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March 22, 2010

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Can I have some?? It looks delicious and I'm hungry :(

Simnel cake - hey that looks yummy! Send any leftovers to me please

I'm baking mad....and i am blown away by that simnel cake! Well done beth, it looks amazing.

I like the rules of cake club. And the cakes look very impressive. You need a milk jug though.

How do you join cake club?? I'd love to join. I love baking!!

Awww, man. I wish I were there - tea and cake...what more could you want.

I second Smudges' comment. I'm addicted to baking. I'd love to join the cake club x

What is the receipe for basil and lemon cake- they sound scrummy!

Hi Katy

No problem.

For the cake:
125g (4½ oz) butter, softened
125g (4½ oz) caster sugar
Finely grated zest ½ large lemon (keeping the zest of the remaining ½ lemon for the lemon icing)
2 eggs, beaten
150g (5oz) self raising flour
6 Basil leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the lemon butter icing:
75g (3oz) butter, softened
125g (4 ½ oz) icing sugar, sifted
Finely grated zest of ½ large lemon
1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Some mini eggs for decoration

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a 12-hole cake tin with 12 paper cases.
Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Add the sugar and grated lemon zest and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, then sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, until risen and golden. When cooked, the centre of each cake should be slightly springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool before you ice them.
To make the lemon butter icing, cream the butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon or hand-held electric beater until very soft. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat into the butter, along with the lemon zest and enough lemon juice to soften the icing, to a spreadable consistency.
When the cupcakes are cool, spread a generous heaped teaspoon of lemon butter icing over the top of each one or use a piping bag if you want a fancy swirly effect. Decorate as you like!

Hope this was useful. Happy baking.

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