I love citrus in cakes. I like how it cuts through the sometimes overwhelming fattiness of a cake. Especially one that has buttercream on it. Don’t get me wrong I like cake because it has fat (and sugar) in it. But I don’t like how sometimes you can be left with a coated mouth. This lemon curd tray bake recipe is the perfect way to avoid that.
It’s light and fluffy, easy to make and with the addition of buttercream topping and sprinkles. It’s a great crowd pleasing cake. Perfect for after school treat with a cup of tea or on a Sunday when you’ve got friends round.
To make my Lemon curd tray bake recipe you will need
150g All purpose gluten free flour
150g Baking margarine
150g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
For the Lemon curd icing
200g icing sugar
90g baking margarine
1 tbsp lemon curd
How to make Lemon curd tray bake
I prefer to make my cakes as a all in one recipe in the food processor. It’s much quicker and they come out just as good as the traditional creaming method.
Preheat the oven to 180c / gas mark 4.
Grease and line a rectangle high sided baking tray.
Weigh out and place into the food processor, the gluten free flour, baking margarine, caster sugar, eggs and baking powder.
Whizz in the food processor until fully blended.
Pour into the greased and lined tin and level the cake mix.
Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch.
Remove from the tin and allow to cool.
To make the icing.
In the food processor, add the icing sugar, baking margarine and lemon curd.
Mix until soft and creamy.
Once the cake has cooled, spread over the top of the tray bake. Use a fork to make a decorative pattern in the top. (Optional, use a four year old to add copious amounts of sprinkles)
Running a giveaway on your blog is undoubtedly a great way to get traffic. Some of my most popular posts have been giveaways. I try now to run at least two a month and it means I get regular returning visits of people checking out my latest giveaways. However it isn’t as easy as setting up your rafflecopter widget, plonking it on your blog and hoping people will organically find it. It takes a lot of promotion. I don’t like to unnecessarily spend money on my blog if it can be avoided. So I’ve complied my 13 ways to promote your blog giveaway for free here.
I use social oomph to promote my blog giveaway, I tend to use the hashtags #win #competition #prize and #giveaway. Scheduling the tweet once every eight hours for the duration of the giveaway. I also use #winitwednesday and #freebiefriday when I can remember!
I don’t always use Instagram to promote my giveaways. However if it is something that with photograph really well then I will. I will only post it once. These are the most popular hashtags for giveaways I’ve found
Then I would also tag with relevant descriptions of the prize and the usual #lifestyleblogger tags I use.
You can join some groups to promote your giveaways.
Now is the time to be stitching up a great heirloom piece for Christmas. This would look great stitched as it is and framed up. Or you could stitch each one individually and make them into a pocket hanging advent calendar that you could fit a chocolate coin in each one. Personalise it further with the days or a child’s name. You can grab an additional freebie by signing up at the bottom of this post.
So here is the complete cross stitch advent calendar. It includes: A gingerbread man, a snowman, a penguin, a Christmas pudding, an angel, a robin and a Christmas tree, as well as many other cute seasonal designs. Each section measures 26w by 34 h on 14 count aida. So they are perfect to stitch altogether as an advent calendar or split up and use for card making and decorations. I hope you like it and I hope to see some pics of the stitched up patterns before Christmas. You can find the individual patterns on my cross stitch patterns page.
You can just click on the pop out and print off your free advent calendar pattern here.
Want to personalise your advent calendar? Add Names or the date? Why not sign up to grab your FREE alphabet chart here.
Many thanks to the talented Jeni Lynn Ingram for model stitching this piece. If you would like to work with Jeni, you can contact her via the Facebook group, Embroidery Model Stitchers and Designers.
I couldn’t help myself had to finish the Advent calendar with Santa, or at least Santa’s hat. I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you missed some of the patterns, you can find them all on my Free cross stitch patterns page.
I have loved making this series of mini cross stitch patterns for Advent. As I’ve designed them I’ve thought of lots of other uses for them as well as the calendar. They would be great stitched up for cards, made into decorations and used for gift tags. Have you got any other great ideas for them? I’d love to your stitched versions of my designs.
As always just click on the pop out button for the printable version of the pattern, if you don’t like stitching from the screen.
How sweet is this little angel? I had to include one in my advent calendar and I wanted to keep it till near the end. I do hope you’ve enjoyed this series and I would love to hear back from anyone who has stitched it.
Have you stitched any of my designs? Tweet me a pic or post on my facebook wall and I will include your image with credit on my blog.
Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, HO HO HO
A nice and easy quick pattern for you to stitch up today and add to your advent calendar. I know this series has been popular. I’d love to see some of your stitchy pics. Share them with me via Facebook and Twitter.
Do you hang a stocking at Christmas? The boys have stockings but we leave them at the end of their beds. I do love the simplicity of red and white at Christmas, so this is a fun pattern to continue my free advent calendar cross stitch series.
I do love Christmas lights, someone once said to me that they couldn’t see what lights had to do with Christmas. But I believe it’s the light shining through the dark winter that sees us through. My husband also has the same love of lights and every year he poses the question of ‘Do we have enough lights?’. Lets just say although we do, somehow a new set gets added each year!
I love lighting candles at Christmas time, my parents even have real candles on their tree. It just makes you feel a lot cosier I think. I hope you enjoy todays pattern. Don’t forget you can find the other advent calendar patterns and lots more on my free cross stitch pattern page.