Put the flour, sugar, oil, milk, lemon rind and 5 tsp of lemon juice into a mix bowl and beat to a smooth batter.
Pour in to a lined and greased round tin, I use a 7 inch loose bottomed tin but to be honest any tin will do!
Put the cake into the oven for 50 minutes. (If you use a bigger tin cook for less time) when you prick with a knife the knife should come out clean.
Whilst the cake cooks mix the juice of the two lemons with the icing sugar.
Once the cake comes out of the oven pour over half of the lemon and sugar mix. Wait five minutes then pour on the other half.
Allow it to cool in the tin.
Tips and Cheats
Don’t worry if you have no lemons and just a bottle of juice. You can omit the rind! I like the flavour and texture it gives but it works without it. You can make it as cupcakes (cook for 15 minutes) or you can cook as a tray bake (30 minutes). It is lovely warm with some plant based cream on top too!
In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, oil, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Split the mix in half and colour one half pink and one half yellow. (This is totally optional!)
I use a small roasting tin to cook the cake in but you can use any tin you wish. Line the tin with baking paper.
Pour in the pink mix and spread evenly.
Carefully pour over the yellow mix and very gently spread it out.
Cook for 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool
To make the icing put the icing sugar in a bowl and add in a tsp of water at a time until you get a thick icing. It should just be able to pour.
take out 3 tbsp of the icing and colour pink.
Pour the white icing over the cake and then either using a piping bag or a spoon drizzle over the pink icing in a pattern of your choice!
Allow the icing to set before cutting.
Tips and cheats
This cake really is a chuck it all in and mix cake it is so easy. You don’t have to colour the batter and you don’t have to colour the icing. Depending on your oven cooking time will vary slightly by 5 minutes so just watch it from 25 min so it doesn’t burn.
So many options with this! you can take out the cinnamon and add in a cup of dark chocolate chips or a cup of dried cranberries. You can add a cup of chopped nuts or you can add a layer of nuts to the top before cooking. If you don’t have a loaf tin just bake as a cake in a square or round tin and reduce the cooking time to about 30/35 minutes.