Lemon and Blueberry Cake

I wanted to apologize for my absence over the month – cooking fever took a break and judging by the weather recently it looks like my town is back from its summer break too. I took my inspiration for all of my recipes above from various chefs/blogs/recipe books but as it’s been ages I really wanted to share a delicious recipe with you too – a lemon blueberry loaf cake. A total breeze to make, and you’re likely to have all of the ingredients in the cupboard. I jazzed up a lemon cake with a smattering of blueberries throughout, used ground almonds to make the cake extra moist and added double cream into the mix for a creamier taste. Oh, and this is proof that with just a lick of icing, a loaf cake doesn’t have to be a boring cake.

Lemon and Blueberry Cake

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Ingredients
  

  • 4.4 oz unsalted butter
  • 8 oz caster sugar
  • 2 lemons zest only
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups plain flour
  • 3.5 oz ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 5.1 fl oz double cream
  • 3.5 oz blueberries

For the syrup:

  • 1.8 oz caster sugar
  • juice of one lemon

For the icing:

  • juice of one lemon
  • icing sugar until the mixture becomes thick and opaque.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit (fan) or 350 degrees Fahrenheit (no fan) and line a 2.2 pound loaf tin with grease proof paper.
  • Cream the softened butter and caster sugar together in a stand mixer until pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the lemon zest halfway through and keep mixing.
  • Add the two eggs and keep mixing. If the mixture curdles, add some flour and keep mixing.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, almonds, and salt and fold this into the creamed butter mixture (you may need to do this in a few additions). Add the cream and stir through.
  • Put the blueberries in a bowl and toss them in 1 teaspoon of flour. This will prevent them from sinking while baking.
  • Put one third of the mixture into the loaf tin. Sprinkle over with half of the berries, and repeat with another layer of batter, berries finished off with a final layer of batter and bake for an hour (check with a toothpick to make sure that it has cooked through).
  • Once the cake has been cooked, take it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Poke the top of the cake with small holes all over.
  • Make a simple sugar syrup with the juice of one lemon and 1.8 oz caster sugar heated on the hob until the sugar dissolves. Pour this over the cake. Leave to rest until cooled.
  • Once cooled, you can make a mixture of icing sugar and the juice of a lemon and zig-zag this over the top of the cake, but it's completely optional.
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