A not too lemony lemon cake covered in a chocolate glaze icing. Very similar to a Madeira cake in taste and texture, but with the added bonus of some lush chocolate.
Never let it be said that I fail to keep my powder dry. Here’s a post I’ve just found from August 2012 that has yet to see the light of day on my blog – until now.
Lemon Cake with Chocolate Icing
Not a grand cake for CTs birthday, but a nice simple one that would travel well and his mother would enjoy. The day after his birthday CT was leaving to visit her for a few days and given that we were going to spend his actual birthday out and about I didn’t think there would be much room left for cake anyway.
With an organic lemon in need of using up and some home made lemon curd, it had to be some sort of lemon cake. When I did a search on Eat Your Books for lemon and chocolate, a recipe for lemon drizzle with chocolate chunks came up from G&Bs Unwrapped. Brilliant, I would make the lemon cake, swirl through some lemon curd rather than adding chocolate and make a chocolate topping instead.
I was right, we were so full from lunch, we only managed a small slice each when we got home. The cake was delicious though and my concern that lemon wouldn’t go desperately well with chocolate was unfounded. It tasted just like Madeira cake and because I’d forgotten to add the lemon curd, it wasn’t too lemony.
Despite a really busy week at work I managed to take the day off. In true botanist style, CT chose to spend the day visiting gardens and nurseries in and around the English Riveria – in other words, across the border and into Devon. Amazingly it didn’t rain and we had a lovely day.
We had lunch at The Combe Sellers, a pub restaurant right on the banks of the River Teign. The food was really good and the setting was lovely. As well as a celebratory glass of Pimms, we finished up with a sharing dessert platter which was responsible for us only managing a sliver of cake when we got home.
Other Lemon Cakes You Might Like
- Almond lemon cake
- Blueberry & lemon muffins (vegan)
- Citrus drizzle cake (vegan)
- Fig, lemon & marzipan bundt cake
- Ginger chocolate cupcakes with lemon
- Lemon caraway seed cake
- Lemon coconut cakes with freekah flour
- Matcha green tea & lemon madeleines
- Nettle cakes with lemon & white chocolate
- Poppy seed & lemon traybake
- Spinach cake with lemon
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Lemon Cake with Chocolate Icing – The Recipe
Lemon Cake with Chocolate Icing
- 125 g unsalted butter - softened
- 125 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
- 1 large organic lemon
- 2 large eggs
- 150 g flour (half wholemeal, half plain) and
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 25 g golden caster sugar
- 25 ml water
- 40 g milk chocolate - chopped (I used Green & Black's)
- 5 g unsalted butter
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Finely grate in the lemon zest and cream some more. I find a microplane is ideal for this.
- Beat in the eggs, one by one.
- Sift in the flours along with the baking powder and stir.
- Add the milk and lemon juice and stir gently until just incorporated.
- Spoon into a 2lb silicone loaf mould or lined tin and level the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 40 minutes or until well risen and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out more or less clean.
- Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Simmer the sugar with the water in a small pan for a couple of minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
- Allow to cool a little, then stir in the chocolate.
- Stir until smooth, then add the butter and stir again.
- When cool but still just about runny, pour over the cake.
- Decorate with yellow sugar strands if desired.
It just so happens that this month’s Love Cake theme over at JibberJabberUK is Feeling Fruity. So this lemony cake is winging its way in that direction.