The cake to cook when your child is scared of the mix-master

31 May

My toddler is scared of the mix master. In fact, she hates it. She’s also freaked out by the blender, vaccuum cleaner, dust-buster and hairdryer. Can you see a pattern here? Yep, basically she’s phobic about all noisy things with a cutting, blowing or sucking motion. Sometimes this is useful. Let’s say she won’t eat dinner. Well, I can just threaten to get out the dust-buster to eat it up for her and voila, dinner gets eaten. Also, let’s face it, what mum wouldn’t want an excuse to not vacuum or cook? However, it’s kind of  pain when I actually do want to cook a cake. The recipe below is  life-saver. There’s no creaming of butter and sugar but it still tastest like a real, made it myself and it took 2 hours, kind of cake. And the icing is delish. FYI – I don’t have a fluted ring tin, I just cooked it in a loaf pan and tested if after 35 minutes (it needed a little longer).

Donna Hay’s Lemon Yoghurt Cake
¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup (280g) thick natural yoghurt
1¾ cups (385g) caster (superfine) sugar
2 cups (300g) self-raising (self-rising) flour

lemon frosting
¾ cup (120g) granulated sugar
¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the oil, eggs, rind, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a greased 24cm fluted ring tin and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. While the cake is still hot remove from the tin and place on a plate.

To make the lemon frosting, gently stir together the sugar and lemon juice. Spoon over the cake and allow to set. Serve warm.


One Response to “The cake to cook when your child is scared of the mix-master”

  1. Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    where would we be in the world without Donna Hay…HEY?

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