Winter is on our doorstop with the nights getting cooler and the need to sleep in each morning becoming an issue. Why would we want to leave the warmth of our bed to get up and tackle the great out doors when it is cold. For those of you who are reading this from the Northern Hemisphere who have real winters, here in Australia and in sunny Queensland I am the worst offender of not being able to get out of bed on a cold morning. You know what a cold morning is like 4 -5 celsius, I might be lucky to get the temperature down to 1-2 celsius in the middle of winter. Ok, have a laugh. It really doesn’t get that cold here, but it feels like it compared to our 40 degree days of summer.
During winter the skies become clearer my motivation returns after the heat of the summer, yet it sometimes is to cold for me to get going. The best thing to tackle the outdoors is cake and a hot cup of tea. I find most things are manageable when you have had a cup of tea. I am a green tea drinker and it calms me down and soothes my need to warm my belly.
Lemons are about to be plentiful in our area and I thought using only two of them for a cake would be a good idea. Its a super fluffy cake with zesty icing.
How cold does it get where you live in winter? Make me feel bad for whingeing about the cold to come.
- 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup flour
- 1 ½ tsp bicarb soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Lemon, zest and juice
- 2 cups of icing sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice, zest from one lemon
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- Preheat your oven to 180’c. Grease a 25cm round cake tin and lightly flour.
- In a mixing bowl place the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk and mix using a stick blender or electric beaters.
- Add the flour, bicarb, salt and lemon juice to the wet mixture and blend ensuring no lumps in the mixture. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
- Bake for 30minutes or until golden. Remove the cake from the tin after 5minutes from being out of the oven. Allow the cake to cool.
- Place the icing sugar into a mixing bowl add lemon juice and 2 of the tablespoons of milk and mix. Add the additional tablespoon of milk if necessary. Stir thoroughly to remove any lumps.
- Spread the icing mixture on top of the cake.