Lemon and Poppyseed Cake with Sweet Lemon glaze

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Mix 4 eggs with 1.5 cups sugar until sugar is dissolved and is thick
Add 1/2 cup vegetable oil and mix until blended well.
Add 1 generous teaspoon of vanilla and mix
Add 2 cups plain flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt and mix.
Add the juice and zest of two lemons, two Tablespoons of poppyseeds and mix well until well combined.
Meanwhile, thinly slice a lemon and add to a pot with 1/2 cup sugar and about 1/4 cup water. Simmer until lemons begin to soften. Reserve the water.

In the bottom of your cake tin (oiled and floured) sprinkle some sugar on the bottom then Lay the sliced lemons that were cooked in sugar water, then add some extra sugar. Top with the cake mix and bake cake for about 50 minutes in 180C oven.

Once ready using the sugar water from the sliced lemons, add the juice of a lemon to it with 1/4 cup of additional sugar and simmer until is a bit thickened. Pour slowly over the cake.

Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

I wanted to bake a cake using the EasiYo yoghurt and see if it works as well as a regular ‘shop bought’ yoghurt. And yes it does !!

This cake is deliciously moist, rich and perfect with coffee or on it’s own like i’m scoffing a piece right now πŸ˜‰

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Ingredients

2 Cups self raising flour
1/2 Generous cups good quality Cocoa powder
1 Cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup Strawberry Jam
3/4 Cup sweetened Greek Yoghurt
3 Eggs
200g Melted butter

For the topping

1 Bag oreos
2 Cups icing sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla sugar
40g Soft butter
2 Tablespoons milk

Method

Preheat oven to 170C and line a round cake tin.

Combine the flour, cocoa and brown sugar. Add the rest of the cake ingredients and beat until fluffy – About 5 minutes or 2 minutes in a stand mixer.

Bake for approximately 1 hour in the middle of the oven or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool until completely cold.

Beat the icing sugar, vanilla sugar, butter and milk until smooth and of a spreadable consistency. Add more milk if mixture is too firm.

Spread onto the cold cake and decorate with halved Oreos and an Oreo crumb.

ENJOY !

Chocolate sheet cake

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When I saw this gorgeous recipe over on thekitchn.com website I KNEW I had to share. I love love love cake and an easy chocolate sheet cake made to share and take on picnics ticks all of the right boxes!

I have so many memories of different styles of sheet cakes with my kids. It’s a regular thing for me to whip up a quick cake and pack the children up and go to a park with the cake for snacking on. The kids can get all sugared up from the cake while mama relaxes with a thermos of coffee and watches them have fun. It’s lovely to get out and the memories of the day lasts for many years to come.

My 19 year old son still loves to talk about our picnic days when he was a little one and I’m sure it will be a tradition that he will pass along when he has his own children in the future.

Here are the ingredients for the cake, for the method, please see their blog by clicking HERE

How To Make Chocolate Sheet Cake

Makes 12

What You Need

Ingredients
For the cake:
Cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar (about 5 ounces)

For the method please see the blog over on thekitchen.com by clicking HERE

My FAVOURITE Banana Bread

I love Banana bread and this one is my all time favourite. So soft and rather cake like which completely appeals to my tastes. I hope you love it too.

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Smash up two big banana’s and add to a stand mixer or you can use your hand mixer…

Add a TBS pure vanilla extract and mix with a paddle for about 2 minutes.

Add to that 3 eggs, 120ml veggie oil, 180g natural yoghurt ( I used greek ), 150 g brown or raw sugar ( I used brown cos I am naughty ), 2.5 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground nutmeg and mix for another 2 minutes.

Add 400 grams self raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb soda, 1/2 tsp salt mix for another couple of minutes until well beaten and light.

Bake 180C in a lined loaf pan until skewer comes out clean.

Adapted recipe…

I used wholemeal flour with this one and added shredded coconut, chocolate chips, chopped dates and some honey. It was so delicious.

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