As some of you regular readers will know – I participate in an international blog swap called The Secret Recipe Club every month.
What that means, is that on a specific Monday of a month – I have the opportunity to share (or as we call it “reveal”) a recipe that I have recreated from a fellow blogger in my group. The fun part is that it is a bit like Secret Santa – because you have no idea whose blog had yours until this specific “reveal”… but of course – each blogger gets details of their assigned blog a month in advance… meaning that there is more than sufficient time to review recipes, make a few, taste, photograph & blog about one of them.
This month – I was allocated the “Pale Yellow” blog, a turtle loving science educator who adores baking & blogging in her spare time – because as she so elegantly puts it “this is how I share and show love” – and seriously, you can’t beat someone who loves baking & sharing like she does!
I had 3 recipes that really appealed to me – Strawberry cupcakes, Vanilla Sprinkle cookies/biscuits and the Lemon Loaf Cake… finally deciding upon the latter as I had already indulged in 2kg of strawberries over the previous week!
The Lemon drizzle cake (as I like to call it) reminds me of Mary Berry’s recipe… which means that it will be a sure winner.. right?!?
And it was! Super easy to make and super easy to consume… the only thing that irk-ed me, was the time involved in making a syrup between the cake being baked, waiting for it to cool and then adding the icing – clearly, I am not very good in “waiting”… Would I deviate from this in future? Probably not…as the syrup keeps the cake moist and tasty for days afterwards (if it actually lasts that long!) – so although somewhat time consuming, it was worth it!
Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake
1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
lemon zest from 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup +vegetable oil
1/3 lemon juice, freshly juiced (~4 lemons)
- Mix together yoghurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla, oil and lemon juice
- Sift in flour, baking powder & salt – and fold in until just combined
- Place into a greased loaf pan
- Bake for 5omin at 180C
- While the loaf cools, melt 1/3 cup sugar & 1/3 cup lemon juice in a saucepan to make a simple syrup
- Pour over the cake while it is still slightly warm
- And then allow to cool completely before adding the icing (lemon juice/water mixed with icing sugar)