After a friend and I conceded that our ‘writing sessions’ consisted of no writing, and were in fact an excuse for eating and nattering, we decided to give up the charade and have a baking day instead. The results were magnificent.
We started off with simple lemon butterfly cakes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. It’s the basic butterfly cake recipe but with the rind of one lemon in the batter and a splash of lemon juice in the icing. We added a layer of lemon curd before the icing to give it a bit more zest.
After finishing the cupcakes we where left with a mountain of butter icing. there was no alternative. we simply had to make another cake. We followed a Victoria Sponge recipe again from the Mary’s Bible. The only difference we made was to pour the rest of the lemon juice into the batter. I normally am shockingly bad at making large cakes. I can’t get the rise, it falls apart or end up making silly mistakes such as using 10 times the amount of poppy seeds in the butter icing for a carrot cake. Nobody wants crunchy icing! Happily there is no photographic evidence of this monstrosity.
However this cake, in my humble opinion, was perfection:
I can only assume it was my friends influence. We waited very patiently for the cake to cool before spreading lemon curd on the bottom layer and then slathering it with the remaining icing. We simply added a sprinkling of icing sugar and the masterpiece was complete.