I get stuck in a bit of a rut of making the same old cakes, which is why I've not shared a baking post here in a long old while. It's not a terrible prediciment to be in, there's still cake involved albeit repetitive, but I decided I needed to broaden my baking skills and try something new. Somehow a 'cake Thursday' situation has evolved at work where a group of us take it in turns to bring in cake (or cheeseboards and other goodness!) once a week - homemade or whatever you like. For my turn I thought I'd shun my trusty cupcake and basic chocolate sandwich recipes and finally unwrap the loaf tin I've had lurking in my cupbord for a few years...
One of my other go-to cakes, which I've blogged about before, is a simple lemon sponge sandwich, and that sort of flavour always seems to go down well, so I started exploring Pinterest for an upgraded version, and came across a lemon and blueberry loaf cake. It looks great in that rustic, homemade, effortless sort of way, and it tastes zingy and fresh, and the cake is soft, light and moist - it was definitiely a winner at work because it flew off the table pretty fast!
The recipe I followed is from Pixels + Crumbs and I didn't really change anything other than using a little less lemon zest, and converting all of the measurements and ingredient names to the ones we're more familiar with in the UK.
For the cake
200g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
500g (medium tub) 0% fat greek yogurt
200g white caster sugar
zest of one lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
125ml vegetable oil
200g / one pack of blueberries
For the drizzle topping
225g icing sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
I baked my cake in an electric fan oven at 180 degrees for 50 minutes - I covered it with foil for the last ten or so as the cake hadn't finished cooking in the middle, but the top was starting to brown a little too much. Other than that, I followed the same method as the original recipe (including the tip about coating your blueberries in flour, so make sure you do that!) so pop over to Pixels + Crumbs for the details.
I'm so pleased with how this turned out and will absolutely be making it again. Plus now I've used my loaf tin I'm keen to use it some more, so you'll find me stalking Pinterest for more loaf cake recipes!