Five Ingredient Lemon Cake

    45 minutes

    Easy to make - just melt the butter - and add everything else. A moist, tangy and delicious lemon cake perfect for morning tea.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 100g butter
    • 125g caster sugar (divided)
    • 2 lemons, rind finely grated
    • 100g self-raising flour
    • 1 egg

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Melt the butter and 100g of sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add the grated rind of the lemons. Cool.
    2. Whisk the egg and whisk into the butter/sugar mixture. Sift the flour and fold into the batter.
    3. Pour into a well greased 18cm square cake tin and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until just firm.
    4. In the meantime, squeeze the juice from the lemons add the 25g sugar and heat to dissolve the sugar. When the cake is ready , prick the top of the cake all over with a fork and pour the warm lemon juice over the cake. Cut into squares and eat warm or cold.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. Double amounts and cook in same size tin. Add a little cointreau liqueur or similar to lemon juice to drizzle over the cake. Best lemon cake ever served as a dessert with custard and cream!  -  27 Oct 2010


    I made this earlier today after havin g a craving for something lemony and can't believe how lovely it is despite being so easy to make! Highly recommended! And cheap to make too!! Thank you!  -  17 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Something else. This is a lovely little cake! and VERY tasty! I made a very thin icing glaze for the top and used some of the melted sugar and lemon to make the glaze, it has given the cake and extra zing, but others may find it a little to sweet/sourish.  -  10 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)