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03/04/2009


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baking days ...

We can manage without cakes, but without cakes we cannot manage!

Today I did a spot of baking. Usually being short of time, most of the cakes I make are based on a plain sponge mix, a tried and tested method, making necessary adjustments for the flavouring, coffee essence, lemon zest, cocoa powder etc.



These Spring flower cakes use a plain sponge mix, baked in muffin cases and topped with yellow buttercream icing. So quick and easy to make for Easter.



This lovely moist lemon cake once baked, is pricked with a fork and infused with a mix of lemon juice and icing sugar. This recipe was given to me by a friend, along with a suggestion to fill it with lemon curd if desired!



Recipes

Spring flower cakes -bake in 160oC pre-heated oven until golden and springy to the touch - makes 12!

sponge
6oz caster sugar
6oz soft margarine
3 eggs
6oz self raising flour
a few drops of vanilla essence

topping
3oz soft margarine
7oz icing sugar
a few drops yellow food colouring (optional)
a few drops of water for consistency

muffin cases
sugar flowers

Lemon cake - bake in 160oC oven from cold until golden and springy to the touch - makes lots of slices!

sponge
6oz self raising flour
6oz caster sugar
4oz soft margarine
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons milk
grated rind of one lemon

topping
juice of one lemon
3 tablespoons icing sugar

I baked these cakes at the same time, together in the oven.


10 comments:

skippinginthemeadow said...

Hello Louise
Many thanks for your lovely comments and many, many, many thanks for shring these delicious recipes with us. Your photographs are all so lovely today, the spring cupcakes look beauuuutiful!
I am going to try and bake some but I doubt they'll look as pretty as yours, cant wait to try the lemon cake too, I love lemon cake.
I think the pink flower on my blog is probably a Japonica, but it is very similar to a quince blossom.
Lots of love to you and a happy spring xx
Sumea

funkymonkey said...

I love lemon cake, partly because it's so easy to bake. I really must have a go at the litle cupcakes they look so pretty. I'm sure I won't be able to get them looking so professional but if they taste good I'll be happy.

Tracey

Jane said...

Louise, your cakes look delicious. i love fairy cakes and now i have mastered a dairy-free version for Em they are a firm favourite. i'll have to try the same with the lemon drizzle cake. Jane x

Simone said...

Lovely, lovely springy cakes!

LizzieJane said...

Wonderful cakes and thank you for the recipes.

OhSoVintage said...

Delish!! Great photos of great cakes. I also make this lemon cake though I've never tried it with lemon curd. I adore raw cake mixture so I never end up with as many cakes as the recipe suggests as I eat too much beforehand.
Ruth x

Rosie said...

Your cakes look so delicious, thankyou for sharing your recipes with us - I love baking so I'm going to try these:)

Veronica said...

I love lemon flavoured cakes - so thank you very much for the recipes and for the inspirational photos too. So much for thinking about a diet!!! Warm wishes to you, Vxx

silverpebble said...

Oh a friend gave that lemon cake recipe to me and it's fab isn't it? I like to make it super lemony.

Many thanks for the other recipe too - lovely pic of your delicious-looking picturebook cakes!

Emma
x

Gina said...

So much yumminess here today..I can't wait to try these out..the lemon cake will be a lovely change from all the chocolate around here! "D
Wishing you a very Happy Easter Louise Gxox