Lemon Drizzle Bribery Loaf

Everyone who knows me well, knows I can’t cook, don’t cook and won’t cook. They may be surprised to know that I do make a mean lemon drizzle cake, a seriously mean one at that.

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I don’t actually know what came over me today, Saturday of all days (my girly shopping day) but I donned my domestic goddess hat (I didn’t go as far as the apron) and I baked a cake. At the risk of sounding like a Stepford Wife (which I am so not), the other half will be uber impressed and I fully intend to serve it to him while dropping hints for a Caribbean holiday I’ve seen on the internet. Oh the powers of a woman with a sneaky mind.

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Anyway to make my lemon drizzle schmizzle cake and sweet talk your hubby/boyfriend/partner/wife/girlfriend/bit on the side or anyone else you want to go on holiday with, here’s what you’ll need (alter the quantities according – but I made a humongous cake – it’s an expensive holiday!!):

For the cake…

6 large eggs
340g self raising flour
340g caster sugar
340g unsalted butter
The zest of 2 large lemons

For the drizzle…

120g icing sugar
The juice of the 2 lemons you’ve just grated the zest off

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Now I’m not an expert cook/chef/baker (M & S Dine in for Two is about my limit – I think I keep their profits up!!) so if I can manage to make this cake, anyone can.

All you have to do is cream all the cake ingredients together (because I’m a greedy guts and am making a big cake, the creaming took ages and made my arms ache…but you could you use a food processor). Grate the rind of the lemons (mind the knuckles!!) and add the zest to the mixture.

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Then pour the mixture into a pre greased loaf tin. Pop it into the oven for about an hour at 180 (I did have to keep checking as it was a large loaf tin and seemed to be taking ages).

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Once cooked, bring it out of the oven, remove from cake tin and prod holes all over the cake going right down to the bottom.
Juice the 2 lemons that you previously grated and add this to the icing sugar.

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Once its a smooth runny consistency, pour the glaze all over the cake and leave to drizzle and soak in.

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And hey presto…one very moist, very scrummy cake that the other half will love!! How can he not whip out his credit card and book a holiday now eh??

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And for an extra lemon kick (as if it needs it), add a thick dollop of lemon curd and spread over….

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If the bribery works and he/she books a holiday, you might want to lay off the cake yourself, its far too calorie laden for a pre holiday diet….

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