We are back home after a glorious week away in beautiful Guernsey (did you miss us..?!).
And it’s raining.
And the house is a mess of half unpacked bags and the biggest pile of dirty washing ever (despite doing three loads while we were away!).
It’s fair to say we have the post holiday blues.
So we need cake.
And this easy recipe is guaranteed to put the smile back on our faces, and a little bit of sunshine (in lemon form) on our plates…
It’s adapted from Nigella’s Coffee and Walnut Cake in her Kitchen book.
This is what you need for the sponge:
- 225g soft butter
- 225g caster sugar
- 225g plain flour
- 2.5 tsp baking powder
- 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 eggs
- A splash (about 2tbsps) of milk
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 lemon + 100g golden granulated sugar for the drizzle (optional)
This is what you do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C
- Grease and line 2x20cm sandwich tins
- Put all the ingredients except the milk into a food processor and blitz for about a minute
- Add the milk gradually, until you have a dropping consistency (ie the mix falls off a spoon without too much shaking!)
- Dollop out the mix as evenly as you can between the two tins
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25mins
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins-if you want to drizzle, then now is the time to do it.
Use a skewer or cake tester to prick the surface of the sponges all over.
Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a jug.
Spoon it evenly over both the sponges and allow to cool in the tins
For the buttercream
- Mix 150g soft butter, with 300g icing sugar, and the zest of half a lemon. If the icing is a bit thick and not very spreadable, add teaspoons of lemon juice while you beat until it is a spreadable consistency
- When the cakes are totally cool, spread 2-3 tbsps of lemon curd over the underside of one of the sponges
- Top this with about two-thirds of the buttercream
- Sandwich the second sponge on top and smother over the rest of the buttercream. Actually you could juts leave the top plain and all crunchy and gooe-y from the drizzle. We chose double buttercream….
And to cheer us up even further, here are some pictures from our hols….