Earlier in the week, I received a super email surprise from the friendly pony – a request for a cake!
The pony’s colleague officially received a doctorate this week, so, OF COURSE, this meant a cake to celebrate.
We found out that her favourite cake was lemon drizzle, but the traditional loaf shaped drizzle cake just didn’t seem celebration-y enough for someone clever enough to be a doctor.
Instead, I decided on a plain lemon sponge, sandwiched with lemon curd (the same leftovers I mentioned in the Lemon Curd Cake post).
The only thing I couldn’t decide on was how to ice the cake. Drizzle would have probably been the best tasting, and obviously the most like an actual drizzle cake, but the friendly pony wanted a congratulatory message on top, which I didn’t think would have worked on a drizzle.
I considered making sugar paste or fondant icing, dying it bright yellow and having white icing, but as I couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t make enough to ice three wedding cakes, we settled on a lemon buttercream (a favourite of the pony who pretty much thinks the sicklier the better).
Once the cake was iced (using my new-found crumb coating technique and a brand new spatula!) we left it overnight, as I didn’t have any icing sugar left to make writing icing, and a trot to the shops wasn’t particularly appealing.
However, I couldn’t stop thinking that the cake didn’t quite look finished, so I leapt out of bed at 6.50 in the morning to start melting chocolate.
The finished cake, with dark chocolate writing, looked much better, and I was happy to send it away with the pony to work.
I didn’t try any of it myself, but I’ve been assured that it was enjoyed by everyone, although I think you probably do need to have a bit of a sweet tooth.
Congratulations Dr. Daniels!
Lemon Cake fit for a Doctor
- 225g butter
- 225g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- Zest of 2 lemons, juice of 1
- 225g self raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 3-4 tablespoons lemon curd
- 125g butter
- 250g icing sugar
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 50g dark chocolate (although this left me with quite a bit spare)