Following on from my post from yesterday, the publishers at BBC Books have very kindly given me permission to share with you Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle traybake recipe, as taken from her book Mary Berry’s baking bible.
I made this cake for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Until then I had only really made flapjacks and brownies as a tray bake. I really wasn’t expecting the result to be so light and fluffy. I have to say it was totally delicious.
In Mary’s recipe she makes it as a Lemon Drizzle cake with a crunchy topping, but Tim requested a lemon glaze on top so I’ve added my little twist at the end. Don’t worry, I’ll give you Mary’s way too!
225g softened butter
225g caster sugar
275g self raising flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons milk
Finley grated rind of 2 lemons
The crunchy topping
175g granulated sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
The lemon glaze topping
200g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
How to make the cake
Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC/ Fan 140ºC / Gas 3. Grease a 30 x 23cm traybake tin then line with baking parchment.
Measure all the ingredients for the traybake
Place it all in a bowl and beat until well blended.
Let Darcey help!
Turn the mixture in to the prepared tin and level the top with a spatula.
Bake in the pre heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the cake has shrunk away from the sides of the tin and springs back when pressed in the centre with your fingertips. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, carefully peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
In Mary’s recipe she adds a crunchy topping.
Place the wire rack over a tray to catch any drips of the topping. To make the crunchy topping, mix the granulated sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the tray bake while it is still a little warm. Cut into 30 squares when cold.
I added a lemon glaze instead.
Mix up 200g icing sugar with the juice of one lemon so that it is quite runny. Set aside 30g of icing and mix with some yellow food colour. Pour the white icing over the whole cake. I like it to dribble over the sides! While the icing is still wet I added the yellow lines of icing.
Before the cake was even cold the whole gang descended on the cake! Tim loved it. The girls weren’t so impressed with the lemon icing! That just meant there was more for me and Tim.