Gluten-free lemon cake

Gluten free lemon drizzle cake

Serves 12

  • 300 g dairy-free margarine, (suitable for baking), at room temperature

  • 300 g gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 300 g golden caster sugar

  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • 3 lemons

  • 2 oranges

  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 100 g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Grease a square cake tin (roughly 20cm) with the margarine, then line the bottom with greaseproof paper and dust the sides with gluten-free flour.



In a bowl, beat the margarine and sugar for around 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs, add the zest from 2 lemons and 1 orange, then mix to combine. Sieve the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum into the bowl, then fold through. Stir in the juice from 1 lemon and ½ an orange until you have a nice, smooth mixture.



Pour the mixture into the cake tin, then place on the middle shelf of the hot oven for 40 minutes, or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, before turning the cakes out onto a wire cooling rack, then leave to cool completely while you make the icing.



Combine the icing sugar with the zest and juice from ½ a lemon and ¼ of an orange. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing on top, grate over a little lemon and orange zest, then serve.



TIP: To make lemon drizzle cupcakes, simple divide the mixture between two 12-hole muffin trays and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean.



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Nutritional Information

Gluten-free lemon cake

With lemon & orange drizzle

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This is the ultimate gluten- and dairy-free lemon sponge cake. With citrus icing drizzled on top, you’re guaranteed to love it
Serves 12
1h 10m (plus cooling)
Super easy
Method

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Grease a square cake tin (roughly 20cm) with the margarine, then line the bottom with greaseproof paper and dust the sides with gluten-free flour.

In a bowl, beat the margarine and sugar for around 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs, add the zest from 2 lemons and 1 orange, then mix to combine. Sieve the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum into the bowl, then fold through. Stir in the juice from 1 lemon and ½ an orange until you have a nice, smooth mixture.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin, then place on the middle shelf of the hot oven for 40 minutes, or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, before turning the cakes out onto a wire cooling rack, then leave to cool completely while you make the icing.

Combine the icing sugar with the zest and juice from ½ a lemon and ¼ of an orange. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing on top, grate over a little lemon and orange zest, then serve.

TIP: To make lemon drizzle cupcakes, simple divide the mixture between two 12-hole muffin trays and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 382
    19%
  • Carbs 55.6g
    21%
  • Sugar 35.5g 39%
  • Fat 17.1g 24%
  • Saturates 4.1g 21%
  • Protein 3.6g 8%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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