suitable to microwave.

I was inspired to bake this cake when flicking through the Australian Woman's weekly magazine ~ I just love that magazine and even before I lived here in Melbourne, I used to buy their recipe books.
I hope my little ray of sunshine brightens your day and don't forget calories don't count on a Tuesday!

  Have a happy Monday everyone...let the week commence!
Smile :D


  1. Yummy! Cor blimey if I lived nearby I'd pop round for a coffee and a slice of that there cake, mmm pity I'm half way round the world! Oh well, I'll compensate when I go to the local farm shop for lunch later. Take care Zo xx

    1. I'd love you to pop in for a coffee and a slice of cake Zo...that'd be great! ;D
      12,000 miles isn't that far really...not for a slice of this cake according to my hubby!
      It really is an easy cake to bake...which makes it a winner in my book.
      The farm shop sounds great. I love to visit local farm shops when we're home.
      Enjoy your lunch and next time you pop over I'll make sure the kettles on. ;D

  2. This looks so yummy... I'm drooling over my keyboard! Will give this a try.. thanks for sharing.. I have the same T Towel as you.. minus the lemons!! Have a great Day... Hugs May x x x

    1. I have to confess that I've had three (smallish) pieces of this cake already and I can normally resist my baking.
      It definitely has drool appeal May...hehe ;D
      Fancy us having the same taste in tea towels too!
      Let the week commence and have fun :D

  3. Oh Neesie, what a marvellous post!! Anyone who can make such delicious lemon drizzle cake as that, and from their Own Lemons no less, has GOT to win first prize in my book!!!!! I'm afraid you've got my mouth watering. Lemon drizzle cake is my absolute favourite, and I love all cake! Brilliant photos all round, too. Just juicy delicious. (At this rate Shoshi will never get her waistline back...)

    Thank you for your really lovely comment on my blog about my Fiddler card. They were such a special couple, and he is going to be sadly missed by so many people, as evidenced by the huge turnout at his funeral. I am quite glad it's taken me this long to get the card done, because I always think the period after the funeral is the hardest for the ones left behind, when the cards and letters and visits drop off, and everyone expects you to be getting over it, and I wrote inside that she is not forgotten, and that she is in our thoughts and prayers. Anything to do with Fiddler on the Roof is indelibly linked in my mind with her hubby for all time! Unforgettable... I wish you could have seen him singing "If I were a rich man" - every bit as good as Topol in the film - better actually because we knew and loved him!!


    1. Getting a waistline back...hmm...now there's a concept I'd forgotten about ;D
      I normally just like to bake but don't have a problem with resisting the cake at the end...strange I know but there you go...but I have to admit I've had three (YES THREE) pieces of this one already.
      As you say to be able to make it from our own lemons makes it all the more special. My hubby commented last night that this was the best cake I've made! Let me tell you I've made quite a few so that was a huge tick in this one's favour, but then he adores anything lemony.
      Thanks for popping over to my place and I'll cut you a 'sliver' of cake to have with a cuppa next time...thinking of our waistlines of course!
      Have a great week :D

  4. Hi Neesie, I do wish you would stop being such a temptress with your fabulous recipes...............on second thoughts, don't stop because I love them. Got to try this one, the sausages went down a treat! Crafty hugs, Anne x

    1. Temptress...ohhh...I like that Anne ;D
      Hey if I'm going to lose my waistline you all have to come with me!
      I'm thrilled to hear you tried the sausages...now you can adapt the recipe to whatever you want. It's very amenable.
      Have a great week and hopefully the sun will shine :D

  5. If I got my own magazine cover, I'd go with lemons too!

    1. Yeah...I'm becoming quite attached to lemons especially having my own tree for the first time.
      Thanks for popping by ~ Have a good week :D

  6. Loved your post, Neesie ... it did, indeed, bring a breath of summer this way. Lemon trees always take me back to Italy and Amalfi ... everywhere you turned there was lemon trees laden with fruit and right now I could do with a few to help ease the cold I've got :)

    Your magazine cover is gorgeous ... it epitomises beautiful living!

    I think the EM would love the sausage recipe too - it's his kind of comfort food ... rather like lemon drizzle cake would be mine if it didn't have so much sugar in it :))

    Elizabeth xx

    1. I'm so happy I brought a little summer your way Elizabeth. I heard a ridiculous piece of news yesterday that said that somewhere in the UK (not sure where now) had only had 1½ hours of sunlight in the whole month (A WHOLE MONTH!!!)
      I think you should make the lemon dizzle cake for medicinal purposes. I'm sure it would have your cold feel so much better ;D
      I wish you a speedy recovery with lots of sunshine to warm you.
      Thanks for popping over and leaving such lovely comments. I enjoyed your visit and next time I'll have a cuppa waiting!

  7. Morning Ros...whoops it's just tipped into afternoon. ;D
    Beautifully sunny here but that stiff breeze is still whipping about. Great to get the washing dry though...how about down at your end?
    Glad you liked the post and I'll definitely be gettin a Meyer. The one we have is a Eureka ~ so thanks for that tip.
    Hmm...thinking about it though if we have lemons all the year round my hubby will definitely be 'ALL ROUND'too...he'll want lemon tarts and drizzle cakes constantly.
    Have a great day and maybe see you at WOYWW if I can get to do anything! ;D

  8. count this one as PRINTED .... done!

    there is nothing better than lemon :)

    1. LOL ~ I'm guessing that you like the sound of this one then Kimmie? ;D

  9. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! Your photos are superb, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Yum!


    1. Hi Susan,
      I love the baking, photographing and of course the eating!
      I'm happy to hear you like what you see here.
      It's great that you popped by ;D
      Have a good week ~ enjoy!


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