Almond cake with lemon & poppy seeds

almond cake with lemon and poppy seeds

Serves 8

  • 120 g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing

  • 120 g caster sugar

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 4 large free-range eggs, separated

  • zest and juice of 2 lemons

  • 60 g self-raising flour, sifted

  • 120 g ground almonds

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 75 g poppy seeds

  • 50 g icing sugar

  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice

  • crème fraîche, to serve

Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Rub a 20cm cake tin with butter. Whiz the butter and sugar in a food processor until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, while the motor is running, then the lemon zest and juice.



When the mixture is nice and smooth, pulse in the flour and almonds and finally the milk. Don't mix it too much – just enough to combine. Spoon the mixture into a bowl, stir in the poppy seeds and put to one side.



In a very clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Beat in the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar until smooth. Stir a spoonful of egg white into the almond mixture. Add the rest of the egg white and fold together carefully – you don't want to beat the bubbles out of the egg white.



Spoon into the prepared cake tin and smooth the mix out evenly with the back of a spoon. Place on the middle shelf of your preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes until cooked through, risen and golden brown.



When cool, sift the icing sugar and mixed spice over the top of the cake and serve with dollops of crème fraîche.



Tip: The butter needs to be very soft, so take it out of the fridge in advance.

Nutritional Information

Almond cake with lemon & poppy seeds

A totally moreish treat

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The ground almonds in this zingy lemon cake give it a beautiful texture – you'll love it
Serves 8
1h 10m
Not too tricky
Method

A great family treat for the Easter weekend!

Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Rub a 20cm cake tin with butter. Whiz the butter and sugar in a food processor until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, while the motor is running, then the lemon zest and juice.

When the mixture is nice and smooth, pulse in the flour and almonds and finally the milk. Don't mix it too much – just enough to combine. Spoon the mixture into a bowl, stir in the poppy seeds and put to one side.

In a very clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Beat in the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar until smooth. Stir a spoonful of egg white into the almond mixture. Add the rest of the egg white and fold together carefully – you don't want to beat the bubbles out of the egg white.

Spoon into the prepared cake tin and smooth the mix out evenly with the back of a spoon. Place on the middle shelf of your preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes until cooked through, risen and golden brown.

When cool, sift the icing sugar and mixed spice over the top of the cake and serve with dollops of crème fraîche.

Tip: The butter needs to be very soft, so take it out of the fridge in advance.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 413 21%
  • Carbs 27.7g 12%
  • Sugar 22.2g 25%
  • Fat 28.2g 40%
  • Saturates 9.9g 50%
  • Protein 10.3g 23%
Of an adult woman's guideline daily amount

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