Lemon and Almond Cake and a Giveaway #33

 This cake is the one I had wanted to make for CTs birthday – he likes these flavours and they seem sort of light and summery somehow. Fates conspired as they often do and he ended up not getting a birthday cake at all – well not until now anyway. I’ve been awaiting delivery of a much coveted silicone cake mould from the ingenious Mustard. I have seen several cakes made with it on the internet over the last few weeks and I was keen to try it for myself. Its scalloped edges resemble a daisy flower which cunningly, when cut into six slices, comes out in a series of heart shapes. As well as being quite sturdy for a silicone mould, it’s nice and deep too, so it can make one very deep cake or can be cut into two or even three and sandwiched with something delicious.

No sooner did it arrive than I was busy in the kitchen with bowl and wooden spoon, humming a tune as I whipped and folded. I dithered for a little as to whether I should use white or dark chocolate in this cake. I was going to use white initially as it’s nice to have a pale sponge from time to time, but in the end I thought a few flecks of very dark bitter chocolate would help take the edge off the sweetness.

It was one of those days when everything seems to go wrong and it probably wasn’t the most auspicious for making a cake. I managed to burn our first crop of beetroot and my favourite saucepan was a complete write-off. However, despite leaving the cake in the oven five minutes more than intended, the slightly darkened top hid a light, moist, buttery and most delicious sponge. The top was in fact very tasty with a satisfying caramalised nutty crunch to it. CT was so impressed he had to have a second slice immediately after finishing his first – that was a 2nd of the half slices I hasten to add. The heart slices looked very impressive, but they are also rather on the generous side. Half a slice of this rather large cake is fine for most, though obviously not for CT.

PS – Having sampled a little more on day two, I have come to the conclusion that this is one of the most delicious cakes I’ve baked in a long time. It must be that heart – I’m in love.

You can see more reviews and recipes using this mould here:

Black Forest Cake at Elizabeth’s Kitchen
Raspberry and Gooseberry Cake at The Caked Crusader
Raspberry Rose and Almond Cake at Belleau Kitchen
Strawberry Brownies at Home Baked

As this was a belated birthday cake for CT whose birthday is at the height of summer and with the heart shaped slices denoting love, I am sending this to Calendar Cakes where the theme is Summer Lovin. This is a monthly challenge hosted alternately by Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes.

I’m also entering this into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays, whereby all entries must be made entirely from scratch.



Lemon Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate Flakes
Serves 12
A large and delicious lemony cake flecked with chocolate and with a crunchy topping.
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  1. 250g Unsalted butter
  2. 250g Golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  3. 3 Duck eggs (large hens eggs are fine)
  4. 1 Lemon – zest and juice
  5. 200g Flour (I used half wholemeal & half plain white)
  6. 2 tsp Baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  8. 75g Ground almonds
  9. 25g Very dark chocolate (I used 100% cocoa solids) – grated
  10. 25g Flaked almonds
  11. 2 tbsp Demerara sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  2. Grate in the lemon zest and cream some more.
  3. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir gently until just incorporated.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice.
  6. Gently stir in the chocolate.
  7. Spoon into a 23 cm cake mould or better still an I Love Cake mould.
  8. Mix the demerara sugar and flaked almonds together then scatter over the top of the cake.
  9. Bake at 180°C for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Leave to cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack covered in greaseproof paper to avoid the rack pattern being imprinted onto the cake.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Mustard have kindly offered two Heart Cake Moulds as a giveaway on Chocolate Log Blog. 

To be in with a chance of winning one of these silicone moulds, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Mustard and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
If you need some help using Rafflecopter, here’s a quick clip to show you how.
Closing date is Saturday 7 September 2013

You might want to take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

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    Tracy K Nixon
    10th August 2013

    William and Kate – because I think they make a lovely couple and will make great parents too!

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      11th August 2013

      Thank you very much Lindsey. I hope to see you back again. Almond works so well in cakes as it helps to keep them moist and delicious.

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    10th August 2013

    My friend Doreen, who broke her arm and could use a treat!

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    belleau kitchen
    10th August 2013

    Gorgeous cake C. I love the lemon and almond combo too. It’s very sophisticated I think. The dark choc must make it even more so. My cake came out very dark too. I think it’s such a large cake mould I wasn’t sure how long to let it cook. Still tasted damn fine. Thanks for the link x

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      11th August 2013

      Thanks Dom, it’s great cake mould. I’m not using to making cakes quite as deep as this, so wasn’t too sure how long to cook it for.

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    Angela Darroch
    10th August 2013

    Such a romantic!! and those slices look just the right size for me. I’ve seen a few lovely posts now with this mould so I’m off to try and win myself one.

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      11th August 2013

      Thanks Phil, I think it must have been the combination of a mighty fine sponge with the crunchy nutty topping, but it turned out to be a particularly good cake.

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    10th August 2013

    I’d like to give a heart shaped caked to my best friend!

    Janey x

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    10th August 2013

    I live in Australia so I cant enter the competition but I will tell you who I would make the heart shaped cake for anyway….My hubby, because this Sunday, 18th August is our wedding anniversary of 23 years!

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    11th August 2013

    I would love to win this – I’d make the first cake for my family, the second for my wider family, and the third for my workmates. I love to bake. Haven’t set up blogging yet, but maybe this would inspire me.

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    Joanna @ Zeb Bakes
    11th August 2013

    I love the look of this cake and commiserations on burning the pan with the beetroot. That cake looks delicious and I might just have a go at something similar. The cake mould reminds me of a waffle pan, where you break the big waffle into individual hearts. Clever idea! x Joanna

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      Joanna @ Zeb Bakes
      11th August 2013

      was I supposed to say who I would give a piece too? not done a rafflecopter thingy before. I would give you a piece 🙂

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      11th August 2013

      Ahh, thank you Joanna. I would love to have a piece of your cake. I’ve never seen a waffle pan or had heart shaped waffles – like that idea too. Yes, you did right in saying who you wanted to give a slice of cake too here 🙂

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    11th August 2013

    I like almond, and a touch of lemon sounds an interesting combination – to try!

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      11th August 2013

      Thanks Candy. A touch of lemon is a good description. This wasn’t an overwhelmingly lemon cake but it had a great flavour and worked well with the almond.

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    Rachel Cotterill
    11th August 2013

    Aww, that’s cute! It’s my husband’s birthday soon, this would be a perfect mould for his bday cake.

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    Nefir A
    11th August 2013

    My boyfriend, it’s his birthday in October and I’m planning his cake already ^.^

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      12th August 2013

      Thanks Johanna. I remember I used to get so cross with my mother for doing things like that and now I find myself doing it a little too requently – aghhhh!

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    The Caked Crusader
    11th August 2013

    Even I thought the hearts made big slices! I agree with you re the depth – it’s a mould that can take a lot of mix; perfect for celebration cakes

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    12th August 2013

    I have been coveting this mould for a while now and would bake hearts for my lovely husband, who has been my rock this past year or so that I have been ill. Vohn x

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    Karen Cowley
    12th August 2013

    to my sister , she really does deserve this after a hard time, thanks for the chance to win this , xx cake recipes look delicious by the way xx

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    12th August 2013

    My Grandchildren I love them all equally

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    12th August 2013

    I might not be the best baker in town, but this mould would make it look like I am! This is fantastic!

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    12th August 2013

    My best friend – to whom I am fortunate enough to be married

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    margaret moe dunlop
    12th August 2013

    my fiance, our 2 kids & our grandson xxx

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    12th August 2013

    The obvious person to give heart shaped cake to is my wonderful boyfriend Cefyn… but I’d like to share the love with my office and give them all heart shaped slices of cake! I love baking for my officemates!

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    Vicki Harper-Ward
    12th August 2013

    Yay I want one of these, we haven’t had a kitchen for over six months and have just had an oven delivered for fitting in September so I would love one so that my first bake in my new oven is a heart shaped cake for my new baby boy 🙂

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    Dawn Wilkinson
    12th August 2013

    Would be my friend who bakes lovely cakes

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    12th August 2013

    my niece Charley – she always shares her cake with me

    Kathy D

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    12th August 2013

    My friend who is going through a rough time, a heart shaped slice of cake is bound to make things feel a little brighter! Jodie J

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    Susan Naylor
    12th August 2013

    My dog Buster, who is my companion and best friend.

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    Laura Kaye
    12th August 2013

    My family are really into baking and my sister would love this. it can be difficult to get hold of unusual shapes 🙁

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    Javelin Warrior
    12th August 2013

    I love the 5-minutes-overdone caramelized top, Choclette! It looks to tasty and the almonds are extra toasted… I don’t know that I’ve ever had lemon with dark chocolate together in a cake before, so I’m intrigued – as I love both types of cake separately and union seems inevitable 🙂

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    Lynne Durkin
    12th August 2013

    My daughter is taking food tech GCSE next year and loves making cakes, this would be ideal for her.

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    13th August 2013

    Duck eggs! That’s interesting – do you think there are benefits to using one over the other? Have never used them in my baking before.

    For the Rafflecopter, I would bake my boyfriend one, because he is a sweetie 😀

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    13th August 2013

    My husband.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

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    Sarah Birkett
    13th August 2013

    my entire family, although I love them far too much to actually bake for them, I will give this to my daughter who is an amazing cook.

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    14th August 2013

    looks yummy
    from samantha price

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    Jane Willis
    17th August 2013

    My husband has been so wonderfully helpful and supportive recently he really deserves a heart shaped cake. In fact I might even make him a coffee flavoured one, which I detest, just to show it’s all for him

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    Lucy Mayer
    17th August 2013

    My hubby… although he may be offended if I only offer him one of the slices…. 🙂

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    17th August 2013

    I love to make cake for everyone but recently my mum hasn’t been well so she’d be the top of my list.

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    18th August 2013

    my sister, its her birthday today actually, made her a choc fudge cake, not heart shaped though lol

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    18th August 2013

    as my o.h, is trying to lose weight, i would share with him, knowing i would get the lions share

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    penny harper
    18th August 2013

    My hubby is diabetic but every now and then I allow him a special treat. And boy!, what a special treat this will be.

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    Alex Cox
    18th August 2013

    I think I would have to share it with my cake mad little girl whether I wanted to or not! Lol 🙂

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    Cate E
    19th August 2013

    My husband, son and daughter (am I allowed to give away three heart shaped pieces?!).

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    19th August 2013

    My little grandson, would be great for his 2nd birthday in September

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    Faye Huntington
    19th August 2013

    Alas I am not in a relationship.. so my heart belongs entirely to my mum! With love, Faye xx

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    19th August 2013

    I’d have to make this cake to share with my youth group – though I think we might need more than one!

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    Laura Loves Cakes
    21st August 2013

    High praise indeed if this is one of the tasty cakes you’ve made in a while! I love the heart shaped slices too..genius. The flavours do sound very summery! Thanks for entering this into Calendar Cakes 🙂

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    Dawn Munday
    25th August 2013

    Ohh I missed this post somehow. I would give a heart shaped piece of cake to my other half. One of these cake tines would be perfect for making a birthday cake for him. I think I’d have to make a second cake for my mum as well!

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    25th August 2013

    As you can make 6 heart shaped slices, I’d give a piece each to my husband, my two daughters, my parents and then a slice is left for me 🙂 What a great mould, so effective!

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    Laura Denman
    25th August 2013

    I love almond cakes and so does my fammily so I would serve a slice to them all =)(Not sure if I’ve already entered as I can’t find my comment so sorry if I have. I still love the cake idea though!)

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    25th August 2013

    myself! – its about time I got to eat some of the cakes I bake

  48. Leave a Reply

    25th August 2013

    My mum, it would be a lovely treat for her

  49. Leave a Reply

    25th August 2013

    Cake looks very nice, those heart moulds are perfect 🙂

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    26th August 2013

    My kids and my family when they arrive to the UK from Australia in Sept for 6 weeks


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    jessica agyin
    26th August 2013

    i would share a slice with my loving fiance who is taking me to spain in sept for a romantic get away

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    Liz B
    27th August 2013

    My lovely son – he’s had a hard time the last couple of years but is getting through it now, more positive and ready for his GCSE year !!

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    30th August 2013

    my handsome daughter, my darling daughter and my sulky son!

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    31st August 2013

    My beautiful girlfriend, and if I’m lucky she’ll see this and make me a heart shaped cake………….mmmmmmm cake!!!!

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    2nd September 2013

    My hubby 🙂
    Helen booth

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    liz ferguson
    4th September 2013

    Everyone in my circle. It would be quicker to say who I don’t love enough .. no one.

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    cherry hough
    4th September 2013

    my nan because i don’t see her that much since i moved and i miss her little visits on the way back from her doing her tescos shop lol

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    5th September 2013

    I should say my other half but I want it all for me………………………..

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    Kirsty N
    5th September 2013

    To my fiancé…it’s our 5 year anniversary at the end of September so I would bake him his favourite cake!

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    5th September 2013

    My mum – who’s a great baker so there’s pressure on me.

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    5th September 2013

    My husband we are just about to celebrate our 18th anninversary

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    Brenda Wilkes
    5th September 2013

    Has to be my husband since my dog doesn’t eat cake!

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    6th September 2013

    My sister who is taking a 2 hour train journey just to look after my 20 month ds and 6 week dd while we go to a funeral for a few hours, so greatful to her!

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    Jenny Rogers
    6th September 2013

    My mom and my sisters

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    Joanne Benham
    6th September 2013

    My hubby and my kiddies 🙂 x

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    Katrina Adams
    6th September 2013

    My lovely husband who always tells me how everything I cook is yummy…He makes the right yummy noises and everything…even when I’ve had a kitchen disaster lol. Love him.

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    6th September 2013

    My two kiddies – they love cake almost as much as they love me (although they’d probably disagree and say they love it more)!!

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    6th September 2013

    id give a slice to my mum. she’s the best and loves cake

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    6th September 2013

    i win for my wife give it to her then she can bake me a cake
    mark tebbutt

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    6th September 2013

    My sister. She is just setting up a cake making business so this would be a lovely edition to her kit!

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    rachael jones
    6th September 2013

    each of my 3 beautiful boys and my fella !

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    Nancy Bradford
    6th September 2013

    My lovely children.

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    Pam Lawrence
    6th September 2013

    Boring i know, but … Hubby! He makes me feel special every day, he’s kind, he drives me crazy sometimes, and i wouldn’t change him for the world. So i would bake his favourite lemon drizzle cake in the heart-shaped mould because he deserves it x

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    Rachel Butler
    7th September 2013

    I love to use the mould and make a chocolate cake and split it in half and give one half to my husband and one half to my son! And when I say husband, I’d probably eat it myself! 🙂

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    Sue McCarthy
    7th September 2013

    My adorable boyfriend Adam

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    Ali S
    7th September 2013

    My gorgeous kids, it’s my daughters birthday next month I’m making her cake 🙂

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    Dawn thompson
    7th September 2013

    Id give it to one of my best friends to make her smile 🙂

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    7th September 2013

    I would say my husband, but on account of his meanness i will say Gary Barlow My future Husband!!)

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    Vicki Sherman
    7th September 2013

    My gorgeous son and my gorgeous fiance will have a piece each….I’ll be having the rest (grins)

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    7th September 2013

    I would give it to my hubby as i love him so much and i would make it chocolate – after all it is my favourite too.

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