Lemon Drizzle Slices

Hi guys!

I am successfully moved out and ready to start my new role tomorrow, eek! I woke up in a happy and excited mood today, despite the clocks going forward, and decided to get my bake on.

These Lemon Drizzle Slices are my take on a regular lemon drizzle cake but smaller and with thicker icing (hello, sweet tooth). Super easy and delicious, and slightly spring-like in their colour too.

You will need:
120g butter
120g caster sugar
2 eggs
150g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
Zest of one lemon
Splash of milk

For the icing:
250g icing sugar
Juice of one lemon
Yellow food colouring (optional)

Grease and line a 20cm square tin and pre heat the oven to 180C.

Start off with making a regular sponge. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then whisk in the two eggs and vanilla essence. Sieve the baking powder and flour into the bowl and then fold in. Add a splash of milk, mix in and then fold in the lemon zest. Voila, your cake batter is ready to go! Spread into the tin (tip: I try and gently hollow out the centre of the cake to maximise the chance of getting a flat surface on top for icing..) then pop in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and a knife comes out clean from the centre of the cake. Then, remove from the oven and fully cool on a wire rack.

For the icing, mix the juice of a lemon with the icing sugar and stir well. If too stiff, add a couple of drops of water to get your desired thickness. If you want to add some spring-like yellow decoration then separate a couple of spoonfuls of your icing, add a drop of yellow food colouring and mix together.

Once the cake is cool, get icing! I covered the whole surface with white icing and then added some decoration with a criss-cross pattern, you can do whatever takes your fancy! Second tip: if you don't have a fancy schmancy icing bag, just pop the icing in a freezer bag and snip the corner off, works a treat!

Allow to set then cut up into squares/slices and devour. They are fab with natural yogurt or a mug of Earl Grey tea.

Would love to know if you give these a go, let me know in the comments or on Twitter!


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