Saturday, March 07, 2009

Lemon Drizzle Cake!

I have lemons coming out the wazoo and there is only so much lemonade and lemon bars etc that a person can have.

So I went into my recipes and got out this one, which is actually from Tana Ramsay, Chef Gordon Ramsay's wife. I've been wanting to try it forever, but hadn't yet because I honestly did not have the patience to convert all the measurements to US metric. But I did, and am SO glad I did because one bite of this amazing cake and you will NEVER make another one.


EDIT: Some of you asked what Caster Sugar is....here in the States, caster sugar is powdered sugar....sorry I should have stated that when I first posted the recipe, but thank you for asking me about it. I've added that little note in :)


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LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

1 cup unsalted butter , softened
2 1/4 cups caster sugar (Powdered sugar)
4 eggs
finely grated zest 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

For the drizzle:
juice 11⁄2 lemon
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons caster sugar (Powdered sugar)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy,

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then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.

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Sift in the flour,

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then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined.

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Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper (I used wax paper), then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.


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Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the lemon juice and sugar to make the drizzle.

Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle - the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.

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Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.


I like to sprinkle powdered sugar on mine!

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14 comments:

  1. I love lemon desserts and will definitely make this very soon. Thanks for sharing it. :D

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  2. This sounds yummy, but what is caster sugar?

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  3. This cake does look delish, I too have never heard of caster sugar. Is that different then just regular sugar

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  4. That looks so delish and so easy! I'm going to make it!

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  5. Though I am not fond of cakes, this one looks delicious and easy to make. I am going to try out.. and here my kids say yummie!!

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  6. Hey those Lemon drizzle cake look yummi,I love eating breakfast and always try new fast food recipes. I would love to try the Lemon drizzle cake for breakfast. that looks tasty. Lemon drizzle cake is also a snacks food option and can make a satisfying breakfast. The Photos are amazing... I am already feeling hungry.thank you for shearing your post.


    Thanks

    Max mickle
    my site

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  7. hi could you please let me know what the measures are in grams?
    cos that looks yummy...
    thank you

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  8. this looks delicious! i am going to try this soon. Great blog! I am a brit living in US and I do have to say that caster sugar's US equivalent is Superfine sugar, quite hard to find in your local stores but not impossible. You can make it yourself quite easily by pouring granulated sugar into a food processor and blending for 20 seconds. This grinds it up. Powdered/confectionary sugar is extra extra fine sugar that has also been mixed with cornstarch, so not quite the same. Sounds like this did not affect your dish though anyway!

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  9. Oh and just something you might not be aware of also, the standard size for british eggs in recipes is medium, whereas the American is large. So this recipe, being english, would be calling for medium eggs.

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  10. Just the cake I was looking for, but trying to figure out what size loaf pan you used?? Or, can I use a 9 inch spring form pan, maybe yes? Please advise in U.S. measurements. Thanks R.

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  11. Minou
    Looks amazing, I will try it using my new silicone moulds that I bought for the kids on www.mumetmoi.com my

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  12. This recipe looks amazing. I've got a batch in the oven. I'm in the UK and my mum only has a 1/4 cup measurements so I've used 1 x 250g pack of butter and caster sugar. Fingers crossed it looks like your when it comes out!

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  13. I have just made this and it's delicious! I didn't have a loaf tin so used a silicone mould which I just greased with butter before use. I also used 3 full lemons and extra powdered sugar for the drizzle so it covered it properly

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