Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Lemon and Marmalade Cake



as the final part of my recent stay Jenny and George's I decided to bake a cake...

... sitting in their solarium with the Spring sunshine beating down on our tired faces I was inspired by the large bowl of organic lemons that sat on the dining table and I thought that a light lemon sponge would most definitely be the order of the day...

... the last cake I baked in Jenny's kitchen turned out to be a winner so I had high hopes for this one... and I wasn't disappointed... also, the great thing about Jenny and George is that they both love cake and whilst Jenny is a most excellent cook, she is not a baker ( I won't embarrass her here by telling you about her, now infamous Key Lime Pie... let's just say we've all since referred to it as her fairy liquid doorstop pie... and leave it at that!)... but this means that baking a cake in her kitchen can be a little hit and miss on what's available in regards to ingredients, although I have made her stock up since the last cake...

... I found some home-made marmalade in her pantry so I included that in the cake too... lemons and oranges... classic!


Lemon and Marmalade Cake with a lemon yoghurt drizzle


9oz self raising flour
3oz ground almonds
8oz margarine
8oz sugar
4 eggs
2 tablespoons hot water
2 dessert spoons (4oz) marmalade
the juice and zest of one lemon

- this is actually such an easy cake to make as you quite simply bung all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and electric whisk together until light and fluffy... believe me I have tried to make it the more traditional way by creaming the butter and sugar etc but the outcome is exactly the same!

- pour into a loaf tin and bake on 170 for 45 minutes ... take a look after 40 minutes as it can go from golden to burnt very quickly

Lemon Yoghurt Drizzle

the juice and zest of one lemon
enough icing sugar to make a thick sherbet paste
3 tablespoons of plain yoghurt

- simply combine until you've reached the desired consistency... you can add more or use less of either sugar or yoghurt depending on taste

you can see that my cake sunk a little but I think it's because I took it from the oven to a cooler room very quickly... tasted amazing though!

now don't forget you have until the end of the coming weekend to submit your random recipe entries... come on now, you picked the books... time to be brave and pick a recipe and get cooking!

eat and of course, enjoy!

28 comments:

  1. Oh, I do love a bit o' marmalade (and a lot of cake!) This one's on the list for the weekend, thanks!

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  2. The cake looks fantastic. So weird. I also just baked a lemon cake. It's cooling on the rack now. Will be posting it later or in the morning. Great minds think alike?! :)

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  3. Beautiful - love a lemon drizzle x

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  4. Your cake looks really scrummy. But now I REALLY want to hear about Jenny's key lime pie lol.

    Your blog looks lovely btw. I'll be back!

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  5. Ciao Dom!!! Beautiful cake and lemon is so yummy . . .sping time is finally here!!!! LOL Manu&Beatrice

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  6. Dom, a very tasty... classic ;)
    The texture of the cake is great!

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  7. I love any kind of lemon dessert. Ina Garten makes a great lemon yogurt cake similar to yours. And this one you made of course looks delicious.

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  8. mmm can I have a slice please?????? It looks delicious!!!

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  10. This looks like my kind of lemony. Moist and dense. Yum.

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  11. I love lemon anything! Your cake looks delicious!

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  12. oooh .... i love marmalade cakes... these look delicious :)

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  13. I've never put marmalade in a cake but love the idea. This looks gorgeous!

    I really want to do a random recipe this month, I better pull my socks up and get on with it!

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  14. I really like marmelade in cakes, but have never made a yoghurt drizzle before, will definitely have to give it a test! :)

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  15. Fits in with summer coming up, I would eat it with cream (unless I was feeling guilting in which case I would eat it with yoghurt :P). Looks yummy!

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  16. wow, thanks all for the lovely comments... it's always nice to get great feedback for my cooking, which I enjoy so much. This cake was especially nice and the marmalade is hardly noticeable in the cake, which is why I tend to go for a shredded one, which is lovely in the texture of the cake.

    Looking forward to getting back to the cottage this weekend and have some exciting plans for things to cook, so watch this space!

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  17. This is my kind of cake! I have to stop reading these posts at lunchtime though!

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  19. I never tried marmalade in the cakes,im so excited,what a good idea!Also thank you Dom for your lovely comments!Jaana

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  20. This cake looks and sounds gorgeous, I love marmalade and this is just the sort of cake I love eating...usually for breakfast. x

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  21. This cake looks scrummy and perfect with a cuppa no doubt ... just popping to the kitchen ...

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  22. I Dom....I just wanted to tell you that I've just created a blog with some of my italian recipes in English....I've got so many to download but it takes so much time to translate them... Please come to visit me at http://breadandbutteren.blogspot.com !!!!
    Nicoletta

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  23. Marmalade-inna-cake? That's my kind of cake. And this, like so many other things, is going on the list!

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  24. I just came across your blog, and YUM! I'm glad I did!

    Consumed: My Culinary Adventure

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  25. The cake looks wonderful! I adore anything lemon.
    Thanks for stopping by my site today to check out Michael's guest post. I'm glad you did, can't wait to browse around your site!

    http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com

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  26. Glad to hear you say that creaming the ingredients is no better than bunging everything together. After years of trying various methods, I'm only partially convinced that creaming is the key. Your cake looks lovely and know I'm craving lemons. Was, co-incidentally, thinking of making my mother a marmalade cake for Mother's day - never used it in baking before.

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  27. ooh Choclette, you must try the marmalade, it works a treat, its very subtle too, so don't worry if you're not a fan of marmalade!

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