Lavender and Lemon Drizzle cake

I was pleasantly surprised that this has been one of my most popular cakes in the cafe. The slightly bitter perfume of the lavender works perfectly with the refreshing lemon for a complimentary  taste AND colour  combination.

This cake is both vegan (as always) and soya free. You could make it gluten free too if you swapped the flour and baking powder for gluten free options. I’d also advise using edible lavender, I buy mine from the Cotswold lavender company.

For more full sized cakes recipes, take a look at my Cherry and Almond Bakewell slice recipe or the absolutely indulgent Chocolate Oreo cake. And for an individual portion of the lemon and lavender cake, try out my Jelly Baby mug cake but leave out the forest fruits tea and add 1/4 teaspoon of lavender.

Here’s the video for my vegan and soya free lemon and lavender loaf cake

 

Recipe – Lavender & lemon drizzle cake

Mix Dry ingredients in a bowl

200g Self raising flour

180g caster sugar

2 teaspoons edible lavender

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix

juice of 1 lemon, made up to 200ml with water

80ml vegetable oil

Mix the Batter well until its dough like and pour into a lined loaf tin. I lazily use a pre cut cake liner but a sheet of greaseproof paper is good too.

Bake in a pre heated oven on the middle shelf at 180C for approx 30 – 40 mins

Keep checking that its cooked. If its not cooked in the middle but burning on the outside, cover in foil and turn the temperature down to 160. Cook for longer at a lower temperature. It’s important to keep checking.

While you’re waiting for the cake to bake and cool…

 …make the Drizzle

Add around 2 cups of icing sugar to a large jug.

Now add approximately 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and stir until smooth with no lumps.

If the mixture is too thick, add a drop more lemon juice or water.

If the mixture is too thin, add more icing sugar

You want a thick but creamy texture.

Finally, when the cake is cooled

Poke holes in the cake for the drizzle to, well, drizzle into.

Pour your drizzle icing over the cake until completely covered

Add lemon zest and edible lavender to decorate.

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Chocolate & Raspberry Microwave Mug Cake

It’s been a while! Summer happened, with vegan wedding cake orders and celebratory cakes that needed making in the cafe. Then of course there were much needed holidays. And Paris.

However, I have been inspired to film more baking adventures and finally have the time to post them. So without much further ado, here’s my baking video for another Vegan Mug cake. Dark chocolate and Raspberry this time and best microwaved until gooey, rather than cakey for a really intense sweet hit.

For other mug cake recipes (all vegan of course) try my White Chocolate and Green Tea for a caramel treat. My Vegan Lemon & Forest Fruits mug cake has a real jelly baby flavour. For a more intense chocolate hit go for my Chocolate and Banana mug cake. And if you prefer a traditional treat, try out my Bakewell Tart in a mug.

Microwave Cake. Chocolate and Raspberry, Vegan AND Soya Free

 

 

And if you need a recipe that’s printable, here you are

 

Microwave Mug Cake. Vegan and Soya Free. Chocolate and Raspberry cake, ready in minutes.

1// Use two Raspberry Green tea bags in a regular mug and pour on boiling water up until half way. Leave to cool.

2// In a fairly large, microwave safe mug, mix your dry ingredients.

1/3 Cup self raising Flour

1/4 cup Caster Sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Give them a good stir through

3// Then add your ‘wet’ ingredients to the mug

1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

3 Tablespoons Raspberry Green Tea

4// Give the mixture a good stir through and add 2 Tablespoons Dark Chocolate drops. Give the mixture another stir

5// Microwave on medium high for 1 1/2 minutes and leave for another 2/3 minutes. Mine was perfectly cake-like on the outside and gooey on the inside was was just heaven in a mug. But by all means, heat for another 30 seconds  if you prefer your cake to be like a cake!