Thursday, April 22, 2010

LEMON-SYRUP TEA CAKE


If you are going to make any lemon cake, make this one! After countless lemon tea cakes, pound cakes, loafs etc, nothing beats this. One bite and you'll be daydreaming of the English countryside, sipping tea on a warm summer's day.It's the perfect afternoon cake; light, refreshing and vibrant with its sweet, lemony favor which is truly awoken by the syrup oozing through. It just melts in your mouth.

If you don't have self-rising cake flour like me, then substitute it for 3/4 cup + 2 1/3 tbsp all-purpose flour, 2 and 1/3 tbsp corn starch, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt.

It's going to be hard not to make this every week for the rest of the summer.
Lemon- Syrup Loaf Cake: (Adapted from How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (my addition to the recipe)
  • 2 large eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon self-rising cake flour (substitute recipe above)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons milk
For the syrup:
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons (approx 4 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350F Butter and line the loaf pan with parchment paper.

Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs and lemon zest, beating them in well.

Sift in the flour and salt, folding in gently but well. Then add the milk and combine well.

Spoon the cake batter into the lined loaf pan and back at 350F for 45 minutes or until golden.

While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup. Add the lemon juice and confectioners sugar to a small saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside.

As as the cake is out of the oven, puncture all over the top of the cake with a tooth pick. Pour the lemon syrup all over the entire loaf.

Allow the cake to cool completely before taking it out of the loaf pan to avoid crumbling.


The cake is so moist, perfectly crumbly, light and beautifully lemony.


Serve with your favorite tea on a sunny afternoon :)


21 comments:

  1. Love Lemon drizzle cake. It looks fab Priya, very moist & perfect. Lemony desserts are actually a personal favorite.

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  2. Not only does the lemon drizzle cake look great the lemon tea looks so refreshing.

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  3. I have that book but haven't made that cake. Funnily though I was once scourging my books for a lemon drizzle recipe and overlooked this one as it didn't say "drizzle"! I love sticky lemon cakes (I love any sticky cake come to think of it) and must make this some time.

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  4. You'll love it, it's much better than a lemon drizzle cake. It's like a steamed sticky sponge, with the "lemon drizzle" flavor inside rather than on top.

    Thanks for looking :)

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  5. Great photos! This looks wonderful!

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  6. Looks delicious, I love a good lemon drizzle cake. There's always room for desert you know :D
    *kisses* HH

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  7. I wish I could have a slice of it right now with my cuppa :)

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  8. Lovely. Nigella's recipes are great.
    I fiddled with an unusual lemon cake on my last posting...another British cook, Sophie Dahl.

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  9. I haven't tried this recipe from Nigella's 'Domestic Goddess', but I sure must get on with it! It looks sensational! The kind of tea cake I dream about.

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  10. This cake, some delicious herbal tea, citrusy orange or lemon perhaps, a great book and time alone...hmmmm, heaven!

    jessyburke88@gmail.com

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  11. Your description of this cake just made me swoon! i can't wait to try it. Syrup, yum! I love tea and cake and this one looks perfect!

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  12. Your lemon cake looks awesome, very inviting and delish! And that syrup must have a magic power :) wow - I want a piece of your cake now!

    Frankly, this is really a perfect cake for summer afternoons. cheers!

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  13. Your cake looks awesome, inviting and delish. Just perfect for summer afternoon tea party :)
    I have a feeling it's the syrup that creates the wow factor :) cheers!

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  14. I love lemon desserts - this cake looks so moist and delicious.

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  15. I am with you 100%. This cake is the best especially with a cup of Earl Grey!

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  16. Ooohh this looks so moist and perfect for breakfast!

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  17. Oooh waw!! This apart & unique syrup cake looks quite fabulous!!


    MMMMMMMM,....lovely presented too!

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  18. This sounds so elegant and delish! I wish I had a garden to sip tea and enjoy this cake in. =)

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  19. Mmm...makes me want to take a bite! Lovely blog I have bookmarked it to return for inspiration. Thank you :)

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  20. This really does look delicious! I thought it looked familiar and then I realised where I recognise it from; Nigella does yet ANOTHER cake like this in 'Kitchen.' It's more italian, as it has polenta in it, which gives it a really fantastic crumbly texture. High recommend it!

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