I recently realised that my kitchen has a ridiculous amount of lemons in it. I love lemons because they have so many uses – you can cook and clean with them, add them to water to give yourself a boost of a morning, and they’re so bright that they jazz up a dull fruit bowl.
All that being said though, there were too many – something had to be done! I’ve still got leftover lemon curd in the pantry and I’ve been drinking zesty water for days now. So I made this little beauty. This cake is super lemony and perfect to serve if you’re not after a saccharine dessert.
This post was written for the Geelong Blabbertiser and can be found here as well.
- 120g unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup almond meal
- zest and juice of 2 lemons
- 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 100 g caster sugar
- Juice of one lemon
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a 20cm springform cake tin.
Beat together the butter and caster sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one by one stirring to combine, then gently mix in your almond meal. Zest and juice your two lemons – zesting is the bane of my life, but it’s worth it! Add in your flour and give it a good mix.
Pour the mixture into your greased tin and sprinkle the berries over the top of the cake. Press the berries down using your fingers or a skewer to varying depths within the batter. The batter is thick enough that the berries shouldn’t sink too much while the cake bakes. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
In the last ten minutes of the baking make your lemon syrup by juicing the third (and final!) lemon and putting it in a pan with the sugar. Stir the mixture over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat up and boil it for one minute to thicken the syrup slightly. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
When a wooden skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, your cake is done. Allow the cake to cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack. While it’s still warm, take a skewer and poke dozens of holes in the top of the cake, allowing the skewer to go about ¾ of the way down.
Spoon your syrup generously over the cake and serve it warm. It will give the cake a dense, moist crumb which is absolutely delightful.
If your guests are craving sweetness, sprinkle the cake with icing sugar and serve some whipped cream on the side to tone down the tartness!