The Bake Off Bake Along Week 1: Lemon and Cointreau Drizzle Cake

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeLike the rest of humanity I did an excited little wee when GBBO bulldozed back into my life. I confess that my first thought was ‘why would you ever make Jaffa Cakes?’ and then like a millisecond later ‘ooh ooh OOOOOH maybe I could join in with Amanda and Ala‘s Bake Along in my faaancy new kitchen‘.  Yes, yes I can.

Each week I’ll be choosing one of the signature, technical or showstopper challenges and doing my best to create something edible to fit the bill. For week one it was drizzles, jaffas or mirror cakes. I had to Google mirror cakes and I didn’t really fancy ruining Jaffa Cakes for myself for life so I give you the Lemon and Cointreau Drizzle Cake. I love a lemon drizzle and the Cointreau is a nod to Bezza and nans the world over. Hey Michelle, 1979 called – it wants its liqueur back.

There may also have been the smallest element of starting off easy, I’m not a natural baker, it’s all just a bit too precise isn’t it? I’m definitely from the school of chuck it all in and pray bakers. I’m also a dance for the cakes sort, like Val I suspect. I was quite sure I’d be team Selasi but Val, I keep thinking about Val.


Lemon and Cointreau Drizzle Cake

You’ll need
225g caster sugar
225g softened butter
225g self-raising flour
Four eggs
zest of 1 lemon

100g sugar
juice of 2 lemons
2 capfuls of Cointreau

Preheat the oven to 160C fan and line a loaf tin.

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeCream together the butter and sugar til pale and fluffy (this has also been used to describe me).

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeAdd the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next.

Sift in the flour and add the lemon zest and mix to combine.

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeBake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Practice juggling lemons a bit whilst waiting.

lemon and cointreau drizzle cake

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeRemove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Mix the drizzle ingredients together.

Use a skewer to prick holes all over the cake and pour the drizzle slowly all over the surface of the still warm cake.

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeLeave it to cool as long as you can, de-tin and stick your face right in there.

I’d probably up the drizzle quantity next time but I’m otherwise pretty pleased with how this one turned out, the Cointreau acted as a sort of neutraliser to the acidity of the lemon and had a cracking sugary crunch on top. It was really sort of delicious, even if I do say so.

I might not be star baker, it was ridiculously simple. But simple and effective is better than inedible, under-cooked monstrosity. And I’ve preserved the virtue of the Jaffa Cake.

lemon and cointreau drizzle cakeFancy a piece?

Let me know if you’re getting involved in the Bake Off Bake Along. Details here.

For those of you who know me in the real world I can confirm that the ex-chef husband was glued to the TV and had no part in my cake. Success and gloating all my own. 

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  • That cake looks delicious! I always love adding cointreau in citrus cakes 😀 Have yet to watch the first GBBO episode – will be on iPlayer tonight!! xxx

  • Your husband is an ex-chef – amazing!!! Does he still love cooking? Your cake looks fantastic – drizzle cake is a firm favourite of mine! I couldn’t help adding a little tipple to my cake too 😉 Alice xxx

  • Congratulations on keeping your husband out of the kitchen – my boyfriend is also an ex-chef, and he finds it nearly impossible NOT to interfere whenever I’m baking. Sigh. I love your boozy twist idea too; I kept mine simple, but I bet some cointreau would have livened it up a bit!
    Beth x

  • Fabulous idea! And YUM, this look deelish! Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the other bakes/themes; rather you than me! 😀

  • Ooh I love a good drizzle! It’s always my cake of choice when we go out for tea and cake xx

  • I know the feeling about not wanting to spoil jaffa cakes for yourself…! Lemon drizzle is the way forward I feel 🙂 x

  • Looks delicious!! Did you join the challenge last year? Glad to see a new face 🙂 I did it last year and it was a bit fattening haha Your cake looks amazing and delicious!x

  • Beautiful new kitchen! And beautiful cake 🙂 I’m tied between Val and Selasi as well!

  • The cake looks awesome! I really want to try and get my bake on a bit more, just hard to find the time!!

  • A) You are too cute. B) This made me really crave cointreau is that weird? C) your kitchen is gorgeous! x

  • So in the midst of my water crisis (leak in the pipes) yesterday, I decided that I wanted to join in with the Bake Off Bake Along… so I rushed together a lemon drizzle and now I’m panicking over biscuits. Is it biscuits this week?! I haven’t watched the Bake Off yet… I will be watching it tonight!

    My lemon drizzle will be gracing the blog tomorrow just in time for the link it!

    FYI, I can juggle. Kris taught me haha!

  • Oh I hope you’re all caught up now! It’s a good bunch of characters.
    I’ll defo be making this one again, it tasted great!
    M x

  • He is incredible! A pastry chef too, win!! He does love to get in the kitchen now and again, thankfully not too often or I’d have to run up a whole lot more devonish hills to stay in shape!
    Your mirror glazed cake looked ridiculously amazing!
    M x

  • Ha, it’s taken 10 long years to get him to stay out! And just occasionally he’ll wander in chuck a couple extra ingredients into whatever I’m cooking and make it taste insanely good – both awesome and really bloody annoying!

    Yours looked great, I wanted to chuck some gin in instead of the Cointreau but chickened out!
    M x

  • Thanks Jen, it was really good. I don’t bake so I feel it’s ok to be THIS proud of my effort – doesn’t bode well for the next few weeks though!! Send help.
    M x

  • Hey mamabear. Fanks, it was pretty exciting. Not as exciting as your week though. Probably.
    Congratulations to you xxx

  • It was a risk I just couldn’t take!! And I was so pleased with how this one came out.
    Roll on biscuits…
    M x

  • Thanks Camila, it was pretty good. And nope, this is my first year – I think I’ll have to start taking it to work won’t I? The husband made scones on the same day so we’ve eaten nothing but white flour for a week! Bad bad times.
    M x

  • Ah thanks so much, I’m a bit smug about the kitchen and the cake! I’m sure biscuit week will put me back in my place!
    M x

  • Isn’t it?? I can’t bake and multi-task either – I’m so naff that I really have to concentrate!
    Hope you’re having a great week?
    M x

  • Oh stop it you! I may have had a small liqueur with a slice in the evening. I felt like my nan (and oh so awesome!)
    M x

  • Hope your pipes are fixed!
    It is biscuits, I’m scared of biscuits too. It’s MUCH easier to just open a box…hang on a minute….I wouldn’t. Would I? And I’m genuinely jealous, I had some horriffic outtakes proving that I 100% lack juggling skills. One hundred percent.
    M x

  • The best kind of nan! x

  • This sounds great! Will definitely be adding some booze to my next drizzle!x

  • Mmmm…Cointreau. Haven’t had that for years, other than the odd liqueur chocolate! You’re a much better baker than you give yourself credit for, M!!

  • Alexandra Donnelly

    Just an FYI, I discovered your blog and feckin’ love it! It even makes me give a real out-loud chuckle which is saying a lot. Good work on the blog and on the cake!