Wednesday 3 August 2016

Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle Traybake Cake for Picnics

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A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to Castle Combe in Wiltshire, where there is a racing circuit. This was a special event where you could drive your own car around the track - it's not like some events where you can go as fast as you like and need a helmet and special race day insurance, as there is a pace car that sets the speed, no overtaking is allowed and you stay in the order you start in.

Once or twice we got up to 90mph in my husband's Aston Martin - we were there with the local branch of the Aston Martin Members Club - but we were following behind a lady who sometimes drove at 90mph and sometimes at 25mph. Which might have been understandable on the corners, but this was on the straight. She was very erratic which didn't make for a pleasant drive!

The next time we got to do a few laps, the Lotus car club went first, and then just after we started, I wondered aloud why there was a Lotus at the front of the group of Astons. My husband said it had been part of the group in front but was so slow, they had all finished and it was now sat in front of our group, holding everyone up. The Lotus did a nice sedate 30mph all the way around the track for three laps. I'm not a speed freak and was gripping the side of my seat as we got up to 90mph earlier, s the fact that even I was frustrated and shouting at the car to hurry up - since nobody was allowed to overtake - was saying something!

As I knew it would be a long day out I had taken some food with us, and the day before baked this lemon drizzle cake from a Mary Berry recipe.

The recipe is available on the BBC Good Food website and is very easy to follow. You only have to mix a few ingredients...

Spread it in a tin and bake.....

Make a lemon and sugar syrup which you then drizzle over the cake while it is still warm

The drizzle meant the cake was incredibly moist and very lemony; I don't think I've ever made a simple lemon traybake before and I can't understand why not as it was so good!

I'm sharing this with Treat Petite, hosted by Stuart at Cakeyboi and Kat the Baking Explorer as 'anything goes' this month.
I'm also sending it to Tea Time Treats, hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage, as the theme is afternoon tea.
August is national afternoon tea week so I'm also sending this to Charlotte's Lively Kitchen as she hosts The Food Calendar linkup.

Events in the #TheFoodCalendar for August 2016. Join in sharing your recipes


  1. This looks so light and yummy, I'll have to add it to my to-make list. It sounds like a lovely day out, I would have got frustrated with the erratic lady too - surely its not safe to vary your speed that much, especially on the straights. It sounds like you had a fun day though.

  2. A SUPER recipe for Tea Time Treats thanks Caroline and one that I would be happy to eat, the whole tray, as I am a lover of all things lemon! Karen

  3. Lemon drizzle has to be my all time favourite cake! I love the fresh flavours x #TheFoodCalendar

  4. I have to agree with Kirsty, lemon drizzle cake is definitely one of my favourite bakes - it's just so fresh and understated. It sounds like you had a great day out, despite the erratic speed variation from the lady infront of you. #TheFoodCalendar

  5. You can't beat a lemon drizzle and it looks like you've predicted the first signature GBBO bake here! Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

  6. You were ahead of the game with this one! Gorgeous looking lemon drizzle tray bake Caroline. Thanks for taking part in Treat Petite!


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