Friday 7 August 2015

Lemon, Lime & Almond Loaf Cake and The Great British Bake Off

I took a mini mental health day yesterday, although it turned into me making lists, trying to sort out birthday presents and going shopping to try find some things I needed which was extremely unsuccessful. Actually I'm not sure you could really call that a mental health day, but the thought was there.

Yesterday was week 1 of The Great British Bake Off, it just snuck up on me this year. I saw an advert for it a few weeks ago and completely forgot about it until 2 minutes before the program, I saw a tweet and pretty much legged it down the stairs with a blanket and bottle of water in hand screaming mum! I was entirely unprepared with no cake and no time to make coffee and in the first episode they don't do the whole "history of baking" which is usually when I sneak out if need be. But the first week is usually always cake so I did a little post bake off baking because watching the bake off pretty much just means I'll be craving baked goods for an hour + every Wednesday night, although I'm not sure if that's any different than usual.

For the cake
175g/6oz butter/margarine
175g/6oz caster sugar
2 eggs
60g/2oz ground almonds
120g/4oz self raising flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
5tbsp milk, I used almond milk but you can use any
Zest of one lemon & one lime

For the drizzle
45g/3oz caster sugar
Juice of one lemon

For the icing
Juice and zest of half a lime
5 tbsp icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180/355F/Gas mark 4
Place all the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Pour the batter into a lined and greased 2lb loaf tin and bake in a preheated over for 40-50 minutes.

For the drizzle place the sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan, heat until the sugar has melted and pour over the cake after it's just come out of the oven. It sometimes helps to poke holes in the cake with a toothpick or skewer so the drizzle can sink in.

While the cake is cooling make the icing by mixing the lime juice, zest and icing sugar in a bowl. drizzle over the cake once cooled and top with chopped almonds and more zest if desired.


  1. This was yummy

  2. This was delicious and so moist. Do you think it would freeze ok?

    1. I wondered if you tried freezing? I am wondering the same

  3. This was delicious.. light, moist.

    1. I wanted to add, I would cut down on the sugar.

  4. The ingredients don’t seem to be nearly enough for a 2 lb loaf pan ?? What is the measurement in inches or centimeters for the loaf pan you are using?


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