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Lemon and lavender loaf cake

Lemon and lavender loaf cake

This is such a simple cake - a variation on the classic lemon drizzle - and it works a treat. It has a wonderful, light texture, a very fresh taste and it looks incredibly pretty – perfect with a cuppa on a sunny afternoon.

You can buy dried, edible lavender from baking suppliers and some supermarkets. Alternatively, if you have lavender growing in your garden, you can use fresh buds and leaves, finely chopped.

Ingredients

For the cake
For the lemon drizzle
For the topping
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp edible lavender

Preparation method

  1. Heat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a 1kg/2lb 4oz loaf tin (around 10x20cm/4x8in base measurement) with baking parchment.

  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, raising agents, sugar, lavender and lemon zest.

  3. In a jug, beat the eggs with the yoghurt and melted butter. Pour this onto the dry ingredients and, using a spatula, stir until just combined.

  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  5. Remove the cake from the oven and prick it deeply all over with a cocktail stick.

  6. Mix the ingredients for the drizzle together and pour over the hot cake. Sprinkle over the granulated sugar and then the lavender. Leave to cool completely in the tin before slicing.

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