From the 'Cakes' book, it's so simple! I was surprised at how easy I found it, and at how good it tasted...it definitely tasted like it should have taken hours. I'm trying to make a chocolate variation, but so far, I've made a lemon flavoured brown mess....
Anyway, here's the recipe, test it over Easter and see what you think! It serves between 8 and 10.
225 g all-purpose (plain) flour
150 g granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
125 g butter, softened
90 ml milk
1tablespoon grated lemon zest
11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
225 g confectioners’ (icing) sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons (approx.) fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons shredded (desiccated) coconut (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. • Butter a 9-inch square pan. • Beat the flour, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until well blended. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes more, or until pale and thick. • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. • Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. • Cool the cake completely in the pan on a rack. • Lemon Frosting: With a wooden spoon, beat the confectioners’ sugar and butter in a medium bowl. Beat in enough lemon juice to make a spreadable frosting. • Spread the cake with the frosting, and sprinkle with the coconut.
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