Wholemeal lemon cake

I like to bake but I find that most cakes have so much sugar in them. I know this makes them taste so great but I thought it would be nice to take one of my favourite cakes and reduce the sugar content. I also decided to make it with wholemeal flour; actual this was by accident as I ran out of regular flour but I much prefer the wholemeal flour and lemon combination it gives it a kind of nutty taste. 
This recipe is adapted from the Edmond’s cookery book butter cake recipe. I love the Edmonds book a real New Zealand must have. My parents bought us this book as a wedding gift. It’s kind of a Kiwi tradition that when someone moves into a flat this cook book is given to them. We’ve got the 100th year edition (wow that’s now four years ago!).


150g butter, softened

1 tsp vanialla essence

½ cup sugar (this cake still works with ¼ cup but it wasn’t sweet enough for my liking)

2 eggs

1 cup wholemeal flour

½ cup plan flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ cup milk

½ – 1 juice of a lemon

Soften the butter. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until a light and smooth. Add one egg at a time and beat well after each egg. Fold the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Add the milk and half the juice of half a lemon or a whole lemon depending on how lemony you like your cake. 
Pour/ spoon the mixture into a greased cake tin. Bake at 180°C for 35 to 40 minutes. Bake until the cake starts to brown and poke a skewer in the centre when this comes away clean the cake is ready to take out of the oven. 

Lemon syrup:
1 juice of lemon
¼ cup sugar
Heat the lemon juice and the sugar until the sugar dissolves then pour over the warm cake.
This cake is very forgiving, you can make it with only ¼ cup of sugar if you like but I found it wasn’t sweet enough for my liking. You can also make this cake with only wholemeal flour but it doesn’t hold together very well (so doesn’t look very pretty) though tastes lovely.
This cake is best eaten hot.  If you can’t eat it all when it’s hot (which I don’t suggest as it’s not a good idea to eat a whole cake!) pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to heat it. I love this cake as it’s so super easy to make and comes out great every time.      
John was so cute eating crumbs from the table. 
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