Lemon Iced Sponge Cake

My birthday cake this time, artfully decorated with Lego people determined to cut a slice!  Its a Victoria sponge with butter cream in the middle and icing on top.  The icing is very very lemony!

Lemon Cakes

Every Wednesday my daughter’s class at school take it in turns to bring in cakes, lucky children!  It was our turn last week and we did a variation on my daughter’s favourite, lemon drizzle cake with lemon butter cream icing.

Birthday Cake

This is a cautionary tale for those who leave baking a birthday cake until the last minute…  First I ran out of caster sugar, so I improvised with soft brown sugar and had a 50/50 mix.  The sponge was surprisingly still light but took on a caramel colour. I rather liked it.  The flavour was nice, it was a little richer than the standard sponge and made a nice change.  Disaster averted. Once cooled I made butter icing but, typically, I didn’t have enough icing sugar so once again resorted to soft brown sugar. Not as successful as when combined with caster sugar in the cake mixture but still worked and we had a birthday cake, albeit rather beige.  Overall I was pleased with the cake, but in retrospect perhaps I should have made the numbers a little more subtle…

Alpine Strawberry Tea

Alpine Strawberries 15We are so lucky to have wild strawberries growing in our garden!  They are small and sharp and full of flavour and make a lovely decoration for an iced cake.  I made a light sponge loaf and topped it with a sharp lemon icing to contrast with the strawberries and served it with cucumber sandwiches and a red berry herb tea.