Caramelised Lemon Cake by GBBO winner John Whaite



Great British Bake Off winner and chef, John Whaite, is cooking up a storm with Currys PC World. It’s time to dust off your aprons and join him and get baking with this simple recipe!

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Great British Bake Off winner and chef, John Whaite, is cooking up a storm with Currys PC World.

It's time to dust off your aprons and join him and get baking with this simple recipe! 

 

Caramelised Lemon Cake

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Serves 8 - 10

 

Ingredients

For the Topping

•             100g caster sugar

•             2 lemons, zested (and zest saved) then finely sliced

  

For the Cake

•             225g salted butter

•             225g caster sugar

•             Zest of 2 lemons

•             4 large eggs

•             225g self-raising flour

  

For the Filling

•             250g mascarpone cream cheese

•             50g icing sugar

•             Zest of 2 lemons

•             3tbsp lemon curd

•             Nibbed/pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes

  

 

Essential Equipment: 

•              2 x 20cm loose bottom round cake tins, greased and lined with baking paper

•              Kitchen mixer

•              Mixing bowl

•              Small saucepan

•              Flour sifter

•              Chopping board

•              Piping bag for icing

•              Pastry brush 

Visit www.currys.co.uk/baking for all of your baking needs.

  

Method

1.         Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan and prepare 2 x 20cm loose bottom round cake tins, greased and lined with baking paper

2.         For the caramelised lemon top, place a small saucepan over a medium/high heat and heat

3.         Add the caster sugar and let it melt into a dark caramel, stirring until it melts

4.         Immediately pour the caramel into one of the prepared cake tins, tilting the tin so the caramel spreads across the bottom. Overlap the slices of lemon on top of the caramel to cover the entire bottom of the tin and set to one side

5.         For the cake batter, whisk together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy and the sugar has dissolved into butter (this can be done by hand or using an electric mixer).

6.         Add the lemon zest and eggs and beat until well mixed

7.         Sift over the flour and fold in until you have a smooth batter

8.         Divide the mixture into the two tins, being careful not to displace the lemons. Bake the plain cake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, and the lemon-topped cake for 30-35 minutes

9.         Immediately invert the lemon-topped cake onto a cooling rack, and let the plain cake cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing

10.       Once the cake is cool, for the filling beat together the mascarpone, icing sugar and lemon zest until smooth

11.       Spread the lemon curd over the plain cake, top that with the mascarpone then add the lemon slice cake on top.

    

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