It’s so easy, when baking, to get caught up in creating the most unusual innovative bakes I can think of – always trying out new flavour combinations and ingredients, leaving the simplest of cakes and bakes to become overlooked. But recently, I have been getting back into using lemon as my chosen flavour for cakes. So whipping up a classic lemon drizzle cake for a tea party, birthday or picnic treat has come back into favour in our household.
Looking through my cook book collection recently, I came across a book I used to love baking from but haven’t used in years – “The Little Red Barn Baking Book”. The recipe I used to turn to time and again was the “Lemon tea bread”, a dreamy sponge with a light fluffy crumb that is down to the addition of using sour cream or creme fraiche.
My taste in cakes change on such a regular basis. There was a time when I wouldn’t look at any cake that didn’t contain some form of chocolate. Then I discovered the coffee walnut cake, still my absolute favourite, followed by the likes of carrot and banana cake. The one sponge I don’t often reach for is the classic Victoria. So when it comes to the simpler bakes life I guess I will always reach for the lemons…
Now feels like the right time to resurrect this recipe of old and re-create it here for you with a couple of tweaks. And if lemon is your thing then do check out some of the gorgeous bakes below for some extra citrus inspiration:
Lemon, rose & gin drizzle cake – The Crafty Larder
Mini lemon drizzle pound cakes – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Drizzled lemon curd cupcakes – Greedy Gourmet
Lemon & cucumber cake with gin icing – Veggie Desserts
Lemon & berry yoghurt loaf cake – Fuss Free Flavours
Lemon cake – United Cakedom
Lemon berry blondie bars – Family Friends Food
Lemon vanilla poppy seed cake – Coffee &Vanilla
Lemon & blueberry bundt – Sew White
Lemon berry polenta cake – Food to Glow
Lemon drizzle blackberry cupcakes (vegan) – The Veg Space
Lemon muffins – Little Sunny Kitchen