it is New Year's Eve - do you need a present to bring to the party tonight? How about a quickly prepared homemade cake? here is a refreshing new recipe by hummingbird bakery that is easy to make - you'll only need about an hour of preparation time...

190 g butter, at room temperature
lemon zest of 2 organic lemons
2 tsp thyme (finely chopped)
190 g sugar
3 eggs
190 g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
25 g sour cream / yoghurt

40 g sugar
zest and juice of 1 organic lemon
2 tsp thyme (finely chopped)
some thyme for decorating

  1. put oven to 170°C. butter cake tin and sprinkle with some flour.
  2. mix butter, lemon zest, sugar and thyme on medium speed. switch to high speed for about 2 minutes.
  3. then, on low speed, add eggs - one at a time.
  4. prepare dry ingredients: in a different bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. sift thoroughly and add to butter-sugar mix in two portions.
  5. add sour cream and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. prepare syrup combining all listed ingredients in a pan, adding 40ml of water and bringing to boil.
  7. let boil until mass is reduced to half of its initial amount.
  8. when cake is done, immediately spread syrup on cake evenly.
  9. let cake cool for 15 minutes. take cake out of tin and decorate with some thyme.

et voilà a combination of spice and lemon that'll make you jump in your seat or something. I hope you like it. we did :)


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