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Make a delicious cake with easy to grow lemon balm

Lemon Balm Cake Recipe

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Growing lemon balm

Lemon Balm (pictured above) is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden. It is used traditionally as a remedy for feverish colds and to improve digestion amongst other claimed medical benefits as well as being a culinary herb to add the flavour of lemons to teas, sauces, and salads, or as a garnish for a wide range of dishes.

In this article we will look at one use of lemon balm - a delicious lemon balm cake.

Recipe for Lemon Balm Cake

Lemon balm cake is a traditional old Finnish cake with a delicate lemon flavour. This recipe is for a 10 inch round cake tin which will serve 10-15 people.

The ingredients for this recipe are 250g of butter, 250g of granulated sugar, 250g of plain flour, and 4 eggs together with 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 25 lemon balm leaves, and half a lemon.

Start off by chopping the 25 lemon balm leaves, juicing the half a lemon, and removing the zest from the lemon. Grease and flour your cake tin. Put these to one side. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees Celcius (gas mark 3, 330 degrees Farenheit).

Cream the butter and sugar together using a mixer until the mixture is fluffy and light. Then add the eggs one by one while still mixing. Now mix the baking powder with the flour and sift it one-third at a time into the creamed mixture folding it in gently. Finally fold in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the chopped lemon balm leaves.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and put it into the oven for around 50 minutes, testing if it is ready by inserting a knife into the thickest part of the cake and checking if it comes out clean (cake done).

Leave the cake to cool, and then turn it out of the pan and leave to cool on a wire rack so that it does not get soggy.

The lemon balm cake can be served as it is, with whipped cream, and/or garnished with lemon balm leaves, lemon zest, and icing sugar.

Article Published: 14:43, 15th Jun 2011

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