Candy’s fabulous lemon drizzle cake

My niece Maxine spent the day with me on Sunday. I always treasure these days as we have so much fun together, and today we decided to make a cake for Terry – his birthday was the next day. My friend Candy had sent me her recipe for lemon drizzle cake which I love so we decided to give it a go.

The recipe is so easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Maxi chose blue sprinkles to add a special birthday touch.

Delicious cake straight out of the oven

Delicious cake straight out of the oven

For the cake

1 ½  Cups all-purpose flour

2 Teaspoons baking powder

½  Teaspoon salt

1 Cup plain yoghurt

1 1/3 Cups sugar

3 Eggs

2 Teaspoons grated lemon zest

½ Teaspoon vanilla extract/essence

½ Cup Vegetable oil

1/3 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze

1 Cup Icing sugar

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a loaf tin.  Line the bottom with parchment/baking paper and butter and flour the entire pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a medium bowl.  In a large bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, 1 Cup of the sugar, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla essence.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, whisking to combine.  Use a rubber spatula to fold in the vegetable oil into the batter until it’s fully incorporated.  Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes, or until a cake tester stuck in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, combine the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear.  Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing it and placing it on a baking sheet.  Use a cake tester, wooden skewer or toothpick to carefully pierce holes throughout the cake.  While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.  Cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine the icing sugar and lemon juice, whisking to form a smooth glaze.  Pour over the cake.

Blue birthday sprinkles

Blue birthday sprinkles

Thank you Candy for sharing this wonderful recipe with me. It’s definitely going to be baked regularly in my household!

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