Recipe 28: Lemon Drizzle Traybake

Hello everyone, I’m back with Mary’s recipe for a lovely lemon drizzle traybake. It went down very well in my house, most of it was gone by the next day! The end result was a light, fluffy, moist and zesty cake in another form than the usual loaf cake. While traybakes aren’t typically exciting or difficult, when they are enjoyed, it shows that simple is sometime’s the best, so don’t underestimate their power! I do think that this is a nice weekday treat with a cuppa, when you need a little ‘pick-me-up’ or light snack.

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Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 225 g softened butter
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 275 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons

For the topping:

  • 175 g granulated sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/Gas mark 3. Grease and line a 12 x 9in traybake/roasting tin with baking parchment.Photo 18-05-2013 15 49 49
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the cake into a large bowl, beating until well combined and smooth.
  3. Turn the mixture out into the tin, smoothing/level the top with a knife or palette knife.
  4. Photo 18-05-2013 15 55 40Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the bake has shrunk away from the sides of tin, and springs back when pressed.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out. Peel off the parchment from the bottom and place onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Photo 18-05-2013 16 39 08
  6. Mix the granulated sugar with the lemon juice, giving a runny and thick consistency. Spoon overly the cake while it is still a little warm.
  7. Cut into squares when cold and enjoy! Photo 18-05-2013 16 51 14
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