Make this easy lemon sunflower cake for a lazy summer’s day. The perfect centrepiece for a summer party table.
A quick and easy cake to ease me back into blogging – I never meant to vanish but blink and suddenly two days is two weeks.
Yesterday I downloaded an ebook called Project Organise Your Entire Life and one of the introductory paragraphs talks about how you sort of sort yourself out for a bit then the whole family gets sick. Or in my case, just me and that tends to derail the blog. Primarily instead, whilst recuperating, I am frantically treading water feeding and administering the family, fulfilling freelance commitments and – whew! – trying to keep cool in what must be the most prolonged spell of humid weather I’ve ever known. My office would have made an ideal Ashtanga yoga studio last week.
I like to go easy on myself workwise in summer. Ted has broken up from school and although he’s at playscheme whilst I work for half the week, I intend to repeat last year’s jamboree summer holiday for the rest of the time.
The second I iced this cake and for the entire time I was photographing it, I couldn’t get “Sunflower” by Glen Campbell out of my head.
My mother used to play a lot of Glen Campbell when I was young and I can’t say I appreciated it at the time but I do enjoy his music now. The scary part is that most of what she played me I hated then but rather like now.
I don’t remember her playing Sunflower but Robert Elms on BBC London plays it often so that must be where I picked it up.
It’s impossible to feel down when you look at a sunflower (although probably Van Gogh did) and the same is true of listening to this chirpy song. It sounds like exactly the thing you’d hear in an advert although I don’t remember it being used in one. Feel free to correct me!
What do sunflowers remind you of? (and yes the picture below does look like a face)
If you’d like the recipe for my easy lemon sunflower cake visit my latest post at BabyCentre – and check out my slideshow of other sunflower cakes and crafts while you’re there.
Jac -Tinned Tomatoes (@tinnedtoms) says
Love the cake. Excellent Sarah!
Rosa Mayland says
So pretty! You are talented..
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
That is so pretty! I love it 🙂
It looks wonderful! And doesn’t look easy at all!
Urvashi Roe says
LOVE! Sunflowers make me smile. One of my allotment neighbours is growing them and I cannot belieeeeeve how tall they are and the head isn’t even in bloom yet! Such a wondrous plant and of course one can eat the seeds in so many ways. Brilliant cake though. So easy as you say to make something the girls will demolish. Thank you for sharing x
Jan @GlugofOil says
Sarah that cake is simply stunning!
just WOW. what a pretty and clever idea that someone who is no way a cake decorator could manage. Love it. May do mini versions of this with my daughter this weekend x
Dominic Franks (@belleaukitchen) says
Just so damn pretty.
Wonderful cake… And I just loves the yellow and blue contrast. Brilliant x
Gorgeous! And it won’t wilt… ;o)
kellie anderson says
Such a gorgeous and uplifting cake. If I was sick, seeing this would cheer me up. I hope you are completely well and all is back to hectic normality for you. Btw, I have always loved Glen Campbell. Can’t a beat Wichita Linesman for chills down the spine. I was always old before my time…
I adore sunflowers – I even wrote a poem about them for my sister many years ago. Lovely lovely cake, really captures the joy of these sunny flowers.