Bake something inspired by the Great British Bake Off

This month we challenged Joanne to bake us something inspired by the Great British Bake Off!

What would you bake to impress the judges? Why not share your creations with us and we'll feature you in the Trex Family Bakery.

Just post your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #BakingWithTrex.

Treating mum to a lemon drizzle cake

My mum is a great baker and when I was young she’d always get me involved, helping to mix or measure out ingredients – and of course I’d be licking the spoon! Now when I visit she greets me with home baked goodies and I’m always taking some away so I have a treat for after dinner.

When Trex challenged me to bake something inspired by the Great British Bake Off I was at first daunted! How could I impress the judges? I work long hours during the week and wondered what I could make that wouldn’t need too much time. I love lemon drizzle cake and decided to use a recipe from Mary Berry’s website. I was surprised at how easy it actually was. The final result might not look amazing but it was moist and tasted delicious. And importantly my mum gave it her taste test approval!

So now I’ll be trying more simple recipes and treating my mum instead. Next week I’ll follow in the footsteps of the Bake Off contestants and bake a Victoria Sponge!

Ingredients

  • 180g Trex softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Finely grated rind of 2 lemons

For the crunchy topping:

  • 175g granulated sugar
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest and juice of ½ orange (I added this bit in as I like oranges!)

Preparation time: about 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 35-40 minutes

Step 1

Grease and line the side of a baking tin (I used a 2lb tin), and pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Simply put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Step 2

I found it useful that the Trex packaging had marks indicating how much I needed to use. And there was a conversion chart on the website to convert the amount of Trex to use instead of butter.

Step 3

Beat well until smooth. I don’t have an electric mixer so I used a wooden spoon, and it didn’t take long at all to get rid of any lumps. It felt really nice and smooth.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into the tin and level off with the back of a spoon or a knife.

Step 5

Pop in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the cake is springy. I also used the knife test to see that it came out clean.

Step 6

Let the cake cool for a while before taking it out the tin, remove the paper and pour the topping over while it's still warm.

Step 7

Cut into slices and eat! 

Top tip

Clean up as you go! It’s a simple tip but my mum always did this. Means you don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of washing up to do!