A super easy, no mixer, lemon loaf cake made with olive oil. A throw together type of cake -my favourite kind- with a delicious lemony drizzle glaze.
I adore lemon cake. One of my favourite recipes is this one on the website Joy of Baking. It’s lemony, fairly easy (although it does require a mixer) and I keep going back to it, so it must be doing something right. The other day I was about to make it again, this time with the purpose of posting the recipe. Then I thought hang on, it’s been a while since I posted someone else’s recipe just as it is. Lately I’ve been making my own creations, sometimes completely from scratch, sometimes inspired by others but with many changes so as to make them my own. And although I have no problem posting someone else’s recipe (of course I always make it, photograph it myself and then include the proper attributions/credits and links), this time I thought I might try a little experiment. It might have been a sudden surge of creativity that hit me, or a sudden surge of “can I really be bothered to get the mixer out?”, I’m not sure which. The result was –yet another- quick bread style cake. Yes, like my banana bread, and my zucchini cake, and a few others lurking here on the blog. You know the ones… the “mix the dry ingredients, then the wet, combine, bake” ones. My beloved no mixer cakes.
Usually these cakes call for either oil or melted butter. If using softened butter you really really need the help of a mixer, or you are someone I deeply admire. So I used the Joy of Baking recipe as a guide, and transformed it into the lazy person’s lemon loaf cake recipe. The “loaf cake” title came about when I couldn’t decide between “cake” and “quick bread”. Obviously this cake is different to the original, it has a thicker, more crumbly crumb, but the lemony taste is there, together with the lightness the olive oil brings. It also keeps well. And I found that it paired fantastically with coffee. I am a tea drinker, a big one, but with this I found myself craving a hot cup of joe, and I might have even sipped a bit while munching on a bite (this is in place of dunking, the cake wouldn’t hold up being dunked!). Delish.