Cakes. So rather than feel bad about it, I thought I’d use the lemons to make a yummy Lemon & Poppyseed Syrup Cake for a lovely friend of mine (we did a trade and I ended up with her beautiful brownies in return… gotta love a food trade
My latest creation is a lemon yoghurt cake. Not a “lemon yoga cake” as my friend Chris thought I [. It’s a small mercy we’re living at the top of an almost vertical hill or I might have turned into the size of a house by now
I made the icing a few days in advance, you can buy lemon curd for the filling instead of making it from scratch (although home made lemon curd is amazing and you could of course, make this in advance also) and even bake the cakesbeforehand, storing them tightly wrapped in the fridge for a day or two
For Karen, I chose a couple of different components from Fiona Cairns' The Birthday Cake Book and an unrelated frosting recipe to serve up a Lemon, Lavender and Blackberry Cake, piped with "Good Luck Karen"
Rub the lemon zest into the sugar with your finger tips in a stand mixer bowl. This cake disappeared pretty quickly at work, even at a tme when everyone was saturated with Christmas goodies, so I think that is a good sign
I love icing and decorating cakes. I love cakes. The thought of a tangy, sweet and fluffy lemon teacake should be enough to make anyone drool… but add to this the excitement of getting home from holidays to find that our lemon tree was literally bursting withlemons, and well, it was lemon teacake inspiration overload
I added some extra Cadbury Bournville cocoa and vanilla extract to try and minimise the ‘packet mix’ taste that some of you may be familiar with, but at the end of the day the Snicker’s and Mars’ cupcakes have all the other elements to distract your friends from the packet mix