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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Squidgy Lemon Cake

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I was sitting here this morning thinking about cake before I had even had my breakfast.  I do so love cake.  I've not baked one in ages really.  I don't think Ginger Loaf counts as cake do you?   That's a loaf, as tasty as that loaf may be . . .not a cake.

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And sometimes a girl just wants cake.  But not just any cake will do.  You couldn't buy a cake from the shops and have it suit.   They always disappoint.  It must be homemade . . . but what to make, what to bake . . .

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The Toddster is not fond of the flavour lemons.  I love them though, and I would much rather have lemon than chocolate, as much as I do so love chocolate!  If I had to choose . . . and it would be a very difficult choice indeed, I do think lemon would win out, but just by a small smidgen.   

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I love this lemon cake.  It is moist and buttery and stogged full of lemon flavour.  That is probably because you dollop big drops of lemon curd all over the top of it and then swirl them in with a skewer.   Just look at that . . .   

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Does it not look positively scrumptious and it's not even baked yet!    

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But look at it when it is.   All of that lovely lemon curd sinks down into the cake, creating moist pockets of deeply flavoured lemon crumb that positively make your cheeks ache with lemon joy!

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A final glaze of a tart lemon icing is it's crowning glory.  Oh boy, I am enjoying this cake, and I am happy to say that Todd has enjoyed himself a nice fat slice too.   Methinks he may be fibbing just a tiny bit when he says he doesn't like lemons . . . but who am I to point fingers.

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Besides my fingers taste like lemon . . . I'm not pointing them at anyone.  I'm licking them.  ☺  *hiccup* . . . I am such a glutton.  But you love me anyways, I know you do . . . and glad of it I am.

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*Squidgy Lemon Cake*
Makes one 8 inch cake 
Moist and buttery cake flavoured with lemon and orange with a lemon curd swirl throughout and a tangy lemon glaze. 

175g golden caster sugar (scant 1 cup)
175g unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
3 medium free range eggs
2 TBS orange juice
175g self raising flour (1 1/3 cup)
the finely grated zest of two oranges
(wash them well first)
5 TBS good quality lemon curd
125g of sifted icing sugar (1 cup)
the finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 170*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.   Butter and line a deep 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.   Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.   Whisk the eggs together and beat in a bit at a time.  Beat in the orange juice along with 1 TBS of the flour.  Sift the remaining flour a few times and then fold it in with a metal spoon.   Spread into the prepared pan.   Whisk the lemon curd together with the orange zest.  Dollop over top of the cake randomly.  Using a fine skewer, swirl the lemon curd mixture through the batter.

Bake in the heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Allow to cool for five minutes in the tin before removing. 
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.  Whisk in the lemon zest and juice, stirring well to mix.  Spoon over the cold cake.  Allow to set and then cut into wedges to serve.


  1. Marie, this is my kind of cake! I love lemons too and I would definitely have made this today had I not used my last lemon yesterday to make a lemon drizzle cake for my grandson Joe's birthday party today, it's his favourite but I'm sure this cake would be a NEW favourite of his!

  2. ooh I love lemon cake. Thank you for the recipe. I am your latest follower. Have a good weekend I'm off to make your cake.

  3. I hope you enjoy it Sarah! thanks for following!

    Pat, Happy Birthday to Joe! xx

  4. OMG. I made it today and it is so delicious. But i used all purpose flour and 2 tsp baking powder and i incorporated the orange zest in the sugar instead of the curd. Took me 60 not 30-40 minutes to bake. As always, your recipes rock!

  5. Sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed. xx

  6. This sounds lush, I shall pick up a jar of lemon curd on my next shopping trip :)


  7. Heaven is lemon cake, and this one looks celestial! I love the lemon curd swirls, and the lemony icing, and how moist and lemony and delicious it looks... This is one we're going to have to make together when I come visit!!

  8. You made me want to leave work to go home and make a cake!

  9. I hope you do make it at some point Ramona! IT's a great cake!


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