Our small group Lenten journey has officially come to a close today as the readings from Lent for Everyone: Mark are now complete. I look forward to sharing about what this journey has meant for the people in the group and for myself but, until then, I would love to share the cake that we enjoyed during our last full meeting together thanks to Olive: A Heart Shaped Cake, Lemon Flavour with a Little Cross Design.
I thought of making a heart shaped cake as I did the readings of the week before Passion week.
I was reminded of God’s lavish love towards us in that He sent His Son to die on the cross in our stead. One of the readings mentioned Jesus love for the rich young ruler. Many other times we can note His love and compassion for us. As we move towards His entering to Jerusalem and Passion week I am struck by His greatest expression of love for us shown by going to the cross.
The cake has a lemon/sweet taste. I thought of the bitter taste showing Jesus suffering for us. And the sweet taste showing God’s love for mankind being so strong that He sent His Son to the Cross in our stead. ~ Olive
A Heart Shaped Cake, Lemon Flavour with a Little Cross Design on it
225g castor sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
225g self-raising flour
4 eggs lightly beaten
4 tbs lemon juice
Sieved icing sugar
Lemon juice to mix
Some cherries to decorate in shape of cross.
Oven heat: 160c
Grease and line tin (heart shaped)
Cream butter and sugar until pale. Add zest. Sieve flour and baking powder.
Add eggs to creamed mixture, little at a time, beating well. Add 1 tbs flour for each egg.
Use metal spoon. Spoon in remaining flour. Fold in lemon juice. Spoon mixture into tins.
Bake for 25 mins. When feels springy remove from oven. Sit in cooking tin for 5 mins. Turn out onto cooling rack.
Mix icing ingredients and spread.
Decorate with cherries cut in half in the shape of a cross.