Spanish lemon almond cake

Almond blossom

Today is my birthday. I think a cake post is in order. I wanted to reference the sights and flavours of Majorca, particularly the citrus. As I have already baked some orange cakes in January I chose lemon this time.

Lemon tree at the Museum of Modern Art, Palma

Before we go on to the recipe I want to remind my readers why I am writing this blog. This year I am raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF funds research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. In 2019 I am planning to run a half marathon every month. The next one is on 23rd March in Buckinghamshire. 

This blog is a fun way to raise awareness and point you all in the direction of my fundraising page! It also means I can shamelessly research cake recipes, bake cakes and eat cake.

More almond blossom

All over Majorca we saw almond, olive, orange and lemon trees. Today’s cake has almonds, lemons and olive oil.

I looked at a few recipes for this type of cake, and there are a lot out there. I have in the past made some lovely flourless citrus cakes, using just ground almonds. Indeed my actual birthday cake today – made by my very talented sister – was a delicious clementine almond cake. But I wanted to make individual cakes and I thought they might come out a bit too heavy and rich with just almonds. The one I used from this website dedicated to Spanish food was just right, using all the particular ingredients I wanted to include.

I followed the recipe exactly. The only difference was making small cakes, or buns, instead of a full size version. They needed about 20-25 minutes in the oven. (I can highly recommend silicone cake cups as in the above photo. Those ones came from IKEA.) The result? Beautifully soft and fluffy, lemony cakes with a subtle olive oil taste. I will definitely make these again.

Super tasty lemon, almond, olive oil cakes

Thank you for reading. Many thanks to all who have donated via my Virgin Money Giving Page already, or via Facebook.

I have had a great birthday (yes I did go for a 10k run in the rain!) with yummy cake (not made by me!). Thanks for all your good wishes. 🙂

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a lemon tree in your back garden?!

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