Moist Lemon Cake


Lemon Cake is a delightful blend of tangy and sweet, featuring the freshness of lemon zest and juice. This recipe stands out with its unique step of drizzling lemon syrup over the baked cake, enhancing its moisture and flavor. With simple, everyday ingredients, this cake promises a refreshing citrus-infused experience, making it a perfect dessert for any occasion.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

45-50 minutes at 160°C (320°F)


This recipe serves 8.


  • Butter: 1/2 cup (113g)
  • Sugar: 1 cup (200g)
  • Eggs: 3 large
  • Self-raising flour: 1 3/4 cups (220g)
  • Fresh lemons (for zest and juice): 2
  • Milk: 1/4 cup (60ml)
  • Icing sugar: 2 tablespoons (30g)
  • Almond butter (for homemade lemon curd): 2 tablespoons (30g)
  • Toasted almonds (for topping, optional): 1/4 cup (30g)
  • White chocolate (optional for those who prefer a sweeter taste): 1/2 cup (90g)
  • Toffee pieces (optional for topping): 1/4 cup (50g)


  • Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F). Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Fold in the self-raising flour gently. Add the zest of 2 lemons and the milk, mixing until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, whisk together 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of icing sugar.
  • Once the cake is done and still warm, drizzle the lemon syrup over the top.
  • Allow to cool before serving. Optionally, top with toasted almonds, toffee pieces, and white chocolate.

Lemon Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a harmonious blend of zesty lemon and sweet, nutty undertones, culminating in a moist, flavorful experience. Whether embraced in its simplest form or adorned with toppings like almonds and white chocolate, this cake is sure to captivate and delight.

Nutritional Information (Approx)

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 6g

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