Friday, February 25, 2011

Birthday Cake Joy!

birthday = birthday cake. presents are great but for me its all about the cake. this one was for ollie and her birthday celebrations. the cake was preceded by lunch in ten fourteen, where i had the most amazing sea bass. really good food and a really good cause : . thank you mr. and mrs. lyes!

yoghurt and lemon cake (adapted from a darina allen recipe)

200g self raising flour
4 eggs
225g natural yoghurt
200g golden castor sugar
110ml flavourless oil (i used groundnut oil)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest 1 lemon
8" cake tin

to dress the cake:
whipped cream
lemon curd

- whisk the eggs and add in the yoghurt, vanilla essence and zest.
- next sift the flour in and add the sugar. then add the oil in one steady stream, mixing thoroughly.
- pour into the tin and bake for about an hour in a 180 oven. (it might take longer or shorter depending on the oven. its done when a cake tester or knife, tested in the centre of the cake, comes out clean.)
- when the cake cooled i spread a generous layer of lemon curd on the top, then covered it in whipped cream. topping it off with fresh blueberries.

the big cut:

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