Wednesday 25 January 2012

Life and Lemons

The past few days life has served me a few lemons. I decided not to blog yesterdays lemon and today I am fighting back. I know the saying is if life gives you lemons make lemonade. Well, I just went for a slight twist on that. And I got to take my own back on at least one lemon. (I feel better for it too!)

I grated and squeezed the crap out of that lemon. The rind went into the cake batter.

The juice - with some added sugar - went on top.

So me and lemons - we've talked and come to an agreement. Life can serve them up but I will pulverise the little buggers.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

1/2 cup (4 oz) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 cup (4 oz) milk
finely grated rind of one lemon

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon rind and the two eggs. Beat well. In separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to the mixing bowl, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Place in lined baking tin. (I just line the bottom, but that's me.) I usually use a 2 lb loaf tin for this recipe but mine was in the freezer full of meatloaf, so I used an 8" deep round tin instead today.

Bake until firm, the cake springs back to touch and/or no batter clings to a probe if poked in the middle of the cake. While the cake is baking mix the juice of the lemon you grated the rind from with 1/3 cup sugar (granulated rather than caster sugar will give you more texture to the cake top). Do not stir until sugar is dissolved.

After removing the cake from the oven, pour the sugar and lemon mixture over the top of the cake slowly, making sure to cover all the surface. Leave to cool in the tin. If removed too soon it just might fall apart on you. (The voice of experience here!)

I have been using this recipe for just about forever. It is the recipe that my mother used when I was little. It is also one of my favourite cakes to make. And when life has dealt you a few lemons it proves a very useful recipe to have. Besides, sometimes you need an alternative sugar source to chocolate.



  1. Looks fabulous - thanks for the recipe! Hope the rest of the week is better x

  2. things is looking up already with a slice of that cake and a cup of tea - hope it continues to improve.

  3. Sounds delicious, thanks!
    Hope life brings you a bowl of cherries next :)

  4. I am liking your alternative to "making lemonade". Coming out of hiding to write this so you know I must really love you right.
    Go take a breath & remember "out with the bad, in with the good" - that's what you always tell me isn't it? ;)
    (and PS be grateful you're not cooking in 40 degree heat...)

  5. Yum, I love a good lemon drizzle cake! Hope things get better soon.

  6. I think "pulverize the little buggers" is a phrase said not often enough. In fact, I'm adopting it as my motto ;-)

    Chin up chook, it'll be okay... these things have a way of working themselves out. Especially when armed with a clever hubby and his roll of ducttape :-)

  7. Laughed at the poor quivering lemons too. Thanks for the recipe, will give it a go.
    Hope the week is shaping up a bit better.

  8. thanks for the recipe will definitely give this a go or even better will get daughter to do it :)

    Hope the rest of the week works out better.

  9. I LOVE lemon drizzle cake and yours looks yummy!
    Hope your week improves. I think you should grab another lemon and slice it up ready to pop it your raspberryade beverage! :)

  10. I don't like it when my friends are hurting or being hurt in some way. Just let me know and I will come and beat 'em up for you. But, seriously, I hope all is better today.
    The cake looks yummy. I have a favorite lemon cake too, and we have a lemon tree so it gets made a lot.

  11. I made some leamon fairy cakes yesterday for Zaki as he wasn`t feeling great - cake is good therapy! Hope things improve soon and the lemons do a runner.x

  12. Well I hope that's the last of life giving you lemons, but the cake looks brilliant. I might have to try it this weekend - we've got guests coming. :-)

  13. Sounds fab, I must try that. And I hope you are ok hon xx

  14. Best Lemonade I've ever seen! Keep on keeping on! And I will give the pulverised lemon cake recipe a try :) thanks Sweetie!

  15. Lemon drizzle cake is one of my favourites!! Hope your week gets better.

  16. You keep squeezing those lemons hun!x

  17. Have to get some lemons then!

    You are made of sterling stuff Susan - you seem to bounce back from those lemons life throws your way ! Well done for keep on, keeping on!

  18. Love Lemon Drizzle cake. Chin up and hope pulverising the little buggers helped. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  19. You should make some kind of wall art with your new saying on it. The cake sounds delicious and as I just happen to have a couple lemons I may very well try it tomorrow. Hope the rest of your week is lemon-free!

  20. You mean you dont put dark chocolate chips in it??! LOL
    Looks absolutely delish. I thought we were gonna see lemons being driven over by the budget suckin car.... Cake much much better.... :-)

  21. I hope the yummy cake cheered you up some! It looks delicious! I'll pulverize some lemons for you downunder and make lemonade! Happy Australia Day to you!

  22. If life gives you lemons....find someone whose life has given them vodka.

  23. Yum and drule! Tell me what happened with the car in the end? Jxo

  24. awesome cake! I can't do much baking these days as it is bad for my waistline :(((

  25. Well just think about what is to come next ...such good and wonderful things. I believe that!!

    But I think the key is to whip up another batch of that lemonade and pop it in the post for a dear friend in the gap...**grins**

  26. The cake looks sensational, I bet it tastes great too. Sorry the week hasn't started out well for you, here's hoping to a better one.

  27. Oh dear, life better look out, that lemon was definitely brutalised! Hope the cake helps today to be much better :o)

  28. When life gives me lemons I just add them to Margaritas.

    However smashing the crap out of them sounds highly therapeutic and the cake looks YUMMY!

  29. Better to end up with cake when life is being crappy. Your recipe looks good, a bit of a twist, haven't seen milk in lemon drizzle cake before! I am going to try it

  30. Thanks for sharing your Mama's recipe. May I ask, you list 1 cup of sugar and you tell us to cream the butter and the sugar, and you tell us to mix 1/3 cup sugar with the lemon for the Drizzle. So do we need 1 and 1/3 cups sugar total? Or do we use 2/3 of the sugar in the cake and 1/3 in the Drizzle, using a total of 1 cup sugar?

    Thank you in advance.

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