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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas cake angels,

Just posting a quick message to say that I hope you’re all having a beautiful day with your friends and families, and eating yourselves silly!

In the UK the traditional way to end a Christmas dinner is with Christmas pudding, but having a strong dislike for any form of fruit cake I decided to whip up a Red Velvet cake instead. Meanwhile, my Aunt made a Lemon tart, which was the perfect palette-cleansing-ending to a hefty meal.  {Recipes will soon be updated, for the adventurous among you.}

This was my first sampling of Lemon Tart, and although the pastry looked thick and heavy, it was actually light in texture and not too sweet at all. The bitter-sweet tang of the lemon was a refreshing end to a long day of feasting, which in turn was washed down with a glass of wine :)

Which Christmas desserts did you have this year?

Love & Christmas cheer,

Tracey xoxo

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

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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.]