SHF - Citrus

When I found out that citrus is the theme of Sugar High Friday for this month, I got very excited! I'm dying to try out a few recipes that I have with citrus as one of the ingredients.

I'd decided to bake Lemon Cake with Orange Syrup, a recipe from Donna Hay's Modern Classic 2. The cake turned out to be soft and the lemon blend well with orange syrup. Perfect for afternoon tea.

This is the recipe of Lemon Cake with Orange syrup:
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175g butter
165g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
2 tsp lemon juice
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp poppy seed

Orange syrup
225g sugar
250ml orange juice
50g shredded orange rind

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To prepare cake batter:
1) Preheat the oven to 160C. Grease two muffin tins.
2) Place butter, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl and mix until light and creamy.
3) Add the eggs one at a time and beat well.
4) Sift the flour and baking powder and blend in to the mixture.
5) Add the lemon juice and poppy seed.
6) Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins.
7) Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

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To prepare orange syrup:
1) Place all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
2) Turn to medium heat and let it boil until it turns syrupy.

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Serve the cakes with orange syrup.
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Anonymous said…
Where did you get your poppy seed in Singapore? Thanks! Shirley said…
Hey, nice food! I notice you have beautiful plates and stuff, ya? Unlike mine, all plastic plates. *embarassed* Must follow your footstep to buy cutleries for the sake of buying. Thanks for the link. Will add on mine when I tweak the buttons.
Piggy said…
Hi Shirley! Well, I was looking high and low for poppy seed and one fine day, I found out that it's actually banned in S'pore. I got the poppy seed through my hubby's colleague who came from NZ. ;-)

Hi 5xmom! Thanks for your compliment, you make my day. :-)
Nic said…
Hi Piggy. Great photos - those cakes look so tasty!
Anonymous said…
Mmmm...looks so good. I'm craving something with poppy seeds right now. I'd love to have that with afternoon tea!
Robyn said…
Oh rhese look delicious. When it cools off, I must try your recipe!
Jennifer said…
i'm a huge Donna Hay fan but haven't tried this recipe yet...I think I'll have to do so soon - these look great!. Thanks so much for joining in on SHF!
Anonymous said…
Would like to try your recipe. Saw eggs mentioned in your "Instructions" but not listed in your "Ingredients". So how many eggs to add?

Piggy said…
Hi Viv,

Thanks for pointing that out! I've amended the ingredients list.. Pls have a look.