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    Delia's Double lemon drizzle cake with poppy seeds

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes


    175g self-raising flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    175g spreadable butter
    175g golden caster sugar
    3 large eggs
    Grated zest of 3 large lemons
    Juice of large lemon
    40g poppy seeds

    For the syrup
    Juice of 3 large lemons
    Grated zest of 1 large lemon
    50g golden icing sugar, sifted
    100g golden granulated sugar

    To finish
    1 rounded teaspoon golden granulated sugar mixed with 1 rounded teaspoon poppy seeds

     Pre-heat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3

    Equipment: A 20cm loose-based round cake tin, greased and base lined


    Start off by sifting the flour and baking powder into a roomy mixing bowl, holding 
    the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing as it goes down. Then add the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest and juice and finally the poppy seeds. 

    Now, using an electric hand whisk, mix to a smooth creamy consistency for about one minute. 

    Spoon the mixture into the tin, levelling it with the back of the spoon, and bake near the centre of the oven for 40 minutes or until the centre feels springy.

    When the cake is ready, remove the tin from the oven to a board, then straight away 
    mix together the syrup ingredients. 

    Next stab the cake all over with a skewer and spoon the syrup evenly over the hot cake, then finally sprinkle with the sugar and poppy seed mixture.

    After that the cake needs to cool in its tin before it can be removed and stored in an airtight container.

    Note: this is equally good made without the poppy seeds if you prefer.

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    Recipe taken from Delia's Cakes, Hodder & Stoughten 2013. © Delia Smith 2013 

    To watch this recipe video, click here

    See also: Delia's Coffee and Walnut Sponge Cake

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