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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients:

The cake:

  • 250g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons

The filling:

  • 200g butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

The drizzle:

  • 70g granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Recipe:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • Start by creaming together the butter and caster sugar.
  • When that’s done, mix in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add in the flour and the milk whilst continuing to mix.
  • Once you’ve got your standard white cake mix, add in the zest of two lemons to give it the lemon flavouring.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into two greased 10” cake tins.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the cake passes the knife test.
  • Whilst that’s cooking, you can be making the filling. Work the butter until it’s soft and then sieve in the icing sugar.
  • Once you’ve got a stiff buttercream, add in the juice of 1 lemon and mix well.
  • For the drizzle, add the juice of 1 lemon to 70g of granulated sugar.
  • When the cake is done and has cooled, spread the buttercream over one layer and place the other layer on top.
  • Pour the drizzle icing over the top, allowing it to settle and hold.

(See my carnation cupcakes recipe for the inspiration)

 

Sadly there are no photos of this one. I was in a rush to get this one finished and get back into the office, and by rush I mean I had 25 minutes between the cake layers coming out of the oven and when I ought to have been back in the office for the daily meeting. I was 10 minutes late in the end, but I arrived with a finished, albeit slightly structural unsound, lemon drizzle cake.

When I say that it was structurally unsound, all I mean is that the top layer had started to crumble and break into pieces. The cake hadn’t fully cooled either and it was a hot day anyway, so the top layer had slipped a little in transit too. Luckily it still tasted the same.

I made this at the same time as I made the gin drizzle cake, so I was pushed for time to get both done in the space of about 2 and a half hours. This cake was made as the non-alcoholic alternative for those that weren’t too fond of gin.

Both cakes went down very well and were very much appreciated by the office team. They’d evidently had a quieter moment earlier in the day when I was in the kitchen baking, because just after I’d handed out various slices to people and they’d had a few bites, someone started playing Food Glorious Food over the speakers and suddenly all those around the desk held up their scorecards. It was a lovely gesture, and I was thrilled to see several 10s amongst the scores! I did get an 8.5 from someone who’d decided it would be better for her to be harsher now than for me and my baking to be publicly denounced further down the line. The reason given for the lower score was the presentation, which I couldn’t disagree with. Thankfully the taste was great!

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Gin Drizzle Cake


Gin drizzle cake

Ingredients:

The cake:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 4 shots of gin

The drizzle:

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 6 shots of gin
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Dash of tonic water (optional)

Recipe:

The recipe for this is essentially rather simple. As follows: make cake mix. Add gin. Bake. Mix sugar and gin to make drizzle. Pour over baked cake. Eat.

Ok, but in all seriousness:

  • Have your butter at room temperature as usual to make things easier.
  • Preheat your oven to 180ºC.
  • Start by creaming the butter and caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Once done, crack in the eggs one at a time and beat until they’re combined in a smooth mixture.
  • Add in the flour whilst continuing to mix.
  • Grate in the zest of 1 lemon, saving the rest for the juice later. If you like a stronger citrus taste to your G&Ts, add in the zest of a second lemon.
  • Whilst stirring slowly but consistently, add in the juice of 1 lemon and 4 shots of gin, which should give you a more runny cake mix texture. The drizzle will really add the gin kick, so don’t worry about adding more gin to the cake mix itself.
  • Pour the mix into a lined 1kg loaf tin and bake for about 45 minutes. Do check the cake with the knife test before you take it out of the oven, as the top may look done whilst the insides are still nowhere near. If the top does end up being rather overdone at the cost of the inside of the cake, you can carefully cut away some of the top, which is the preferable option to having half-baked cake.
  • Let the cake cool while you make the drizzle. Combine the granulated sugar, juice of 1 lemon, and the remaining 6 shots of gin in a bowl, adding a hint of tonic if you want to be truly honest in saying that it’s a gin and tonic cake. To be fair, once someone’s had a slice of this, they’re not going to mind whether there’s tonic in it or not!
  • Once you’ve got your drizzle, prick the surface of the cake with a fork to let the drizzle sink in and pour it all over the top. It’ll set fairly quickly, but don’t worry about appearances, as the drizzle also makes a good spread for the extra gin kick when you’re taking a slice!

A brief warning with this recipe: the main difficulty with this is the liquid content. When I first made this, I did a gluten-free version, so the mix was thicker than usual before I added the gin. If you’re worried about the consistency, add an extra sprinkle of flour or leave it in the over for a little longer to make sure that the cake is properly cooked. You could also reduce the amount of gin in the cake mix, but who wants to take out the gin?!

(Recipe adapted from: http://www.puddinglaneblog.co.uk/2014/06/gin-and-tonic-cake.html)

The inside of this one didn't cook as much due to the loaf tin, which made for a more moist (but thankfully still cooked) inside!

The inside of this one didn’t cook as much due to the loaf tin, which made for a more moist (but thankfully still cooked) inside!

Gin drizzle cake #2

Last year, I volunteered at my local arts festival, the Lichfield Festival, for the 10 days it was on, plus a couple of days beforehand to help get things ready. Thanks to my position as Assistant Concert Manager and the long regular hours that came with the role, I quickly became ingratiated to the office team and the other volunteers putting in longer hours. At the time, the office was just across from the cathedral, the venue I was based in, so popping between the two was rather easy, and once the festival started, I learnt of a wonderful little tradition they had: G&Ts on the lawn whilst evensong was taking place.

Fast forward a year, and this summer I was back again, volunteering in the same position as before. This year, the office has moved to the centre of town and there’s a slightly longer walk between there and the cathedral. The added distance combined with the reduced fridge and kitchen facilities, meant that the G&T tradition was at risking of falling by the wayside.

The ladies in the office, one of whom I knew from the year before, had put in a request for the office to be supplied with cake during the very stressful time of the festival, and I willingly obliged. One of the team was coeliac as well, which meant that everything I made had to be gluten-free. As luck would have it, I managed to find some gluten-free self-raising flour in my local supermarket, and my dad sent me the recipe for this gin cake just as the festival started.

Needless to say, the cake proved an excellent alternative to the regular G&Ts, providing both nourishment and gin. It went down rather well, and word certainly got around before I’d even made the thing! The cake made such an impact that it featured in the Festival Director’s leaving speech at the end of the Festival and knowledge of its existence was made public to several hundred audience members at the final concert.

Be warned: this cake packs a punch. While it certainly went down well with everyone who tried it, there were several shocked faces when they got the first kick of the gin!

Gin drizzle cake #2

They also work well as cupcakes!

They also work well as cupcakes!