Mother’s Day is the one day of the year where mothers worldwide should be appreciated. It’s a day to show them how much you care. Although it may never seem enough, it’s a way to thank them for all the amazing work that they do.
To me though, it’s a big waste of time. The thought that you should only spend one day showing your mum some love is ridiculous! I mean, this is the women who raised you and made you who you are. You should show this type of thanks every day of the year, and not just when you’re told to.
Finding The Perfect Gift
People do all types of things on Mother’s Day to try to give their mum a rest. From pamper days, breakfast in bed to the last minute forgotten about ‘best-mum’ mug. Over the years, I’ve given my mum a few dodgy gifts. And I’m sure that at times, she wished that I hadn’t even bothered. At one point, I thought that it was a great idea to hand make all my gifts. But for some reason, they never seemed to turn out that well. One year, I painted a rock which I found in the garden and convinced myself that it was the shape of a heart. I’m sure it was if you squinted and put your head to the side. Yep, not very successful, and although she assured me that she loved it (wink, wink). I’m sure it was something that she could probably have done without.
But it’s true that the best things are where love and time are involved, and it always seems to make it seem more special. In my house, Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse for lots of homemade cakes and cookies. To me, Mother’s Day is all about sweet treats and afternoon tea. And always has to involve eating way too much food!
In the past I’ve put on a few spreads. With everything from chocolate cakes, to scones, Victoria sandwiches, macaroons and cookies. So, when it came to this year’s Mother’s Day gifts I knew it was going to be something that my mum would love and appreciate… The classic, irresistible, delicious lemon drizzle cake.
Moist, soft and perfectly scrumptious. This cake has a serious lemon kick, and the syrup poured on top seems to only increase the flavour intensity. This is one of the easiest cakes that I’ve ever made. Only a small list of ingredients all thrown in together and left to cook.
This no-fail, rich lemon cake is completely irresistible. When I asked my mum what type of cake she wanted, I was completely delighted when she chose this lemon drizzle cake. This classic lemon drizzle is the perfect way to show your mum that you care. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple…
Happy Mother’s Day,
Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe:
Perfectly moist, and deliciously lemony. This cake is a definite tea time winner!
Yields: 1 kg Loaf
- 175 g / 6 oz Self Raising Flour
- 175 g / 6 oz Margarine (I always use Stork)
- 88 g / 3 oz Caster Sugar
- 3 Medium Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- Zest of 2 Lemons
For the Lemon Syrup:
- Juice of 2 Lemons
- 115 g / 4 oz Caster Sugar
- Preheat oven to 180*c/350*f/Gas Mark 4/160*c Fan Oven.
- Place all the ingredients for the cake into an electric mixer, and beat together until light and fluffy.
- Grease and line a 1 kg loaf tin, and spoon in the mixture.
- Cook for 45 minutes to an hour checking regularly, or until light and fluffy. You can tell it’s ready when it springs back when lightly pressed. You could also insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean, then the cake is ready.
- Once ready, remove from the oven.
- Whilst you’re waiting for the cake to cook, make the lemon syrup.
- Place the ingredients into a saucepan, and lightly until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Using a sharp knife, pierce holes into the top of the cake, ensuring you go all the way down to the bottom.
- Pour the lemon drizzle all over the cake. It may seem a lot of syrup, but the more that’s added results in a moister taste. But feel free to add less if desired.
- Sprinkle a layer of sugar on top, to give it a nice crunchy outing.
- Allow it to sit in the tin for roughly 5 minutes, then turn it out of the tin.
- Cut a nice, thick slice, put the kettle on, and enjoy a slice of cake!
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