Lavendar Cake

When you’re not worrying about the reams of information about you on the internet, you’ve got to love how random it is sometimes. I love the fact that from my blog statistics I can tell that someone has been searching “end of exams cake” and come up with my blog. Well, they came to the right place! Because this week’s cake was so good that I made it twice in one weekend, and it was STILL all eaten before I had time to get a proper photograph! This lavender & lemon drizzle cake was soft & subtle and highly suitable for stuffing your face in large quantities. Before exams finish or after exams finish. It will definitely improve your quality of life.Lavender & Lemon Drizzle Cake
This recipe is in cups, cos that’s the way I found it, and it was a convenient way to spend a revision break!
– Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup caster sugar
– Add 2 beaten eggs, bit by bit so the mixture doesn’t curdle
– In separate bowls measure out a) 1.5 cups self-raising flour, pinch of salt & half tsp baking powder, and b) half cup of buttermilk (or milk with a dash of white wine vinegar left for a few mins) with juice and zest of half a lemon
– Mix in the flour & buttermilk bit by bit to the first mixture, starting and ending with the flour – don’t over-mix, just keeping going until the mixture is incorporated.
– Crumble in with your fingers around 3 tsp of dried lavender buds (this gives quite a subtle taste, you could add more)
– Pour into a lined/greased loaf tin and bake for about 40 mins on 160-180 degrees C (depending on whether you have a fan oven) until a skewer comes out clean.
– When cooled, pour over a glaze made from half a cup of sifted icing sugar, juice of half a lemon and 1 spoon of Greek yoghurt.

Lavendar Cake

In keeping with the weekend of flowers, Seb & I visited a few of Earlsdon’s open gardens on the bank holiday Monday…
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House leeks and slate
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Had to take a picture of this one, or else I thought my mum might not believe me!….

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We were serenaded….

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Hope you enjoy the recipe! It’s brilliant – many people have said so. Make it.

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PS. I’m afraid that this blog is on a sort of half-hiatus until the exams are finished in less than three weeks time. Plenty of excuse to amuse yourselves in the sun!
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