Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Lemon Swirl Cake

I'm a woman on a mission (sings song in head), a mission to lose 10lbs. I've had a great Easter, probably a bit too great and my waistline is showing the strain! I've always used Weight Watchers to lose the excess pounds and I love their magazine for great recipes and meal ideas. This cake comes from one of their magazines. It's a really pretty cake, it's particularly seasonal, easy to make and low fat to boot. It might just make the diet a little easier to struggle through too!

4 points per serving, serves 6. 247 calories per serving.


110g margarine
75g golden caster sugar
2 eggs beaten
110g self raising flour, sifted
1tsp baking powder
Finely grated zest 1 lemon
150g pot 0% fat Greek yogurt
1tsp icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp lemon curd
6 sugared violets to decorate


Preheat the oven to 190oc, fan oven 170oc.

Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment.

Place the margarine and sugar in a large bowl and beat until pale and soft. Add the beaten egg a little at a time, beating well in between each addition. Fold in the sifted flour, lemon zest and baking powder. Spoon into the tin and level the surface.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then lift out, remove the paper and cool on a wire rack.

To serve cut the cake in half vertically to make two rectangles. Mix together the yogurt and icing sugar, and spread over the top of both halves. Swirl the lemon curd through the yogurt, then sandwich the halves together and decorate the top with the violets.


Brownieville Girl said...

Wonderful presentation Helen.

This post just might be the kick start I needed to get back on the wagon!

Lucie said...

Such a pretty cake! Thanks for sharing. I must try this out - Good luck with the WW - I need to get back to counting points too! Lucie x

Rhyleysgranny said...

That looks gorgeous. I see there is no fat. Just the sort of cake I need x

Jean Peters said...

Wow this looks good Vicky and isnt going to hit the waist line too hard. Good luck with the weight loss - know the feeling. Thinks the kids have enough eggs to last until next Easter xx

Helen Tate said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments. I keep eating bits of their Easter eggs, so they've been put in a huge basket on top of the wardrobe!! Oh, I wish chocolate was low fat!!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks gorgeous, I love to decorate cakes with crystalised flowers too, they just look so special!

Maria♥ said...

Wow, this cake looks gorgeous and even better that its low fat. I am doing WW too and highly recommend their cookbooks.


George@CulinaryTravels said...

Looks fabulous. Really pretty too.

Gloria said...

Look wonderful dear Helen! gloria