Easy Homemade Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe
What a perfect Sunday! Yesterday me and my friend Susie baked homemade lemon drizzle cakes after our attempt to go swimming failed due to a water polo club taking over our local pool. Although don't see baking as a contradiction to fitness.. we plan on giving these to our friends/boyfriends because we like to think a homemade gift is pretty sweet, however I am dying to tuck into his already because he hasn't come to see me yet!
For the cake you will need:
4oz soft butter
4oz caster sugar
4oz sf flour
1tsp baking soda
For the topping you will need:
Damera Sugar (Brown)
Yellow food colouring
Heat the oven to 150 degrees
1.Weigh the butter and sugar and place into a large mixing bowl.
2.With a wooden spoon, cream the butter and the sugar against the bowl until smooth
3.Crack two eggs into another bowl and whisk.
4.Slowly add the egg into the butter and sugar mix and beat together.
5.At this stage, you will want to add 1 lemons juice and grate the rind of this lemon and add to the mix for an extra zesty cake flavour.
6. Weigh the self-raising flour and add 1tsp of baking soda into the flour mix.
7. Slowly sieve the flour into the beaten egg, sugar and butter mix, whilst folding the flour into the mix with a metal spoon. It is essential you FOLD rather than stir, as this will trap in air into the mix, giving you a better rise of cake.
8. Once all the flour is folded in, test the mix for dropping consistency by lifting the spoon. It should be a good consistency, but don't worry if it is a little wetter than previous cakes because of the extra lemon juice. Lemon cakes are always a little moist and I think they are much better this way.
9. Grease your cake tin with butter/vegetable lard or coconut oil and put into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes, check how the cakes have risen and stick a long metal stick (such as a BBQ skewer or thin knife) into the middle of the cake and check if it comes out with moisture on the end. If it does, bake the cake for another 5/7 minutes.
10. Once baked and golden on top, take the cakes out of the oven and leave to cool, preferably on a cake wire.
Whilst your cakes are cooling, you can make your icing toppings.
Mix brown demera sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice together in a bowl, and grate the rind of this lemon. Mix together.
In a separate bowl, mix together icing sugar, fresh lemon juice, a dash of vanilla essence and a tiny bit of yellow food colouring together until you get a good consistency of icing. You want this fairly thick but again with a good dropping consistency.
Once the cakes have cooled for over 15 minutes, apply icing #1 all over the cake.
Once this has dried, take a metal spoon and drizzle icing #2 over your cakes, we did a V pattern (and very messily for a more home-made look!). I also think a criss-cross pattern would look lovely!
The combination and texture of these two icings make this cake extra special and completely lemony-heaven.
Happy baking and Stay Foxy!
Exploring retro hairstyles on Jenny, taken from the 1994 Tom Hanks hit, 'Forrest Gump'I have always loved the character Jenny, set in the 70's when she was in her exploratory stage, not really loving herself and trying to throw herself off buildings. Her retro style was epic and I respect the stylist on set for perfecting her barbie doll image throughout the decades featured, 50's, 60's and 70's. Jenny has the cool girl disco diva style whilst focussing on her drug abuse years in the 1970's, an era which is prominent in contemporary fashion today with stars such as supermodel Cara Delevingne heading up Topshop's new 70's inspired 'Almost Famous' range.
|60's Bouffant, Jenny Forrest Gump hairstyle|
|Late 60's early 70's Jenny Forrest Gump hairstyle|
Metallic platform heels
The whole look: Curled hair (fresh from plaits), Sequin tops, flares and chunky platform shoes
How you can recreate Jenny's 70's disco look:
Sequin cami top by Whistles, £60 (sale)
Topshop denim lace up dress, £40 in cream
Micheal Kors silver pleated skirt, roughly £142 at Farfetch
Gucci Leather Mules, around £521 at Nordstorm
Topshop 'Lena' Metallic Sandals, £56, Topshop
'Aya' Tie Waist Culottes, 70, Whistles
Chameleon Glow in Wax & Wayne, £9, Topshop
Glow Stick in Spotlight, £10, Topshop
I like to mix Mid Century Modern prints with newer contemporary separates sometimes, such as my 'Splendid' wrap shirt in Abstract I got for Christmas from my mum, made by Lady K Loves (Kessie is a Bristol based retro repro designer and has a great little shop!), mixed with my Skort from Topshop and paired with vintage Bally shoes I found in a charity shop and a vintage beaded handbag I got in a junk shop at home. My bamboo hoop earrings are by Bow & Crossbones.
Welcome to my non-50's living room. I am living in a shared house so these are not mine..I don't own a house yet (I am only 22!)
I hope you enjoyed this look, and of course, I am wearing tights! It is pretty cold out now of course!
I also hope you like my new 'do', I wanted a mixture of brown and blonde, which I am calling Bronde! I feel much more like 'me' again being a little darker!
Let me know what you think in the comments, and I would love to visit your blog if you have one, too!
Sarah or Miss Winters as you might know me from my retro modelling on Facebook
Say hello to feeling chic in Bristol and my new basket bike, Betty
I am totally happy and pleased I made the decision to move to Bristol!
After leaving London 'temporarily' after University, the plan was to intern, get hired and move back. I did intern, I didn't get hired at that particular agency because they didn't have a junior position available at the time. I did however have the opportunity to stay on or do some work for them again in the future, but I was at the end of my tether with sofa surfing and I was running out of money fast.
So I packed up and moved back to Somerset to focus on applying for full time jobs.
The whole time I lived in London ( a whole 3 years..) all I thought about was how little money I had, spending OVER DOUBLE the amount I pay now on rent. I also had a strange feeling of being anonymous in my own city, which I put down to such an influx of people and a crowded tourism industry that sometimes makes you forget who you are and you get lost in the midst of the bustle - and no job is worth having an identity crisis over!
So the identity crisis ended as I moved to Somerset for a few months and then, when I could afford to, I took the plunge to live somewhere new! Bristol is only an hour away from my parents and friends in Somerset and a large chunk of my extended family live here!
So now I'm feeling settled, making friends, working freelance in marketing and building on existing family relationships, I really want to make the effort to blog again, and work on my hobbies - I'm so excited to finally start to learn Lindy Hop on Thursday, something I have aimed to get done for about 2 years! Gosh, time does fly.
I have even bought my dream basket bike and called it Betty, a Pinnacle Californium, which I am now almost crying over seeing as it's gone in the sale.. sods law. I absolutely love it though and she was worth every penny.
My new basket bike, Betty
I figured if you are going to have a basket bike, you have to cycle in style too.
I found a new blog called CycleChic which helped me to find an awesome 'fashionable' ladies helmet. I am loving these Bern helmets, mixing practicality with a great adjusting wheel at the back and air vents with an attractive shell with front rim, so that pesky low winter sun doesn't get in my eyes so much!
Bern Lenox ladies helmet in Cranberry
I hope to get some pictures with my new basket bike soon, and I shall be updating you with an outfit post shortly!
See you soon,
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