Lemon syrup cake with mascarpone elderflower icing
( SERVES 8 )
Photo by Tam West
Use a tart variety of lemon to give this cake a good citrus flavour. Elderflower cordial has a distinctive flavour which I really enjoy, but you could substitute with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
This recipe comes from Kathy's new cookbook Meat & Three, RRP$49.99 from booksellers nationwide and at kathypaterson.co.nz
|350 g||Caster sugar|
|250 g||Natural unsweetened yoghurt|
|200 ml||Sunflower oil|
|3||Lemons, finely grated zest only|
|250 g||Self raising flour|
Mascarpone elderflower icing
- Heat the oven to 180C. Line a 22cm or 23cm round cake tin with baking paper.
- Place the caster sugar, eggs, yoghurt, oil and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed until just combined. Sift in the self-raising flour, then mix until just combined. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and place in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven.
- For the lemon syrup, in a small bowl, mix together the caster sugar and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Spoon the syrup over the hot cake and leave to cool in the tin.
- For the icing, place the mascarpone, cream cheese and icing sugar in a bowl and mix gently using a wooden spoon or spatula to combine. Add the elderflower cordial and gently stir through.
- To serve, remove the cooled cake from its tin and place on a serving plate. Spread the mascarpone icing over the top of the cake, or alternatively get a little creative and pipe rosettes of icing on top. Finish by finely grating the zest of the lemon over the iced cake.
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