Recipe time! I’ve had a few requests for this recipe so here it is – you can make it either just gluten free or gluten and dairy free, you just use different butters depending on what you want. I also do various decorations for this cake, the first time I did it for a friends birthday so I crystallised some edible flowers for decoration… but you can really do whatever you fancy. Grated lemon rind sprinkled over the top always makes for a pretty cake, and recently I used little sugared lemons and dotted them around the outside of the cake… just be creative & enjoy!
Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Drizzle Cake
Makes one round 7 inch cake, serves 8-10.
Oven temperature – 180C/160C fan/350F/gas mark 4
225g/8oz gluten-free self raising flour
1tsp gluten-free baking powder
3/4 tsp of xanthan gum
225g/8oz soft butter/margarine (if you want to make it dairy free then just use dairy free butter, I used the Pure Sunflower dairy free butter and it worked well)
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 medium free-range eggs
Juice and rind of half a lemon (I always use a bit more because I like my cake to be very moist and lemony)
110g/4oz icing sugar, sifted
Juice and rind of half a lemon (the rind is for decoration if this is what you choose to do)
1. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
2. In a different bowl, sieve together the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum. Fold in the creamed mixture using a metal spoon. Add the juice and rind of half a lemon (or more).
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin lined with grease proof baking paper. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and springs back when touched.
4. Once you have taken it out of the oven, leave it in the tin for 15-20 minutes until it has cooled slightly. Then remove from the tin, peal off paper and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
5. Once the cake is completely cool, mix the sifted icing sugar with the lemon juice. The icing should coat the back of the spoon, if it is too stiff it won’t run down the sides of the cake.
6. Pour icing over the top of the cake and allow to run down the sides. Sprinkle with the lemon zest or whatever other decoration you fancy.