Zoë: ‘You may have noticed, this blog has more of a savoury focus over sweet; but this weekend I was in the mood for baking and decided to try my hand at a sticky lemon loaf. We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout! Sweet but not sickeningly so, this loaf is quick and easy to bake and looks superb at cake fairs :)’
The recipe was inspired by @letstalkevergreen lemon cake. Since we didn’t have cup measurements or scales… it was all a bit hit and miss but it turned out pretty fab! Haha
This sticky lemon loaf takes: 1 hour including mixing!
One and a half cups of self raising flour. We used Homepride flour – also we did not have cup measurements so used 1/3 of a jug…it worked!
Two free range eggs
Quarter cup of olive oil (like a 8th of a jug…)
One cup of icing sugar
Eight tablespoons of runny honey
Half a teaspoon of baking powder
Half a teaspoon of baking soda
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Stir well.
3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and crack in the two eggs. Add the juice of 3 lemons and the zest of one. Save the squeezed lemons and put your 4th lemon aside for later as you will use this for decoration
4. Pour in 8 tablespoons of runny honey and whisk all the ingredients until smooth, we just used a wooden spoon.
5. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the ingredients, wiggle the tin a little to ensure all is the same level and bake in the oven for 45 minutes
6. At 30 minutes quickly peep on the cake. All going well? Time to make the icing! In a bowl add roughly one cup of icing sugar. Using the previously squeezed lemons try and get a little more juice out of them and mix in until the icing forms the consistency you like. (If you can’t get enough juice out add in a little water.
7. When ready, remove the loaf for the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
8. Once cooled gently spoon on the icing and let some drip over the edges of the cake. Slice the remaining lemon and decorate on top as per the picture below.
9. Leave as long as you can for the icing to harden. Slice and enjoy!
Please let us know in the comments below how this went for you and whether you would add/change anything else? We love to see all your creations!