How to make lemon drizzle cake recipe

Yesterday I whipped up my first bake in a while. As it was Easter Sunday, making something tasty felt like a must, so I decided to make lemon drizzle cupcakes! I love sharp flavours so citrus is the perfect way to balance out sugary sweetness.

The recipe is the same as that for making a lemon drizzle cake, so if you would prefer to make a loaf cake or classic round cake that would work absolutely splendidly too. When perusing through numerous cookbooks I realised that almost every chef's recipe was exactly the same, so mine written below is a combination of all those I read - essentially it is very similar to a Victoria Sponge cake, simply with the addition of lemon zest and lemon juice.

Ingredients (for the cake)
175g self raising flour
175g caster sugar
175g margarine
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 lemon (use the zest of 1 lemon and use 1/2 of it for the juice)

Ingredients (for the drizzle)
75-100g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

How to bake
Essentially you could literally put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix.

However, the 'easiest' way to combine the ingredients is to cream the sugar and margarine first; this is especially important if you decide to use butter instead of margarine, as butter can be more tough to combine, especially if it is still hard and cold from the fridge. Then you would stir in the flour, baking powder and eggs, before adding the lemony bits (grate the zest of 1 lemon, then cut it in half and use the juice of one of the halves).

If you are making a lemon loaf cake, apply your baking parchment to the tin or thoroughly butter it before pouring in the mix. This will take about 25-40 minutes to bake at 180degrees in the oven.

I opted to make twelve delightful cupcakes, so I popped the cases into the tray and filled each one with a big spoonful of mixture. They will only take 20 minutes to bake at 180degrees, plus they are very satisfactory to watch as they rise into swelling peaks over their cases.

When they are done, take them out of the oven and out of their tray, and place them on a cooling rack so they don't sink in the middle.

Mix your icing sugar and lemon juice, and drizzle over the peaks (you can prick the tops to let the icing trickle into the middle of the cake too).

Afiyet olsun! Enjoy your tasty treat! Let me know how you got on by keeping in touch on my other social pages!

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