04 August 2009

Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Cream & Strawberries

...AND A PRIZE DRAW OPEN TO UK BLOGGERS.


















I made this cake the same day I saw it on Sylvie's blog - A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit. I mean how could I resist? I am sure you have all experienced that immediate lust when you see a recipe and fall in love. Store cupboard permitting, it just has to be made the same day!

It was serendipity! I was trying to decide which cake I should make and take along to my parent's house that evening and low and behold there it was in all it's sumptuousness!

I changed it into cup measures, because I prefer baking this way now, but if you would like the cake recipe in metric, visit Sylvie's blog for the original recipe.


















Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Cream & Strawberries

Cake

1 cup self-raising flour
1 tbsp baking powder
100g/ 1 stick butter
½ cup caster sugar
2 tbsp lemon curd
grated rind of 1 large lemon
2 large eggs, whisked
1tbsp lemon juice


Topping

1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp of caster sugar
juice of ½ lemon


(tweak this until it is to your own taste, by adding a little lemon juice at a time)

Strawberries

Method


Preheat your oven to 175 C/Gas 3-4

Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin or round cake tin.

Put all the cake ingredients together into a large bowl & mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and then a hand held mixer for a maximum of 3 minutes.

Pour into the prepared loaf or cake tin & bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Once the cake has cooled, whip up the cream with the sugar and lemon juice and spread across the cake. Sylvie mixed some lemon curd and icing sugar into double cream for her cake, which sounds great too.

Finally top with halved strawberries.

Making this cake was a piece of cake, please ignore the pun! It was just so easy and quick to put together, but with stunning results. It got high marks from my parents and from Graham. Although Graham would have preferred the cream without the lemon juice, but then he is never a huge fan of lemon.

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On another note, I have just learned of a rather brilliant competition open to UK Bloggers.

Those lovely peeps over at Gaviscon Double Action are offering fabulous prizes in their The Nations Favorite Double Act Competition.

First Prize is a £200 voucher for two, to dine at Anthony Worrall Thompson’s restaurant, The Greyhound, in Henley-Thames, plus one night’s stay at the Hotel du Vin in Henley, and £100 toward travel expenses.

33 runners-up will receive a signed copy of ‘Fast Family Food’ by Anthony Worrall Thompson.

Not bad as far as prizes go, huh?

In a recent survey done by Gaviscon Double Action (a heartburn and indigestion remedy), they discovered that Apple Crumble & Custard is the nation’s favourite Double Act pudding. Now who is going to argue with that? It is perfect comfort food.

Apparently, 58% of Brits admit that they would not turn down the offer of a pudding under any circumstances and 16% of men are eating their favourite pudding once a month compared to 17% of women. Those poor men musn't have a food blogger living with them or I am sure the percentage would be much, much higher!

All you have to do to enter this prize draw, is to choose from the 11 favourite puddings listed and then enter your details. It is too good an opportunity to miss!

37 comments:

  1. Wow, this cake looks wonderful. I have been in the mood for lemon desserts recently and this one, mixed with the strawberries, is probably just what I wanted. Thank you for the conversion!

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  2. Hi TB, I find cup measures much easier. I hate dragging the scales out when I don't need to. Hope you give the cake a go :)

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  3. This dessert looks sooo good! Right up my alley for a summery dessert :)

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  4. very pretty cake! I hope you win the drawing.

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  5. The combination of lemon and strawberries is a good one Sarah :)

    Thank you Andrea :)

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  6. Looks very good, and so much easier than the way I make lemon cake!

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  7. Strawberries and cream. Can't go wrong there. Don't you wish there was just more time in the day to eat cake? Love it.

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  8. Hi Davimack, That is what really impressed me about this cake straight off, it is so simple and I can vouch that this is true.

    Definitely not Joanne, or I would be the size of a bus!

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  9. Hi! I have just found out yor blog and I really like this sponge cake with the cream and all, miam! And it looks soooo good!!!

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  10. What a gorgeously summery cake - lemon always perks me up (even when it's rained for two days solid...). Thank you for the tip-off for the competition too :)

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  11. Hi Liz, thanks for stopping by :)

    I hope you five the prize draw a go Lysy :)

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  12. How pretty! I wished you were my neighbor;-)Lemon Cream & Strawberry is just divine.

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  13. I love that gorgeous outdoor photo - that is summer coming into my loungeroom!

    Never had cream with lemon juice in it - I am not a huge lemon fan but I do like how it tempers sweetness so maybe I should give it a go (or tell my mum to who does more whipped cream than me)

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  14. That looks so sinful. The cream on top is a perfect fluff of cloud with little berried adorning it. You are awesome.

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  15. HI Soma, if I was our neighbour, I would share :)

    Hi Johanna, I like the lemon in the cream, I find it a bit too sweet without it :)

    Thank you Anudivya :)

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  16. ahh strawberries, love em :)
    THis could be a good idea to put my newly found vegan cream to more good use!

    Rose

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  17. I absolutely LOVE simple desserts like this one. True enough about the cup vs. metric measures...

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  18. Mmmmm...lemon on lemon...lovely.

    The folks from Gaviscon expect a little heartburn from food bloggers, do they? LOL!

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  19. That looks lovely! These are some of my favorite kinds of cakes.

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  20. I love the combination of lemon and strawberries!

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  21. Let me how how you get on with that Rose, it is always nice to offer people a dairy free alternative in recipes.

    Hi Lo, I would hate to go back to metric now.

    Hi Susan, he he, see what you mean! Let's ignore that and think of the brilliant prize :)

    Thnaks Jenn :)

    Yeah, it was really good Pam, but I have to bow down to Sylvie's wisdom on this one :)

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  22. Stummbled my way into this delicious blog!

    Gorgeous.

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  23. MMMMMMMM,...what a grand dessert!!!

    Looks very tasty!!!

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  24. It looks beautiful! :) Lemon is one of my fave flavours!

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  25. Thanks Janet and nice to meet you :)

    Thanks Sophie :)

    I am with you A&N, I love cirus desserts.

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  26. Oh wow Jacqueline this looks absolutely perfect! The cake looks yummy and soft and I looove all that whipped cream on top! I've never thought of adding lemon, sounds yummy.

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  27. Lovely looking cake. I can't get on with cups and prefer weighing everything on scales.

    Thanks for the tip off about the competition...I think I'll head over and enter it now!

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  28. Nice cake, sounds and looks very refreshing..very lemony...yummie!

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  29. Oh my gosh, wow this cake looks and sounds amazing!!

    Maria
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  30. Hi Ashley, I actually prefer the cream with the lemon. I sometime find cream a bit sweet and sickly, but the lemon balanced it out, with a touch of sugar too.

    Good luck with the comp CC :)

    Stop that now Nic :D

    Thanks Maria & Juliana

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  31. I don't think I could resist this cake either Jacqueline.

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  32. I've never seen strawberrries and cream looking this good. I couldn't resist this either, I think.

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  33. I can see how you would need to make that cake right away. The cream alone has my mouth watering.

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  34. Hi Val, I thought that too, as soon as I saw Sylvie's cake :)

    Go for it Aparna :)

    I was very pleased with it Apples :)

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  35. Jacqueline, thanks so much for the thumbs up on the cake. I hope you're well. I've just got back from three weeks camping in Scotland and need to get back into cooking, baking and blogging now! Hope you're well!

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