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Baking | Sunshiny Lemon & Poppyseed Cake

Baking | Sunshiny Lemon & Poppyseed Cake

I love just about any version of a lemon drizzle cake, so when this delicious, and super easy, Sunshiny Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake, from my favourite gal, Julia Busuttil Nishimura came across my screen last week I just had to give it a try.

Not quite a one-pot wonder, but even so, you just whizz it together, and then impatiently wait for it to bake, so that you can enjoy a slice asap, still warm from the oven.

lemon poppyseed cake

3 eggs

180g caster sugar

200g butter, softened

juice and zest of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons full cream milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

200g self-raising flour

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven 180 degrees C. Grease & line a 23cm loaf tin with baking paper.

Beat the sugar & butter in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the lemon juice, zest, milk and vanilla, and mix well. It may look curdled at this point, but it will come together once the flour is incorporated.

Gently fold in the flour and poppy seeds and mix until fully combined. Pour into the prepared tin and bake until the top springs back when pressed (approximately 40 -45 minutes). Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then tip onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

 lemon poppyseed cake

While the cake is cooking, make the lemon icing -

200g icing sugar, sifted

70g sour cream

zest of a lemon

juice of half a lemon

Combine the icing sugar, sour cream and most of the lemon zest in a bowl. Add in the lemon juice, a little at a time, until you have a thick but pourable icing. Pour over the cooled cake and spread to cover, allowing it to drip down the sides. Sprinkle the remaining lemon zest on the top.

lemon poppyseed cake

lemon poppyseed cake

Even Maude fancied a piece! So delicious.

Amanda xx

Find Julia's fabulous cookbook, A Year Of Simple Family Food, at Small Acorns here.

Follow her on Instagram @juliaostro

And, she has a new You Tube channel - Ostro - Cooking with Julia Busuttil Nishimura