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Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze sliced.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze

A fresh zesty lemon cake topped with an even zestier lemon glaze. Because when life gives you lemons...make a lemon cake.
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Mary-Lou


Lemon Cake

  • 200 grams butter soft
  • 165 grams caster or white granulated sugar
  • 225 grams plain standard grade or all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon about 2 tbsp

Lemon Glaze

  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • zest of lemon
  • juice of a lemon about 2 tbsp
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water may be needed depending on consistency of the glaze


  • Lemon Cake
  • Allow all the ingredients to come to room temperature. This will take about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Grease and line an 8 inch or 20cm cake tin. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. This takes about 3-5 minutes when using a stand mixer or electric handheld mixer. Add in the sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs, and beat until the mix until well incorporated, light and fluffy.
  • Whisk the baking powder through the flour. Add in the flour, lemon juice and lemon zest, mix through on a low speed until incorporated, or fold through using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean from the centre of the cake. Allow the cake to cool in the cake tin for 20 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack.
  • Lemon Glaze
  • Whisk the icing sugar and lemon juice until you have a smooth, fairly stiff yet still pourable glaze. If the glaze is a bit stiff, add a tablespoon of milk or water to loosen it.
  • You can either add the lemon zest to the glaze or you can use the zest for decoration.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.

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Course :Cakes and Cupcakes
Cuisine :South African, British
Keyword :Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze