Monday, 18 November 2013

Mini Lemon & Ginger Drizzle Cakes

Lemon & Ginger Drizzle Cake

You might think lemon drizzle cake is already perfect, and far be it from me to criticise a quintessential British classic. It's certainly one of my favourite cakes.

But because it's one of my favourites, I thought maybe - just maybe - it could be improved.

Lemon and ginger makes for wonderful tea, so I had high hopes for its promise in cake form. I certainly wasn't disappointed in these little morsels.

Lemon & Ginger Drizzle Cake

Lemon & Ginger Drizzle Cakes
Makes 12

2 lemons
½ cup (100g, 4oz) candied ginger pieces
2 cups (350g, 12oz) plain flour
1 cup (220g, 8oz) caster sugar
2tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (120ml, 4 fl.oz) sunflower oil
½ cup (50g, 2oz) icing sugar
½tsp granulated sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F)
  2. Zest and juice the lemons. (If you don't have a zester, grate the zest from the lemons, or use a vegetable peeler and slice the zest into fine strips.)
  3. Finely chop the ginger (I made about 3mm cubes).
  4. Sift together the flour, caster sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Mix the lemon zest and ginger into the flour.
  6. Reserve 4tbsp of the lemon juice for the drizzle.
  7. Make up the remaining lemon juice to 1 cup (235ml) with cold water.
  8. Add the juice, water, and oil to the flour and mix thoroughly.
  9. Divide into 12 mini cake tins.
  10. Bake for around 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
  11. Make the drizzle by dissolving the icing sugar in the reserved lemon juice, and simmering over a low heat for a few minutes until it reduces by about half.
  12. While the cakes are still warm, arrange on a cooling tray and drizzle the tops with the lemon mixture. (You'll probably want to have a plate or baking tray under the cooling tray to catch all the drips!)
  13. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar onto each cake for extra crunch.


Angie Schneider said...

These are a great tea/coffee accompaniment! I love the flavour combo of these little beauties.

jual jaket kulit said...

look realy interesting and nice article i like and enjoy...

Cate @ Chez CateyLou said...

A drizzle cake - I love that name! These are so cute, and they look delicious!

Rachel said...

Lemon and ginger is a great combination, and these should cook so quickly there's no risk of them getting dry.

Velva said...

I was thinking a really hot, strong cup of coffee and a couple of these drizzle cakes would be absolutely delightful!

Anonymous said...

Once again you bring me English things I have not heard of but I'm so glad you did! I think lemon and ginger sound wonderful. As long as the lemon is not too overpowering.

Lavender and Lime ( said...

Great flavour combination :)

Deena Kakaya said...

I may have said it before, but I will say it again...lemons drizzle is my ultimate craving food and your recipe looks easy and gorgeous, x

Amy said...

Your cakes look adorable and I definitely love the flavor combination. :) Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

oh cool idea to add ginger and love mini cakes

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker said...

These are delicious looking Rachel! Anything baked with lemon is fabulous in my book. Lovely post.

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

Those are delicious looking and I love love lemon in cooking and baking! found you through SITS..nice to meet you!


Khloé Belle Gadson said...

Nom.. Nom!!
I love lemon anything....This looks so delicious!!!

Visiting from #sitssharefest

Keep it Touched,

Heidi Fuqua said...

Oh, what a great combination lemon and ginger. Thanks for the great new recipe.

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