Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Since we had some special visitors coming yesterday, I got up early and jumped on the ipad and opened the pinterest app. I wanted to make something nice and try out a new recipe. My hubby’s brother and his lovely wife with their two little kidlets were coming for lunch and afternoon tea. We always enjoy seeing them all and love having a chat. The kids toys come out and get spread all over the lounge room floor. They spend the time playing, chasing each other and going from room to room checking everything out. And then when it comes time for them to leave, we are already planning our next get together. Every time the kids have a ball playing with each other.

For our lovely afternoon tea, I chose to make a Lemon Pound Cake. I had some lemons that I needed to use and I haven’t made a lemon cake for awhile.lemoncake

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ½ tlbs baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 160 gms unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tlbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Line cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt and then mix while slowly adding the milk until combined.
  5. Then add lemon juice and lemon zest, mix in gently.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake cake until tester inserted into centre comes out clean, about 45 - 55 minutes. Depending on your ovens cooking time. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn cake out onto cake rack and cool completely.
This recipe was adapted from Plain Chicken

Once the cake had cooled down, I made up some lemon icing using icing sugar, soft butter, juice from 1 lemon and some milk. I cut the cake in half and spread some icing in the middle. I put the cake top back on and then used up the rest of the lemon icing for the top. I decided the cake needed something else to put on top of the icing so I looked in the cupboard and found some shredded coconut. I sprinkled some on top, perfect! The cake was ready for afternoon tea.lemoncake1After lunch was over and some chatting was done, the kettle was put on. The cake was sliced and served up, time to dig in. Well, the cake was a hit and everyone loved it. It was lemony and moist. The amount of lemon in it was just right. It was a refreshing moist lemony pound cake! It wasn’t heavy. There was some room for a second slice but it was nice to just enjoy the one. I will definitely make this again. There was alot of mmm’s, yuumm’s and so nice. I have pinned it on my baked goods board in pinterest. YUM!

Happy baking!




Baking, Breakfast, garden, Going for a drive, Recipes, Relax, Sewing

A Morning Coffee With Me…

Hi there and how are you today. If you have come over from Pips place, welcome! I’m Simone, come into my lounge and lets find a spot to sit down on the couch. I can put the kettle on or would you like a coffee. I love using my coffee machine, a latte or cappuccino?

It seems so long ago now but back in May I enrolled in a fantastic blogging course called Blog with Pip. I met some lovely new friends and even learnt some new things about blogging too. I might even go back and enrol for the July group.

Now although the course has finished, our last thing to do is to share our 5 things that we are loving right now and join in with Pip over at meet me at mikes. She is hosting A Cuppa Tea with Me so her May students can share some things about themselves. Unfortunately I don’t drink tea as I love coffee too much. The only time I have drunk tea is when I had morning sickness with all five pregnancies and last check, I am not pregnant! But I might put the kettle on and grab a tea bag if I feel the sniffles coming along. A nice warm cuppa will fix that.

So, with our nice warm drinks and a special morning treat here are my five things I am loving right now…

1. My cup of coffee. I always have one in the morning at around 9.30 am. It’s my routine and I love it. And if I have done some baking for the kids, I will indulge in a treat for testing purposes of course! Baked good seen here were Jam rolls made with small bread rolls and baked in the oven. I made these for the kids breakfast this morning. School holidays have started so I get to try out some new breakfast recipes. These were very nice and the kids liked them, tick!cupcoffee 2. Venturing out and going for a walk with my hubby. Exploring new parks and places. Enjoying some ‘we’ time.

hubbytree copy3.  I am finally using my overlocker my hubby bought me two years ago for my birthday. I joined in The Hottie Project which is hosted by Lisa from Big Little. I have missed being able to sew. But not anymore, there will be more sewing projects to come!hottieproject14c4. Baking in my kitchen. Just making, baking and making! I love trying new recipes and the best bit is I have lots of helpers to test them for me. I made this for breakfast last Saturday. It is a german style oven pancake. Very yummy, hubby and I had two servings! We had a good reason, we needed that extra serve so we could finish off our coffee!cupcoffee5. Using my Nikon D3200 dslr camera. Hubby bought this for me for christmas. I love photography. I am learning all the time how to use my camera and enjoy jumping into the car and finding places we can visit to take photos. This photo was taken on my birthday weekend getaway. Hubby and I went to Daylesford for a weekend and found this church between towns. It was a beautiful church just sitting there in the open between fields of grass and fences.daylesfordtripWell, what a lovely chat we have had! I am glad that you dropped by. Now don’t leave it too long between visits. I would love to put that kettle back on. There might just be a freshly baked treat sitting on the bench cooling.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

See you next time,





P.S. Normally I do a post about what is happening in my garden or parks that I have visited. Anyone can join in and you share your garden, someone else’s or a park that you have been to. All you do is link your blog via the linky at the bottom of my post. But since we are having a tea party today I have postponed it. I don’t want to miss out on all the fun. I love having a chat and meeting new friends. There might even be some of you that would like to join in next time. The more the merrier, I say!!



Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Marble Cake and Almond Cake recipes

SnSmarble2 SnSalmond2I love doing some baking on the weekends. Trying out new recipes is always fun and eating the end results is even better. Sunday was upon us and it was time to get in the kitchen and bake.

I picked out a Marble cake recipe I found on Pinterest. I haven’t made a Marble cake in ages. There were so many different styles of recipes to choose from. SnSmarble1

Marble Cake recipe
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Best eaten on the day it was baked.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 14
  • 2 cups of plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 175 gms butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups caster sugar + 3 tlbs extra caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 1 tlbs instant coffee powder
  • red food colouring
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C.
  2. Line a large cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In a small bowl, add the hot water, coffee powder, cocoa powder and 3 tlbs sugar and mix until smooth with no lumps. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl add the butter and beat it until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until combined. Next add the vanilla essence and beat until light in colour.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix.
  6. Then add the sifted flour, baking powder and salt, mix until combined.
  7. Divide the mixture up into 3 bowls. Add red food colouring to one of the cake batters and mix until combined.
  8. Then add the cocoa mixture to one of the other cake batters and mix well.
  9. You can then add the plain, chocolate and pink cake batter randomly into the cake pan. Then you can swirl the mixture with a knife or spoon.
  10. Bake in the oven for 45 to 55 mins. Check with a cake skewer to see if it's done.
  11. Remove for the oven and cool in the pan for 5 mins. Then cool completely on a cake rack.
  12. We iced the cake with just a chocolate icing. I don't have the exact measurements as I just mix it together and go by feel. The ingredients I used was icing sugar, cocoa, butter and milk.
  13. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from sailusfood

The recipe I used was okay but I found that the cake was only a one dayer cake. One dayer meaning best eaten on the day of being baked. It was really nice on the day but I had a piece this morning and felt it was a bit dry. I ended up putting it in the microwave for 10 secs and that made it better to eat. The cake has a small amount of instant coffee in it and the kids said that they could taste it. I could taste a slight hint of coffee which was nice but I might omit that next time and see if it makes a taste difference. Some of the kids didn’t like that you could taste the coffee. If I make this recipe again, I would definitely do some changes.SnSmarble3SnSalmond

Now this Almond Cake is our favourite recipe at the moment. My hubby and kids requested that I make this again. It is an easy recipe to follow and quick to mix together.

Almond Cake recipe
Recipe type: Cake
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar (I used 2 pkts of vanillin sugar and then filled the rest up with caster sugar)
  • 1 lemon, zested and finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour (I used ½ cup of plain flour and ½ cup almond meal)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tlbs sliced almonds
  • 1 tlbs raw sugar
  1. Preheat oven at 150°C fan forced/170°C
  2. Line a 9 inch cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In mixing bowl, add vanilla sugar and finely grated lemon zest .
  4. Add eggs, one at a time and mix.
  5. Add in salt.
  6. Mix in the flour and melted butter until combined.
  7. Pour batter into the cake pan.
  8. Sprinkle raw sugar and almonds on top.
  9. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Remove from oven, cool several minutes before taking out and transfer to a cake rack.
  10. You can eat it warm or at room temperature.
  11. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from shugarysweets

The Almond cake we find is a perfect accompaniment to our afternoon cup of coffee. It has a great texture and is not too sweet. The last time I made it, I thought the kids wouldn’t like it because it had the almonds on top but I was surprised, they really like it. When the kids request that I make a cake again, I know that it has their tick of approval!SnSalmond3 Happy baking!


Baking, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday morning baking

cakehnt1 applecake So as I promised here are the recipes for these two cakes that I baked for Sunday baking sunday. The first cake recipe came from a gorgeous handmade magazine called Hundreds and Thousands. The two girls that put together this great mag are Mezz from mezzmakesstuff and Taz from butterandbuntings. The pages are full of interesting things to read such as recipes, craft ideas and places they visit. They also have a blog for the mag and you can find them at hntmag1 hntmag2 hntmag3They have sold out of this issue but are currently putting together issue 2, Yay! Now the second cake I adapted from a recipe that was over at the lovely Annette from igiveyoutheverbs. Her recipe was a Date, Carrot and Honey Loaf. I didn’t have dates or honey what I did have was apple, coconut and carrots. But I thought adding carrots to apple and coconut didn’t sound like a good combination. So I replaced the dates with apple and replaced carrot with coconut. I didn’t have enough honey either so I just used brown sugar. I followed the recipe exactly the same just some of the ingredients were different. It turned out pretty good. The kids weren’t to keen on it though they much preferred the Hundreds and Thousands Cake.

Hundreds and Thousands Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 10-12
  • 75gms melted butter or coconut oil
  • 200ml honey (I didn't have enough honey so I used ⅔ cup sugar)
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 generous splashes of vanilla extract (I used 2 tsps of vanilla essence)
  • 200gms plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 block of cream cheese for the icing (I didn't have cream cheese so I just did a vanilla icing mix with icing sugar, butter and milk)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/ 180°C
  2. Sieve the baking soda and flour into a large bowl or mixer.
  3. Add all the other ingredients then the melted butter/oil. Mix well until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into 2 greased and lined round cake tins (I just poured the cake batter into one round tin)
  5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Icing: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add ⅓ cup honey and a dash of vanilla. Mix well and taste. Spread on one cake then put another cake on top and spread the rest of the icing over cake. (I just iced the top of my whole cake as I made just one. I didn't halve it.)
  8. Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.
  9. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from the hundreds and thousands mag. You can find the blog here hundredsandthousandsmag

Apple and Coconut Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8-10
  • 1½ cups of chopped apple
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 60 gms butter chopped
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • ½ cup coconut
  • Raw sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced /180°C
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  3. Place chopped apples, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan.
  4. Stir over a medium heat until the apples have softened.
  5. Add the chopped butter and stir until melted. Take off the heat and add vanilla essence.
  6. Add the sifted flour and coconut and gently mix until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and spread out until even.
  8. Sprinkle over the top with raw sugar.
  9. Bake for 30-40mins or until the skewer comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from igiveyoutheverbs

cakehnt2This cake was a success and the kids really enjoyed eating it. It was a simple and easy cake to make and it turned out soft and moist. The kids have requested that I make this again, please muuummm!!applecake1Now this cake was pretty good. The apples were nice and soft. The texture was alright but next time I would like to make the recipe again and maybe change it abit. I would also like to try making the recipe that I adapted this from and see if there is any texture difference between the two. cakehnt3 This is what was left of the Hundreds and Thousands Cake, just enough for the kids to take to school today for their lunch boxes. Yum Yum, make again please mum!! Happy baking!