Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
8
Photographer
Alan Benson

I like to use oil in most cake recipes to replace some or all of the butter or lard, especially when I’m baking at home, as I find the cake will keep for longer. (Although with three young boys around, trying to get the cake to ‘keep’ isn’t really an issue.) The oil also ensures a lovely moist texture to the crumb of the cake.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 eggs
90ml vegetable oil
230g caster sugar
130ml thickened cream
2 lemons, zested and juiced
230g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Lemon icing

Quantity Ingredient
150g icing sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease and line a 20 x 28 cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, either using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, beat all the ingredients, except the flour and baking powder, until well combined and slightly pale. Fold through the sifted flour and baking powder.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 45 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed gently on top. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.
  4. For the lemon icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add two-thirds of the juice, mixing to form a paste. Add as much more juice as you need to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake and serve.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Lemons are notably high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and helps produce collagen, a connective tissue that knits together wounds and supports blood vessel walls. Lemon’s flu- and cold-fighting abilities are well documented. They also contain good levels of vitamin A, essential for healthy eyesight, and B complex vitamins for the conversion of food into energy. They’re also a good source of potassium to help balance body fluids, maintain a steady heartbeat and lower blood pressure
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