During summer something light is the choice that I usually go for – when it’s really hot outside and I’m not hungry anyways. Occasionally though something sweet can be perfect on a hot summer day – why not go for a fresh lemon cake with berries on top then? Not too sweet yet sweet enough for a sweet tooth like me.
I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of lemon cakes or lemon icing on top of cakes. However, I stumbled over this recipe and had to give it a try. Very easy to make and with ingredients that I usually have at home anyways – a bit of flour, a bit of sugar, some oat milk (or any other milk of your choice) and some almond flakes (or you could also add some grounded nuts of your choice to add yet another taste to it). And the last ingredient that would round up the recipe: a lemon. During summer having a lemon at home is smart anyways – it is so refreshing in so many dishes or drinks that it is a summer staple for everyone’s kitchen.
Instead of going for the lemon icing that was suggested in the original recipe I opted for icing made out of orange juice. Remember – I don’t like cakes that scream lemon so I thought it would be nice to only have a subtle lemon flavour in the batter. And indeed, the combination of lemon in the cake and orange in the icing was really good.
For my topping I chose blackberries, blueberries and raspberries – my favourite berries! I found them on sale in a supermarket so it was the perfect occasion to try out this cake. And as I happened to be at my parent’s place that weekend I could have taste testers who agreed with me that the recipe turned out to be delicious and worth making!
So basically, it is a plant-based recipe that it is super easy to make with only a few ingredients that are not really expensive – especially if you handpick the berries somewhere or grow them in your own garden. Or if you don’t have any berries on your hand you can just have a plain lemon cake with orange or lemon icing. And it does not even take that long to make and bake the cake. Perfect in my opinion! :)
What you need for the dough:
- 50ml vegetable oil
- 200g caster sugar
- 210g flour
- 2 hand-full of almond flakes
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. lemon zest
- 235 ml oat milk
and for a rather thick layer of icing:
- 150g powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. orange juice (or lemon juice)
- any (fresh) berries that you’d like to have as a topping
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the oil, sugar, lemon juice & zest, and oat milk until they are evenly mixed. Next you need to sift the flour, baking soda and salt together, and add them to the other ingredients and fold in. Fold in the almond flakes as well until you have a smooth (and rather liquid) dough. Pour it into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake it for around 45-50 min. Use the skewer technique for checking whether the cake is ready or not! When ready, remove from the oven and let it cool.
For the icing you need to mix the orange (or lime) juice and powdered sugar together until it is smooth and not lumpy. After the cake is cooled completely you can drizzle the icing with a spoon over it – you can cover it completely or only let it drizzle down the sides a little. You can add the berries of your choice right away or wait a bit until the icing has set a bit so the fruits don’t slide. Enjoy!