Lest We Forget...
Lemon & Poppy Seed Cakes
The Gents thought it might be a nice idea to do a bake for Remembrance Sunday in honour of the courageous few who gave and continue to give their lives in defense of the nation. The poppy is probably the most evocative symbol of the Royal British Legion and their annual Poppy Appeal which seeks to raise funds to support those affected in serving to defend the realm.
What else could we possibly do than a poppy seed cake! There are many recipes to chose from but the Gents love this light and delicate recipe from Martha Collinson for Waitrose. Although her recipe is for a sandwich cake, we decided to make individual cakes.
Start by creaming your butter and sugar until light and fluffy before slowly adding your eggs. Mix your flour, baking powder and poppy seeds in a separate bowl then fold in to your egg mix. Divide between greased and lined sandwich pans or, if you're making individual cakes, divide between your mini cake tins of cases then bake until are lightly golden and they spring back. Set aside to cool.
For the buttercream; mix icing sugar and butter until smooth and fluffy then pipe over your cake/s. We used fondant to create poppies to decorate our cakes and The Royal British Legion's paper poppy makes a great simple template so we used that as our guide.