Citrus Syrup Cake - two ways.

I have made so many different versions of this cake over the years, but these are two of my favourite ones. Its a nice, easy base recipe that can work with whatever you have in the kitchen, citrus wise.

For the Cake 

125g unsalted butter
175g sugar
2 large eggs
175g self raising flour
pinch of salt
4 tbsp of milk

For Limoncello Cake - Zest of 2 limes and ½ an orange
For Citrus Cake - Zest of 1 lime, 1 lemon and 1 orange

Firstly, as always, preheat your oven, and here we need it at 180⁰C. On the tin front, this works equally as well in the ever traditional loaf tin, or in a square tin for easy cutting into bite sized and waist saving portions. Line the bottom and sides with greaseproof paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar, then mix in the zest (whichever variant) before adding the eggs. Mix them well. Fold in the flour and salt until it’s all nicely mixed in, then add the milk. Spoon into the tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until  golden, risen in the middle and a knife/cake tester comes out clean. Usual rules apply.

While that's cooking away, work on your syrup.

The Syrups

For Limoncello syrup
100g icing sugar
juice of one lime
2tbsp Limoncello

For Citrus Syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice  of 1/2 lime
Juice of 1/2 orange
100g Icing Sugar 

Put the juice and icing sugar in a pan. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Once the cake is done, leave it in the tin, but pierce it all over and bring the syrup to a bubble. This bit gets a little time sensitive here, but don’t worry, it sounds harder than it is. It's done as soon as the syrup starts to turn golden, so at that point remove it from the heat. This is when you add the Limoncello is you are using, it will take a bit of stirring to get it to mix but it does mix in fine. You don't want to burn off the booze after all!! 

Before it gets cool and thick and sticky, pour it over the pre-skewered cake. Leave the cake in the tin until it is cold, then turn out onto a plate. 

If you try this yourself, please leave your own review below!

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