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Slice of sunshine: the perfect lemon cake to brighten your day

Slice of sunshine: the perfect lemon cake to brighten your day

Experience the zest and spice of summer with this deliciously moist lemon cake, aptly named “Sunshine in a Slice.” This cake combines the lightness of a soft sponge cake with the invigorating freshness of organic lemons, making each bite a celebration of citrus fruits. It's an ideal dessert that brings a little brightness to your kitchen, no matter the weather outside.

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Why you'll love it: This lemon cake isn't just about vibrant flavor, it's also about texture and the joyful experience it brings. The sponge cake is tender, with a perfect crumb, enriched by the natural oils and acidity of the lemon, which help to elevate the flavor profile to delicious new heights. It's both comforting and uplifting, making it a perfect treat for any lemon lover.

Perfect occasion: This cake is wonderful for spring and summer get-togethers, or anytime you want to add a touch of brightness to your day. It's fantastic for afternoon tea, brunches or as a cheerful dessert after a family meal. In addition, its elegant appearance and refreshing taste make it suitable for festive events like birthdays, Mother's Day or Easter.

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Decorating Tips: replaces the word nice with empty enhance the appearance of the cake, top it with a lemon glaze which adds both shine and an extra touch of lemony tartness. Once the icing has set, decorate with thin slices or lemon zest for a beautiful, natural decoration that highlights the fresh ingredients of the cake. Edible flowers, like violets or marigolds, can also be sprinkled on top for a pop of color.

Ingredients:

  • 125 g soft butter
  • 125g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Juice and zest of 2 small organic lemons (for the dough)
  • 50g powdered sugar mixed with the juice of 1 lemon (for the icing)
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Prepare a 10cm x 19cm x 7cm cake tin by lining it with baking paper or greasing and flouring it.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the soft butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating them completely before adding the next one, making sure the mixture remains smooth and fluffy.
  4. Add the lemon zest and juice, mixing carefully to evenly distribute the lemon flavor.
  5. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually incorporate this dry mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing gently to maintain the lightness of the dough.
  6. Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top to ensure even baking.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting by whisking together the powdered sugar and additional lemon juice until smooth.
  9. Once baked, allow the cake to cool slightly in the pan, then pour the frosting over the hot cake, allowing it to soak in and form a sweet, tangy crust as it cools.
  10. Let the cake cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Enjoy this slice of sunshine, a lemon cake that promises to brighten your day with its light, refreshing taste and moist texture!

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