Although the weather may not be quite that summer-y – that doesn’t mean the baking can’t be. Today I’ll be sharing my recipe for a lemon and poppyseed loaf cake.
This is the perfect cake for the summer months, its light, fluffy and flavourful without being too much or not enough. I personally quite like strong lemon flavour, so to balance this, I have added poppyseeds, which work really well when combined together.
You may think this looks like a boring cake and you may be right but this cake is big on flavour, perfect for snacking on and shocking your friends with a car that actually has some flavour, compared to the cakes you can buy or get from some bakeries.
I thought a loaf would work better, especially in the heat seeing as a bigger cake may not fair so well throughout the day, especially if it had buttercream layers (the sun and butter don’t get along so well). So this cake has a simple glaće icing rather than a buttercream layer – which adds to the flavour and doesn’t add as much sweetness as buttercream would.
If this sounds like your sort of treat, get this added to the weekend baking list – you won’t regret it!
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
175g butter, at room temperature.
175g granulated sugar.
Zest of 3 lemons.
175g plain flour.
1.5 tsp baking powder.
Pinch of salt.
Juice of 2-3 lemons.
Equal amour of granulated sugar.
200g icing sugar.
Enough lemon juice to make a thick yet spreadable icing.
Before you get started on the recipe, you’ll want to do some prep work. I like to start nay weighing up all of my ingredients, lining a loaf pan with a liner (or parchment paper), preheating your oven to 180˚c/350˚f and getting any equipment you may need, such as a stand mixer and spatula ready.
To start, take a large mixing bowl and place in the butter and sugar. Beat the two together until hey are lighter and fluffier in colour and consistency – for me this usually takes around 7-10 minutes but the time will vary depending on on ten climate you live in.
Once lighter and fluffier, give your bowl a good scraping down, then you can add your eggs, one at a time – beating in-between each addition. If you notice the mixture splitting or curdling, add a spoonful of your weighed flour mix.
Now you can give the bowl a good scarping down, this is just to incorporate any bits that may not have been fully worked in from earlier on.
Add in the dry ingredients, except the poppyseeds. Mix on a low speed to start with, working your way up to a medium-high speed, just until everything is incorporated. Now is the perfect time to add in the poppyseeds mix until well combined, being careful not to over mix at this stage.
Scrape the bowl down, to incorporate any bits that may not have been fully worked in from earlier on. Transfer the cake batter into a lined loaf pan and spread the batter out, to ensure a consist bake.
Place into the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes (or untill a tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre). Now is the ideal time to get cleaned up and make there drizzle that goes not his cake.
Once the cake has around 5 minutes remaining on the baking time, you can make the drizzle. This is so simple and tastes amazing. into a medium sized mixing bowl, plae your lemon juice and sugar, whisking the two together until the sugar has dissolved (mostly) into the lemon juice.
Now the cake has come out of the oven, using a cake tester or tooth pick, poke holes all over the top of the cake, the more the merrier. Take a pastry brush and generously brush over the lemon drizzle, ensuring even coverage. Once done, set aside and leave to cool fully.
Once the cake is cool, make the glaze. Simply place the icing sugar into a bowl and whisk enough lemon juice into the icing sugar to make a thick but spreadable icing, top the cake nd spread the icing, get even coverage all over – some dripping around the sides isn;’t an issue. Allow the icing to firm up, then enjoy!
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.