Lemon poppy seedcakes are one of my all time favourites; I just love everything that includes lemon and the poppy seed gives it such a nice texture and flavour.
I found the pastry moulds I used while cleaning the kitchen and instantly fell in love with them. They just begged me to be used for baking lemon poppy seed cakes...;-)
My normal recipe asks for yoghurt, which is lovely but makes the batter quite sticky and hard to use in a mould like this. My favourite lemon cake recipe uses ground almonds, which gives it a lovely flavour and texture, but makes it rather dense. That’s when I stumbled across this Jamie Oliver recipe, which I adjusted to fit my diet, and gives you a lovely light cake, with a moist centre and sour, slightly crunchy top. Perfect!
For the cakes (makes about 12):
115 gram margarine, softened
115 gram caster sugar
125 spelt flour
180 gram almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
40 gram poppy seed
For the lemon syrup:
100 ml lemon juice
100 gram caster sugar
For the icing:
1-3 tbsp lemon juice
150 gram icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 175°C.
Whisk butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, adding the next one when the previous one is fully incorporated.
Whisk in the lemon juice and zest, flour, salt, almond flour, poppy seeds and baking powder. Be careful not to over mix.
Divide the batter in 12 baking moulds/cups and bake for about 15 minutes.
While the cakes are baking start preparing the syrup.
Pour the lemon juice and sugar into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
When the cakes are done, remove them from their cups (unless you are making cupcakes), place onto a wire rack and make some holes in the top with a skewer. Pour over each cake about 1 tsp syrup.
When the cakes are cooled down you can start icing them. For the icing you just need to combine the lemon juice with the icing sugar until you get the preferred taste and consistency.
Pour over about 1-2 tsp icing and leave to set.