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Debenhams’ Ashley Thomas: Great British Bake-Off winner?



We all know Ashley Thomas, our brilliant Home designer, is a whizz when it comes to creating amazing home accessories. But did you also know she’s a dab hand when it comes to cooking too?

Well, Ashley is a massive Great British Bake Off fan and will be posting her own kitchen creations as the series progresses.

She said: “I’m really excited to have The Great British Bake off back on our tellies. I love baking, even though I could never compete with the contestants on the show!

“I’d like to think that I’ll attempt anything at least once, so this year I’m going to bake along with British Bake off. There is a different category each week so I’ll make something in that category and aim to post photos of what I’ve made and the recipe too.

“This week the category was cake! I’ve started with quite a simply recipe so everyone can join in.”

So to make Ashley’s brilliant recipe for Lemon & Elderflower cake you’ll need…

Cake mixture
150g softened butter, 200g caster sugar, 2 large eggs: beaten, 65ml Elderflower cordial, 1 tsp baking powder, zest of 1 ½ lemons, 200g self-raising flour

100g sugar, juice of 1 ½ lemons, 75ml Elderflower cordial, 50ml water

100g butter, 150g icing sugar

To make…
Pre-heat the oven to 180oC/gas mark 4.
Line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
Mix together the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl.
Add the eggs, cordial, baking powder and lemon zest.
Fold in the flour until smooth.
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 40mins or until golden.

Meanwhile, make the syrup...
Put the sugar, lemon juice, Elderflower cordial and water into a saucepan and mix together. Heat for five minutes or until sugar had dissolved. Leave to cool. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool completely.

Now, make your icing…
Mix together the butter and icing sugar, until it is a creamy consistency. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a glug of Elderflower cordial to taste. Skewer the cake with a fork and pour over the syrup, allowing it to soak into the holes. Spread the icing over the cake and decorate with the left over lemon 1/2 cut into thin slices.

And there you have it!

Tell what you think of Ashley’s ace recipe in the comments below or send us photos of your efforts via Twitter to @homewithashley and @DebsEd_Mark

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