What do you do with your last 2 eggs? Boil them? Fry them or cake them?
I was frantically looking for a quick summery cake to bake but I only had 2 eggs left. Every recipe I turned to called for 3 so I decided to create my own cake with what I had to hand and share it with you.
You may also notice the new addition to our kitchen… My brand new double oven! I’m absolutely over joyed with it. This is only it’s second cake and I’m struggling to adjust to its efficency. I can actually put a cake in and trust it to do as it’s told! An uncharred cake has been a rare sight in our house for quite some time!
Things I used to make my 2 Egg Lemon, Almond and Elderflower Cake
- 115g margarine
- 175g sugar
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1tsp lemon oil extract (optional)
Beat together until light and fluffy then add
- 2 eggs
Beat until even fluffier and it increases in volume (add a little of the flour if it starts to split). Then add.
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 175g self raising flour
Beat/fold in. Then add
- 5 tbs almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
- 50g of mixed candied peel (you could substitute this for other dried fruit or fresh berries)
Beat/fold in until smooth and the batter reaches a fluffy thick dropping consistency.
Pour the batter into a greased 6 inch round cake tin. (Or a tin of your choice – adjust your baking times accordingly – smaller tin reduce would produce a thicker cake so it may take longer or a larger cake tin wil produce a thinner cake and should take slightly less time to bake). I poured one inch of batter into my tin and had enough left to make 4 small muffins. level and smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle the top with flaked almonds.
Bake 180 degrees c for 40 minutes I baked the additional muffins for only 14 minutes.
Whilst the cake bakes make the syrup. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin before removing it from the tin to cool further.
Things I used to make my Elderflower and Lemon Syrup
- juice of 2 lemons
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 30- 40 ml elderflower cordial
- 50g caster sugar
- Stir gently til the sugar dissolves.
- Bring to the boil then without stirring…
- Simmer until the liquid reduces by at least a third.
- As it thickens the syrup takes on the yellow hue from the zest.
- Allow the syrup to cool slightly before drizzling it all over the cake.
- Whilst the drizzle is still sticky sprinkle on a few more flaked almonds for contrast against the now toasted top.