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Cold Remedy Cake

Greetings cake angels,

I’m just recovering from a nasty cold that I picked up this month. Blocked sinus, headaches, chesty cough, you name it, I had it! Having pumped myself full of medicine I decided to switch to natural remedies: Hot water, lemon, honey and ginger.

I’ve recently become slightly addicted to ordering a slice of Lemon cake alongside my Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, so I thought it was time I started baking my own. Vitamin C is the key to restoring good health, so I thought about what I could bake to aid me back to good health… Lemon Drizzle (Loaf) cake, of course ;) It counts as one of my five-a-day, and it contains the Vitamin C I need to nurse me back to good health! 

My first attempt came out okay. The mixture itself was quite heavy, and possibly too large for the tin, causing the cake to take the form of a hunchback *covers face* I also could have taken it out of the oven 10mins earlier for a more moist texture. Otherwise I’m happy with the outcome, and I’ll be sure to practice this again.

If you have a similar Lemon Drizzle recipe for me to try I would love to give it a shot. Post your recipe in my comment box, or email it to cupcakinglydelish@hotmail.co.uk

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Ingredients

320g Caster Sugar

3 eggs

Grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

350g Plain flour

1tsp. Salt

250ml Whole milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

200g Unsalted butter, melted

(Lemon Syrup)

Freshly squeezed juice and zest of 1 Lemon

50g Caster Sugar

23 x 13cm Loaf tin, greased.

Makes 8-10 slices.

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C / Gas Mark 3.

1. Put the sugar, eggs and lemon zest in a bowl and mix with a hand held whisk or electric whisk.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan on the lowest heat.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl, and combine the milk and vanilla extract in another bowl.

4. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well, then beat in one-third of the milk mixture. Repeat this process until both mixtures are added, and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

5. Turn the mixer down to a low speed and pour the melted butter into the mixture.

6. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45mins – 1hr, or until golden brown.

For the Lemon syrup: While the cake is baking, put the lemon juice and zest, sugar and 100ml of water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil over a low heat and raise the heat after a few mins to allow the syrup to boil. When the cake comes hot out of the oven pour the syrup over the cake, whilst the cake is still in the tin. Leave the cake to cool before turning it onto a wire rack.

If you want to feel extra healthy, drink with a mug of green tea- you’ll be cleansing you’re system whilst stocking up on the Vitamin C!

[N.B. This recipe is not my own, taken from, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook 2009.]

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For a Good Cause

Hello cake lovers,

Apologies for another late start to the month, my cake-infused life is getting busier by the day! Today’s post is dedicated to my late ‘Grampa’, Anthony A. Beeko and an amazing charity, Cancer Research UK.

Two and a half weeks ago I took part in a 4K sponsored run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. (I ran the race on 1.07.2012 in 22min 15sec.) and 2.07.2012 was the 5yr. anniversary of my Grampa’s death. He passed away from Cancer of the colon, so this charity is the best one for me to support. I had been trying to persuade myself for the past 3yrs. that I would run this race and it wasn’t until a few months ago that my friend, S, signed up and encouraged me to join her.

I’ve spent the past few weeks encouraging my friends and family to sponsor me and so far I’ve raised £200, £100 more than my target :) Even though the 4K run was an achievement in itself I decided to set myself an extra goal- for every friend/family member that sponsored me £10 or more I would bake them a cake of their choice. (No one can resist cake, so I knew this would be a good bribe!) So far I’ve baked five cakes and I have another eight or so to bake! With every cake I’ve baked the money has come from my own pocket, and every penny donated has gone to charity.

The actual day of the race was so much fun- there was a Zumba instructor who helped us warm up; the Mayor of the City came to encourage us, and everyone who participated was in such good spirits. After the race, myself and S indulged in a little post-workout treat of McD’s and Red Velvet cupcakes at the Fallen Angel bakery :) …Don’t judge us, I can feel you judging us! You gotta live a little!

My donation page is still open for sponsorship so feel free to drop some pennies my way. It’s for a good cause.

http://raceforlifesponsorme.org/traceytrace

Love cupcakes & a cure for Cancer,

Tracey xoxo

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Never Judge a Cake by its Cover

Welcome to 2012 fellow cake followers! We’re just three days into the new year and I’m super eager to bring some ‘cakespiration’ to you ; )…

There’s nothing I love more than the sweet, crisp smell of freshly baked goodies wafting through the hallways of my home. The excitement of knowing that a golden-coloured sponge cake awaits my tastebuds, or perhaps a rich and buttery apple crumble, is almost too much glee to contain. But what if I were to offer you ‘garden cakes’ with your mug of tea or coffee? Carrot cake sounds normal enough, but would you be willing to try beetroot cupcakes, or a slice of courgette cake? I have a feeling that some of you may be putting your foot down at carrot cake. But wait, it’s a new year, aren’t you willing to try something new?

Hear me out, I recently went to visit relatives and my Aunt, who is a fantastic baker, offered me the very same ‘garden cakes’ that I told you about. Naturally a look of horror swept over my face as I imagined the taste of soggy courgettes embedded in a cake, but I was reassured that I wouldn’t be able to taste the veg, and they were only used to keep the cake moist. When it comes to food I like to think that I’ll try anything once- so I did. One of each…

Lo and behold, it was pretty darn good! Both the courgette and beetroot cakes were so soft they broke in my palm. They weren’t too rich, neither were they tasteless. My tastebuds and my stomach were happily lapping up this new cuisine and I have to admit that I had judged a cake by its cover. I can’t say that I’m reformed and delivered from the chocolatey goodness of a marble cake, or devilishly tasty brownies, but at least I can now eat a cake and count it as one of my five a day ; ) Moral of the story: Never judge a cake by its cover.

Viva la vegetables!

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Garden cakes

Beetroot cupcakes. Courgette cakes. Carrot cake. Mince pies.

Are you tempted now?