Sunday, 15 June 2014

When Life Gives You Pure Lemon Extract and Lemons - Make Cake

Recently I made a cake for a colleague at work and both Mr R and his father were slightly upset that they didn't get a piece. 

A package arrived with some Nielsen-Massey extracts (I always use their Vanilla Extract and/or Vanilla Bean Paste for the quality and taste) and this package had Almond, Coffee and Lemon extracts.

The Pure Lemon Extract will add a splash of citrus to beverages, vegetables, cakes, cookies, frozen desserts, jams, pies, pastries and the same with the other intense and pure extracts.
I had a lemon that needed using up resulting in my decision to make a Lemon Sponge Cake with a Lemon Cream Cheese frosting.

Basically used my stock Victoria Sponge Recipe:
  • Preheat oven to 180o and prepare your sandwich cake tins.
  • Cream 175gm room temperature butter with 175gm caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each one (if the mixture starts to split you can add a couple of teaspoons from your flour).
  • Add 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract and the grated rind of one lemon.
  • Add to the mixture 175gm Self Raising flour and mix until all mixture is evenly mixed.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons milk to achieve a smooth, craemy texture.
  • pour evenly into the two prepared tins and bake for between 27-32 minutes in the middle of the oven until a knife or toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then cool on a rack until the cakes are completely cool.
To make the icing and filling:
  • Cream 200gm of Philadelphia Cream Cheese with 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract and lemon curd until you have the desired consistency.
  • Spread just over half of the filling on one sponge cake and top with the other sponge cake.
  • Spread the rest of the filling on top of the cake to just come to the edge of the top.
  • Top with slices of strawberries or blueberries and enjoy!
Thanks to Nielsen-Massey for my collection of extracts. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions and photos are my own.




  1. I LOVE their extracts and this is JUSTmy kinda cake too - looks fabulous! Karen

    1. Such a simple cake but very full of flavour. I made a great coffee walnut one with their coffee extract before too.

  2. I use the extracts too, especially the vanilla. Your cake looks delicious.

    1. I use the vanilla extract and the vanilla bean paste a lot too. I also tried the coffee extract on a coffee walnut cake and that was lovely.

  3. Ooh I like the sound of your lemon curd filling Heidi - lemon cakes are some of the best.

    1. Lemon cakes are always such a fresh flavour

  4. Never used the Nielsen-Massey extracts but wouldn't mind trying them for sure ! I like the idea of the cream cheese in this scrummy looking creation! ManjiriK -