Since I’m all better again, I decided to do some baking in time for the weekend. As it’s just days now until the fifth season of Game of Thrones hits our screens, I decide to intertwine these two interests of mine. Immediately, I thought of lemon cakes. These are often mentioned in both the books and the series, associated with the rich and noble people. Sansa often declares them to be her favourite treats and I figured; if they’re good enough for this Lady Stark, they’d be good enough for me!
Not only are these little lemon cakes fitting with the return of Game of Thrones, they’re so perfect for Spring too. Light, bright and bursting with sweet citrus flavour; they’re ideal for picnics and afternoon tea. I think Sansa (and your family and friends) would definitely approve ;-).
- 4 oz. butter
- 4 oz. sugar
- 4 oz. self-raising flour
- 2 medium eggs
- Juice of two lemons
- Zest of one lemon
- Splash of milk
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180° Celsius and prepare a muffin tin. Grease each hole in the tin with oil spray or butter or alternatively, use paper liners. I got 9 portions with my muffin tin but that can easily vary.
2. Beat the butter until it has softened. Add in the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and creamy.
3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating continuously.
4. Fold in the flour and ensure everything is thoroughly combined.
5. Stir in the juice and zest and a little splash of milk.
6. Divide the mixture in to the muffin tin and leave it to bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes.
7. In the meantime, make the syrup. This is optional but it adds even more flavour so it’s well worth doing. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar in to the juice of one lemon in a pan over a low-medium heat. Stir occasionally and don’t allow it to come to a boil. When the sugar has completely dissolved, set the pan aside.
8. When the cakes are ready, take them out of the oven and leave them to cool for five minutes. Then pour a small amount of syrup on to each one, while they’re still warm.
*These cakes could last up to three days in an airtight container but they’re so delicious, they’ll be gone in no time ;-).