Lemon tea cake
Yes second lemon recipe in a week but when the question of what to bake arises at the moment my first answer is ‘something with lemon!’ On Tuesday I had a friend and her new gorgeous baby girl to morning tea. I really should have baked the day before but time got away from me and I found myself whipping up something at the last minute (I know, totally not me… not).

Lemon tea cake

My grandma’s cinnamon tea cake is one of my absolute favourites to whip up at the smallest cake craving so I thought I’d attempt to adapt it to a lemon version. I actually only had a little bit of butter left so the recipe was perfect.

I made it up as usual adding some lemon zest to the batter and once the baked cake had sat for a few minutes I poked a whole lot of holes in it and poured over a warm lemon syrup.

Lemon tea cake

Luckily I thought to taste the syrup first. The first batch I made I think I left on the stove too long. Actually time got away from me so I have no idea how long it sat but it was well and truly burnt. The second batch I left just until the sugar had dissolved and started bubbling.

Lemon tea cake

Finished off with a sprinkling of lemon zest this was another zesty homage to my lemon tree. It’s a great cake to make when you don’t have time to let it cool and from ingredients-in-the-cupboard to cake-on-a-plate it’s about 45 minutes as long as you don’t waste any time. It’s best served on the day of baking but I enjoyed the last slice two days later after zapping it for 10 seconds in the microwave.

So now I need a little inspiration. What should I make with my next couple of lemons? I spotted a few yellowing on the tree yesterday so they should be ripe for the picking this weekend. Hit me with your best ideas.. or challenges, I love a challenge. Enjoy!

Lemon tea cake

Lemon tea cake

Lemon tea cake

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes



  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4/ cup caster sugar
  • grated lemon zest for decoration


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C (380F) fan-forced and grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, zest and sugar together until light and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and mix it through.
  4. Beat through half the flour then half the milk and repeat then beat until the batter is smooth.
  5. Scrape the batter into the tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack straight from the oven but leave it in the tin.
  7. Meanwhile make the syrup.
  8. Place the lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan and heat, stirring, over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture bubbles.
  9. Poke holes all over the top of the cake and pour the syrup on top.
  10. Leave in the tin to cool.


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