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World Domination 25 December, 2004

Posted by monopod in Food, Him, Self-Absorption.

I am on my way to world domination in my guise as Domestic Goddess. I made lemon sponge cake on Christmas Eve which Him has given his stamp of approval by proceeding to eat half the cake. Wahey!

Courtesy of the lovely Gill, here’s the recipe (NB: I have modified this slightly):

Juice and finely julienned zest of 1 lemon
150g (5.5 oz.) caster sugar
150ml carton of low-fat plain yogurt (approx. 200g pot)
150ml (5 fl. oz.) sunflower oil (I used olive oil)
250g (9 oz.) self-raising flour
2 large eggs

and possibly a pinch of bicarb of soda, though I haven’t tried that yet.


1) Preheat oven to Gas Mark 3/170 degrees c./325 degrees f. Fully line a 20cm (8″) round cake tin with greaseproof paper (spray tin beforehand as well if not using a non-stick tin).
2) Put lemon juice into a bowl and add one tsp of the caster sugar.
3) Put the lemon zest into a large mixing bowl and add the remaining sugar, yogurt, oil, flour and eggs. Mix thoroughly.
4) Pour mixture into prepared tin, transfer to middle shelf of oven, bake for approx. 1 hr or until risen and springy when lightly touched.
5) Stand cake tin on cooling rack and while hot, slowly spoon the lemon juice mixture over the cake. Allow to cool in the tin.
6) When completely cooled, cut cake into 16 portions.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. It’s freezable too – just wrap individual portions in cling film and freeze for up to two months.

Plus you’d never know it was a low-fat cake (I certainly didn’t when I first ate it. Out of the Weight Watchers mag I think – for those so inclined, values per serving are: 190 cals, 3 points. Not, of course, if you eat half the cake, but then some people aren’t quite so bothered).



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