Kids can help make this simple springtime treat - delicious with extra lemon curd and yogurt as a pud, or serve with a cuppa
- 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
- 500ml tub Greek yogurt (you need 100ml/3½ fl oz in the cake, the rest to serve)
- 300g jar good lemon curd (you need 2 tbsp in the cake, the rest to serve)
- 3 eggs
- zest and juice 1 lemon, plus extra zest to serve, if you like
- 200g self-raising flour
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 200g punnet of blueberries (you need 85g/3oz in the cake, the rest to serve)
- 140g icing sugar
- edible flowers, such as purple or yellow primroses, to serve (optional)
MethodGrease a 2lb loaf tin and line with a long strip of baking parchment. Put 100g yogurt, 2 tbsp lemon curd, the softened butter, eggs, lemon zest, flour and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl. Quickly mix with an electric whisk until the batter just comes together. Scrape half into the prepared tin. Weigh 85g blueberries from the punnet and sprinkle half into the tin, scrape the rest of the batter on top, then scatter the other half of the 85g berries on top. Bake for 1 hr 10 mins-1 hr 15 mins until golden, and a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
- 225g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
- 225g golden caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 limes, grated zest and juice
- 250g self-raising flour, sifted with a pinch of salt, plus extra flour
- 25g ground almond
- 100g each blueberry and raspberries
- 8 tbsp lime juice (about 4 limes)
- 1 lime, grated zest
- 140g golden caster sugar
- Line the base and sides of a 20cm/8in square cake tin (not loose-based) with greaseproof paper and butter the paper. Set oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little flour towards the end to prevent curdling. Beat in the lime zest, then fold in the flour and almonds. Fold in enough lime juice – about 3 tablespoons – to give you a good dropping consistency (the mixture should drop easily from the spoon when tapped).
- Fold in three quarters of the blueberries and raspberries and turn into the prepared tin. Smooth the surface, then scatter the remaining fruit on top – it will sink as the cake rises.
- Bake for about 1 hour (cover with foil if beginning to brown too much), or until firm to a gentle prod in the centre. A skewer pushed into the centre should be clean when removed.
- Meanwhile make the syrup: put the lime juice, zest and sugar in a small saucepan. Put over a gentle heat and stir, without allowing to bubble. The sugar should dissolve a little. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, prick all over with a skewer then spoon the syrup over it. To store, cool before wrapping in paper and/or foil.
- Carefully remove the cake from the tin, discard the lining paper and cut into 12 pieces to serve.
- 200g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g soft brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 balls stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped
- 2 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp syrup from the ginger jar
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment, ensuring the parchment comes 2cm above the top of the tin. Beat the butter and sugars together until pale, then gradually stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Fold the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the mix, then quickly stir through the stem ginger and pears. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth the surface, then bake for 1 hr - 1 hr 10 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin.
- To make the glaze, mix the syrup with 1 tsp water and the sugar. Poke the surface of the loaf all over with a skewer, then pour on the syrup. Serve warm with cream, or allow to cool completely.
- 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
- 225g caster sugar
- zest 1 lemon
- 4 medium eggs at room temperature, beaten
- 75g ground almond
- 200g self-raising flour
- 140g forced rhubarb, washed and cut into small chunks
- 1 tbsp demerara sugar
- 75ml double cream
- 3 tbsp lemon curd, plus extra for drizzling
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly butter a deep, round 20cm cake tin and line the base with a circle of non-stick baking parchment.
- Place the butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until light and fluffy, then add the caster sugar and lemon zest and beat again. Gradually add the eggs to the mixture, beating well with each addition, until fully combined. The mixture will begin to look glossy – if at any stage the mixture curdles, beat in a spoonful of ground almonds and continue to add the egg until it is all amalgamated.
- Stir in the ground almonds, then the flour, and fold everything carefully together using a large spoon. Fold through half the rhubarb, then transfer the mixture into the prepared cake tin and scatter with the remaining rhubarb. Finish with the demerara sugar sprinkled on top. Bake the cake for 45 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly in the tin, then remove from the tin. When the cake is cold, make the topping.
- Whip the cream in a large bowl until it forms soft peaks. In a small bowl, loosen the lemon curd with about 1 tbsp water and carefully fold it through the cream, without overworking. Spread over the cake, drizzle with a little more lemon curd and serve immediately.