Tuesday 22 February 2011

Hostesses cooking up a storm!!!

"When the Hero hosties are selected everyone looks forward to what they'll cook up!! Heather, Anita
Sharon, Linda and I have taken this literally and are cooking something up for you this week - one of our favorite recipes!" We are each posting a card or project inspired by one of our favourite recipes  and we are hoping that you will play along to.  Pease post your projects here and add the flickr tag "cookingupchallenge"

 This is one of my families favourite cakes its called a Lemon Drizzle Cake and it never lasts long in our house!!  I thought it would be fun to make a gift of "Tea and Cake" so I have also created these little gift holders that actually hold one tea bag.  The holder is based on a tutorial here, I have just adapted the front of it to add a ribbon tie.

This is the inside of the holder, don't you just love this yummy paper its from Echo Park !  The tea cup image is from the Hero Arts sparkle clear set CL188 and I have paper pieced this with a scrap of chintzy paper from my scrap box.
This is the recipe that I use its really simple to make:-
175gm unsalted butter softened
175 gm caster sugar
finely grated zest of three lemons
3 med. eggs
175gm self raising flour
Pinch salt
little milk
200gm icing sugar
75ml lemon juice

Grease and line a litre loaf tin.
Beat together the sugar and butter till white and fluffy.
Add lemon zest and beat in eggs one at a time with a little of the flour.
Sift in the remaining flour and salt, add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff.
Pour into tin and bake in pre heated oven 170C or gas mark 3 for 45 to 50 minutes.
Mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar.
When the cake is cooked remove from the oven and while still hot and in the tin prod with a fine skewer to make a few holes, but don't go to the base of the tin!
spoon over icing so that it seeps into the holes.
Cool completely then serve.

Hope you find time to try it out, it really is yummy!!


Dawn T said...

sounds a fabulous cake Sally,... and love your gift card... tea for two sounds fun

Sanne said...

So fun Sally! Love your design here and what a yummy recipe :)

stampingandstitching said...

Sally, your cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I'm definitely going to make it! Your gift card with the teabag is brilliant, thanks for the link to the tutorial! This is such a wonderful gift idea!

Brenda said...

Yum! My mouth is watering at the sight of the lemons! I will have to try this out! Thanks for the recipe Sally! And I love that patterned paper and the lovely gift card holder! Thanks for the inspiration Sally!

Barb said...

I just love this, Sally! That cake looks delicious and your card is so creative with the pocket holding the tea bag!

Isha Gupta said...

Its written yummy all over....will try to make this for my girls...I am sure they will be happy.Thanks Sally and your card is equally yummy n sweet without sugar.

Robin K. said...

Your lemon cake looks and sounds delicious Sally! The tea bag holder is darling!

Anonymous said...

Your lemon cake looks and sounds delicious, Sally! I adore lemon desserts and will definitely be giving yours a try! And the sweet gift cards you made are so very pretty, too!

Anonymous said...

Sally these tea bag holders are gorgeous! And that cake looks so yummy! TFS :)

Arlene said...

Great fun cards and I wondered how you made your tea bag holding cards. They are so much fun.

That cake looks delicious.

donna mikasa said...

What a fun challenge! Your tea bag holders are wonderful, as is your lemon cake! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous tea bag holders! Love the yummy papers! Great challenge!

Unknown said...

Lemon anything is always my favorite - and I love what you did here! This would work so well for a baked goods auction or sale!!!

Alice said...

mmmmmm....... your cake looks soooooooo yummy, Sally! thanks for the recipe! and love love your project! super work!