April 5, 2007

Nigel Slater’s Lemon Cake

By Andrew In Articles, Photographs
To be honest I am not that impressed with the photo in Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries of this cake. It’s in the usual subdued tones I enjoy, but the cake itself appears burnt; the lemons especially appear verging on the charcoal side of edible.

But then I’m not that impressed with my photos either!

The cake itself is very moist; more so after spooning all the sugar syrup over it. Demerara sugar doesn’t dissolve quite like caster or granulated so a majority of the granules just clumped together to form a crunchy topping; a delicious contrast to the softness of the interior. I should have tested that the lemon slices, judiciously placed on top, were in a soft ‘edible’ state after poaching. Mine were a little tough, although the thought has just struck that perhaps they are not supposed to be consumed.

With the onset of spring and the long Easter weekend, a sweet lemon cake seem perfect for the moment. Recommended with a little Greek yoghurt and a few fresh raspberries.
Slater’s recipes seldom fail me and suit my ‘style’ perfectly; decent photographs or otherwise.

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  1. Julia April 6, 2007

    Andrew, that looks wonderful. I love lemon and I’m now drooling at the thought of that moist cake. I wish I could reach into the screen and grab a slice. Thanks for entering!

  2. Laura April 8, 2007

    Hi Andrew,
    Just came over from your hot cross buns photo on Cook and Eat and I’m sure I’ll be coming back. I’m a big Nigel Slater fan too but have not yet tried this one myself. Photo looks great; sunshine and lemons what more could you want! On the hot cross buns: not a big fan of raisins either so I made chocolate ones. Looking forward to future posts!

  3. Andrew April 9, 2007

    chocolate hot cross buns – sounds good to me! But then anything with chocolate is good for me.

  4. wow this really looks great. beautiful photographs, as usual. it looks so moist!

  5. Andrew April 12, 2007

    Thanks Linda. The cake really is rather nice, even if my aunt didn’t think it was lemony enough for her!

  6. Bron April 12, 2007

    I’ve looked at this post a couple of times since you posted it Andrew,
    so anyway this morning I thought I’d come in and comment, as I know how much a comment means! 😉 hehe
    It does look pretty good and I’m all excited by the sight and thought of the crunchy sweet sugar topping, however I must say I would have loved to have had the opportunity to see the softness and colour inside a slice as well.

  7. Andrew April 12, 2007

    sounds like an excuse to make it again, Bron!
    And as I am not that happy with the photos another try at those too.

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