Lemon and Walnut Cake

Let them eat cake.

Marie Antoinette

Birthdays without cake are like Christmas without turkey, Easter without chocolate, pantomime without tights. Whether it be rich and gooey chocolate cake or sponge filled with jam and loaded with sweet, fluffy frosting; design and flavour in the eye of the one blowing out the candles.

The sharpness of this lemon cake filled with lemon curd and smothered in lemon butter cream is offset wonderfully with smooth, mellow walnuts.

Ingredients

Cake Batter

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon curd for filling

Lemon Butter Icing

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • Rind and juice 1 lemon
  • 12 walnut halves to decorate

Method

Preheat oven to moderate: 350° Fahrenheit, 180° Celsius, Gas Mark 4.

Grease 2 (8×8) baking tins and dust with flour.

Add room temperature butter and sugar to a mixing bowl. Cream together with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until white and soft. Add the eggs, one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar, stirring until incorporated.

Blend the chopped walnuts in a food processor. Add to a bowl with the flour and baking powder.

Gradually fold the dry ingredients and the milk into the batter. When combined mix in the lemon juice.

Divide the batter evenly between the 2 cake tins and smooth with a palette knife.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Cake is ready when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Leave to cool for 20 minutes before turning onto a cooling rack.

Only decorate once cake completely cold.

Lemon Butter Icing Method

Beat the butter until white and fluffy, before gradually adding the icing sugar, once smooth mix in the lemon juice.

Spread one half of the cake with lemon curd and place the other half on top.

Pile lemon butter icing on top of the cake, smooth with a palette knife until none of the cake is visible. Decorate with the walnut halves.

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