Minecraft and a gluten free lemon drizzle cake

When my two lads talk to me about Minecraft, the computer game, this is what I hear:

Minecraft blah blah blah

Enderman blah blah blah

Diamonds, pigs, blah blah blah

Villagers blah blah blah

Me: Oh really, That’s great!

I could feel really bad but then I remember that this is what they hear when I speak to them:

What did you do today blah blah blah

Homework blah blah blah

Shut the door blah blah blah

Wash your hands blah blah blah

Tidy your room blah blah blah

So we are even.

Parenting can be a battlefield but we all need to eat. Every living creature in our house loves this cake. I mean, they really love it. Gluten is not missed and every bite is moist, sweet, tangy and tender. Just like life itself.


125g butter, room temperature
130g caster sugar
Zest of one large or two small lemons
2 large eggs
65 ml milk
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or essence)
100g gluten free self-raising flour
50g sorghum flour
30g almond meal
2 tsps gf baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Lemon Syrup
2 tbl sugar
Juice of the zested lemon

Preheat the oven 180 degrees or 170 fan forced, then prepare and line a loaf tin.
Cream the butter and sugar in the food processor.
Add the lemon rind and pulse.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until nice and smooth.
(If you do not have a food processor, use a stand mixer, electric hand beater or go old school and use a hand whisk!)
Bake the cake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
For the lemon syrup, whilst the cake is baking, heat the sugar and juice of the lemon until the sugar has dissolved. Set it aside until you need it.
Whilst the cake is still in the tin, place it on a cooling rack.
Pierce the cake all over with a skewer then spoon over the lemon syrup. Use it all, the cake will soak up the syrup as it cools.
Let the cake cool completely in the tin before serving.
Slice and eat it. We did.

A Cheergerm adaptation from the UK Telegraph website. The link is provided below.


A wee thanks for the ‘Sunshine’ blog award nomination to Windy Mama who blogs at Wuthering Bites. Go and have a read of her clever award acceptance post.


16 thoughts on “Minecraft and a gluten free lemon drizzle cake

  1. I have made a plan, Cheergerm. Since I’ve just spent the weekend hearing and blethering a million blah blah blahs with both my kids, I will make two of these sweet-tart treats. One for them that they can eat in another room and share in their misery over my incessant parental poo-pooing, and one for myself where I can relish this pure delight all on my own in delicious silence.
    And then they can do the dishes.

    • Now that, Mrs P, sounds like a sound and sensible plan. Everyone left to their own devices, with a slice of cake and not ‘a clanging gong or cymbal’ to be heard anywhere. And then they can come here and do our dishes too… Yes? ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Mine are yet to discover Minecraft so #phew In other news, this cake looks 10 types of amazing and I wanna bake it but I finished off my almond meal yesterday and I just got back from the shops #grrrr

    • #itsjustamatteroftime Ha! You never know, you may escape it, fingers crossed. It’s a really nice cake, its on my weekend to do list again. Damn it, you need an almond meal teleporter Mrs Hungry!

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