Lemon and almond cake


  • 200g/7oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g/7oz golden caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs (organic if possible)
  • 50g/2oz plain flour or white spelt flour
  • 125g/4½oz ground almonds
  • 2 lemons (juice of 1 and finely grated zest of 2)

For the icing

  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 5-6 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease the base and sides of a 20-22cm/8-8½in round cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

  2. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric hand whisk or wooden spoon. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time. When the eggs are fully incorporated, fold in the flour, then the almonds and lemon zest.

  3. Scrape the mixture into the tin and tap the sides to release any air bubbles. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the sponge is lightly golden-brown, coming away from the sides of the tin and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  4. While the cake is still hot and still in the tin, stab it with a chopstick or some such weapon all over the cake, making 15 or so holes. Drizzle the lemon juice into the holes and all over the cake then leave in the tin to cool.

  5. When you’re ready to serve the cake, make the icing. To make the icing, mix the lemon juice, a little at a time, into the icing sugar to make a smooth paste. Remove the cake from the tin and smooth the icing on the top, then serve.

Lemon and almond cake

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