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Chia Seed Lemon Drizzle Cake

This Chia seed loaf cake is packed with the goodness of healthy chia seeds, flavoured with lemon syrup and iced with a tangy lemon frosting.
4.78 from 9 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: lemon cake, lemon drizzle cake, Loaf cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Alter quantities (metric only) 10 slices

Ingredients you'll need...

Chia Seed Cake

  • 180 g self raising flour (1 Cup and 4 tablespoons) or use plain/AP flour and add add 2 teaspoons of baking powder in total
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 80 g unsalted butter softened (⅓ Cup)
  • 225 g caster (superfine) sugar (1 Cup)
  • 90 ml natural or Greek yoghurt (6 level tablespoons for just over ⅓ Cup)
  • tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2-3 teaspoon lemon zest (roughly 3 small/medium lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (roughly juice of 1 small/medium lemon)
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature (US = extra large)

Lemon Syrup Soak

  • 35 g caster sugar (2½ tablespoons)
  • 30 ml water (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

Lemon Icing

  • 150 g icing (confectioner's) sugar sifted (13 tablespoons)
  • tablespoon juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoon chia seeds

Here's what we do...

  • Set your oven to 350°F/180°C/160°C/Gas mark 4
  • Line the base and sides of your loaf tin with greaseproof paper and grease the exposed ends of the tin (see picture in main blog).
  • Sift together your flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Using the paddle attachment fitted to your stand mixer or beaters for your hand mixer, beat your butter a few times to ensure nice and soft.
  • Add your caster sugar and beat until a dry paste is formed.
  • Mix together your yoghurt, chia seeds, lemon zest and lemon juice and then add it all to your beaten butter and sugar. Beat a few times until just combined and wipe your bowl down with your spatula intermittently to ensure everything is equally mixed.
  • Add one egg and a heaped dessertspoonful of your sifted flour mixture and beat on a low setting until combined.
  • Repeat twice more until the eggs are all mixed in.
  • On a low setting beat in the remaining flour until just combined, again wiping down with your spatula to ensure all of the batter is mixed in.
  • Give the mixture a fast beat on medium-high for 10 seconds and no more. It should look smooth and silky when ready,
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and level out.
  • Place in the centre of your oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Lemon syrup

  • 10 minutes before your cake is due to come out of your oven make your lemon syrup.
  • Stirring continuously, heat your water and sugar in your small saucepan over a low heat until all of the sugar crystals disappear.
  • As soon as your cake is out of the oven, use a skewer to prick holes in the cake all over.
  • Mix your lemon juice into your sugar syrup and then immediately pour over your cake whilst it is hot, leave it to cool in the tin for 20 minutes.
  • Remove to a cool rack to continue to cool.

Lemon icing

  • Once your cake has completely cooled make your icing.
  • Mix together your sifted icing sugar and lemon juice until fully combined.
  • Hold a dessert spoon full of icing over the centre of the cake and allow to naturally drizzle over the cake and drip down the sides,
  • Sprinkle over chia seeds.
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Supporting Notes

Key tips:
Don't overbeat your mixture, it will take some of the air out.
This cake will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container
Place on kitchen paper as it is quite moist.

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