Blackcurrant and Lime Citrus Drizzle Cake

This is a variation on a theme but one that makes good use of the frozen glut of blackcurrants we have.

For 2 loaf cakes you need:
225g butter
225g caster sugar
250g self raising flour
3 eggs
zest of 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange
juice of 1 lime and 1 orange
450g blackcurrants, plus 50g extra
150g sugar
juice of 1 orange, 2 lemons and 2 limes plus the zest of each

Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and then mix in the flour. Add the zest, juices and 450g currants. Mix well. Scrape into 2 lined loaf tins. Scatter over the remaining 50g currants. Bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or so.

Meanwhile make the syrup by gently heating the sugar, juices and zests. Leave to cool. Once the cakes are done, prick all over and pour over the syrup. Leave to cool and then scoff. Nom nom nom

Lime Drizzle Cake with Blackcurrants and Raspberries

This is based on a recipe in Good Foods 101 Cakes and Bakes.

For about 20 slices you need:
225g soft butter
225g caster sugar
250g self raising flour
25g ground almonds
100g blackcurrants
100g raspberries
juice and rind of 2 limes
4 eggs
50g flaked almonds

For the syrup:
140g caster sugar
juice of 2 limes and 2 lemons

Begin by making the cake. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs, lime juice and rind, flour, ground almonds and a little milk if necessary to make a smooth but thick batter. Fold in 2/3 of the fruit and scrape into 2 lined loaf tins. Scatter over the rest of the fruit and the flaked almonds. Bake in a moderate (150 degrees) oven for about 45 mins.

Meanwhile make the syrup – gently heat the juice and sugar til the sugar has dissolved. Once the cakes are cooked, prick with a cocktail stick and pour over the syrup. Allow the cakes to cool completely before cutting into slices and enjoying.