Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Luscious Lemon Cake with a Starry Icing

This was a test run for my Christmas Gifts bakeathon - it's been a while since I've made this cake but it never fails to taste amazing.  It's technically a traditional madeira but I like to bump up the flavour by using some lemon oil in the mix.  This is equally lovely au naturel for a teatime treat, but I decided to gild it by adding a lemon-flavoured soft royal icing and then scattered lots of edible gold stars on top.  This did make it to work & was demolished in record time!  It works very well either as a loaf or a tray bake - just reduce the cooking time to about 35 minutes for the shallower tin.

I'm planning to make little individual lemon cakes for Christmas - small enough to eat without feeling guilty that you've devoured one all by yourself...

Luscious Lemon Cake with a Starry Icing

225g Butter, softened
225g Caster Sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Lemon Oil
Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
225g Self-Raising Flour

Starry Icing
150g Royal Icing
Juice of 1 Lemon
Edible Gold Stars

Heat your oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.  Grease & line your cake tin.  Use baking paper for a shallow tin or loaf liners for a 2lb loaf tin.

Beat the butter & sugar together until pale & creamy, then add the eggs one at a time and the lemon oil.

Now sift in the flour & lemon zest and mix until well combined.

Pour the mixture into your tin & level the top with a spoon.

Bake for 30 mins (traybake) or 45mins (loaf tin) until a skewer comes out clean.  Remove from the oven & allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

When the cake is cool, make the royal icing according to the packet directions (beat well with an electric mixer for 5 minutes) & spread over the cake.  Now scatter lots of gold stars over the top before the icing sets.

1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing! I think I'm going to have to make one for my mum for her birthday in May. I think she would love it.