Tuesday, 1 February 2011

St Clements Cakes

Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements

Look at that. Are they not the most badly iced cakes you've ever seen in your life? There are, aren't they. I don't care because these cakes are AMAZING.  I'm not going to apologise for the haphazard way I have splodged (yes, that's the technical term folks) on the icing. I could make excuses, after all I was cooking a roast beef dinner at the time and at the very crucial point of needing to mash the potatoes but the truth is I'm lazy and whilst I like the baking part and the eating part (very much) I'm not so mad about the icing and decorating part.

It really doesn't matter anyhow because these cakes weren't designed to leave the house. They were designed to be eaten quickly by me.  And Mr M.  And the kids.  Yes, we all loved them and with reason - they truly were delicious. The sponge came out perfect and you can clearly taste the zest in there and the icing is lip-smacking good.  

I hadn't baked in quite a while but felt the urge for cake and nothing tastes better than freshly baked homemade cake - especially with eggs fresh out of my little chooks in the garden.  As usual I made these using my KitchenAid stand mixer so they took no time at all - I love just chucking the ingredients in, makes the beating part so much easier and the mixer is great for making icing too. Only snag is I could really do with an extra bowl to save having to wash up in between, might have to start hinting to Mr M. (Well he does benefit from the produce...!)

Don't take my word for it, try them!    This recipe makes 12 cakes and is adapted from a recipe by Jo Pratt.

St Clements Cakes


175g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
3 large eggs
175g self-raising flour

For the icing;
200g unsalted butter, softened
400g icing sugar, sifted
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon


Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Pop 12 muffin cases into a muffin tin.

In a large bowl beat together the sugar, softened butter, lemon and orange zest until it is fluffy.

Mix in one egg at time along with a spoonful of the flour, then mix in the remaining flour.

Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases and place in the oven for around 20 minutes, until the cakes have risen and are golden.  When ready, leave to cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing, beat together the butter, icing sugar and lemon zest until its light and creamy.  Once the cakes are cold, spread or pipe the icing on top.

If you want you can add food colouring the icing if you want it to come out richer, however it does come out a nice pastel yellow anyhow which I think suits the cakes quite well. You can also add other decorations as you so wish!

love & kisses
Mrs M x


  1. Oooh lovely - I am writing this recipe down. Lemon flavoured cakes are my absolute favourite!! Yum yum, hopefully will try these this week, will let you know x

  2. They're one of my favourites too - hope you like them!

  3. Mmm, they sound and look delicious. Have just copied the recipe and will make these at the weekend. Thanks!

  4. Am enjoying a browse through your site and love it so much I am now a follower.

    These cakes look FAB! And 'sploging' icing makes it tastier. Fact. ;)


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