First of all, Happy 2016 to all my followers. Sorry it took a while for me to update this blog.
I have been busy at work and helping my husband with our project at home.
The very first cake I’ve done in 2016 is Lemon Drizzle Tray Bake. Don’t you just love the tangy and sweetness of this cake, the taste is out of this world.
- 225g (8 oz) butter , softened
- 225g (8 oz) caster sugar
- 275g (10 oz) self-raising flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 eggs (medium)
- 4 tablespoons milk
- finely grated rind of 2 lemons
- juice of 2 lemons
- 175g (6 oz) granulated sugar
You can use a tray or a 2 x 8″ round tin, watch the cooking time. If you are going to split the batter into 2 round tins, the cake will cook in 20-25 mins. Just keep an eye on it, you will know when it’s done. The cake will start to go brown then test the sponge using a cake tester.
- Grease the 9″ X 9″ tin and then line with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners of the tin. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3.
- Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well blended. You can use an Electric mixer or wooden spoon, make sure that the butter is really soft. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula to remove all of the mixture. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.
- Bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the traybake springs back when pressed lightly with a finger in the centre.
- Allow the traybake to cool in the tin for a few minutes then lift the cake out. Carefully remove the paper and put the traybake onto a wire rack placed over a tray (to catch drips of the topping).
- To make the crunchy topping, mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to give a runny consistency, you add more lemon juice if you prefer a more tangy taste. Prick the sponge using a fork to make some small holes for the liquid to be absorbed. Spoon this mixture evenly over the traybake whilst it is still just warm. Cut into about squares when cold and Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Thanks for reading.