Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tim's lemon trickle mash cake from River Cottage

 

Regular readers will know that (a) cakes are my favourite thing to make; and (b) I cannot resist the unusual in a recipe.  These traits recently brought me face to face with the Lemon Potato Cake, which contains mashed potato.  How weird is that?  I first saw a lemon potato cake on someone's blog, then couldn't find that recipe when I went to make the cake. Accoridngly, I made Tim's Lemon Trickle Mash Cake via River Cottage instead.  The recipe is online here.   I have no idea who Tim is, or why the cake is a trickle cake, but I'll put the latter down to the charming way that the English have with language - read the chapter on place names and the glossary in Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island to get the gist of what I mean. 

I heeded the warning in the recipe and made up potato mash especially for this cake, and didn't add anything to the mash (except salt to the cooking water).  This is so that no foreign savoury flavours find their way into your cake.

The end result is a rather lovely, pudding-like, lemon-scented cake: 


It's a little like lemon delicious in cake form, and you'd never know there were mashed potatoes in there.  Curiosity satiated, I really liked this cake.  Serve it on its own, or with e little warm custard - mmmm.

9 comments:

Johanna GGG said...

sounds great - I first made an AWW chocolate mashed potato cake years ago much to the horror of my family. I have seen a few GF lemon cakes with mashed potato - maybe they are adapted from this sort of recipe - keep meaning to try them.

Johanna GGG said...

just checked out the recipe and it is gf (the chocolate mashed potato one I mentioned isn't)

yummychunklet said...

You had me at pudding-like! Great sounding cake!

~~louise~~ said...

Truly an intriguing recipe. I've heard of using mashed potatoes to make potato bread, I've even heard of Mayonnaise Cake but I've never heard of Mashed Potato Cake pleasantly scented with lemon. Sounds yummy actually...

Thanks for sharing...

Blond Duck said...

Delicious!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Have you tried the tomato soup cake? It's also hard to detect the soup in the cake but it's really good. I must give this a go! :D

Kari said...

Oh, brilliant! I love unusual recipes too and have a particularly fond spot for those with vegetables. This looks wonderful :)

Finla said...

Looks moist and so yumm.

Kayte said...

Lemon mash cake, who knew...that looks really really good to this lemon-lover. I thought Tim was your friend and he suddenly had taken up cooking/baking. lol Don't tell him I said that.