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Lemon Cake

By Holly Bullock
Lemon Cake
12 servings
  • 118 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    120 grams butter, softened
    1 cup flour
    3 tsp baking powder
    2/3 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    2 large eggs
    4 Tbsp milk
    grated rind and juice of one lemon

    juice of 1 lemon
    1/2 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    few Tbsp boiling water (to dissolve sugar)


    Preheat oven to 180˚C.
    Grease and line a square 18cm baking tin.
    Put all cake ingredients together in a food processor, in order above and process for 15 seconds.
    Pour mixture into tin and bake for 20-25 mins.

    For topping - mix the lemon juice, sugar and boiling water together. This should be runny. Spoon topping onto cake while hot. Leave in tin before turning out when cool.

    *This recipe can also be made with electric hand mixers. Place all cake ingredients in a bowl in the stated order and mix until combined.

    This recipe has not been tested by Chelsea Sugar.

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Average Rating
(118 reviews)

Great tasting cake with nice texture. Tastes even better the next day.

This is beautiful. Easy to make, light as a sponge even after pouring the lemon syrup over. I'm going to use this all the time.

Great cake, is to make & delicious. Make an excellent dessert with cream/yogurt.

Was a real hit with all who had some.

very good

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This is a great recipe.

Love love love this recipe. So moist and extremely tasty, the whole family loved it

It is a very easy cake and I will make it again - with some adjustments.
It defintely takes more than 20 minutes in the oven, I took it out too early (even after leaving longer than this recipe says) and it collapsed on itself. After reading other comments this may have also been because of the baking powder ratio.
I also prefer zestier cakes so will be doubling the amount of lemon and I found the glaze a bit unnecessary so only put about half on.

A delicous and simple way to enjoy lemons:}

It was delicious! I believe that everyone that left a bad review, did something wrong themselves. It wasn't the recipe!

Just made this cake using fresh lemons from our tree. So delicious. Thank u so much for this recipe.

Seriously easy to make, and seriously easy to eat. A new favourite!

Really eggy and flopped in the middle. Very odd taste and topping g way to sweet. Definitely don't reccomend this.

Need to change cooking time to the usual 30- 40 mins a cake needs. 20 mins is way to short.


Flat mess! Not a good recipe - Measurements not right and cant taste the lemon.

I love this recipe.

Easy and tasty, made with British ingredients in Wales three times without any problems. Lovely to have a no fuss Kiwi recipe to turn to for a good lemon drizzle!

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Wow, this cake is amazing! It was really light and moist

Wow, this cake is amazing! It was really light and moist. One of the family favorites for sure!

Wow, this cake is amazing! It was really light and moist. One of the family favorites for sure!

How much grated lemon rind do i need?
Chelsea Sugar:
Grated rind of one whole lemon.

A little annoyed at how positive these comments are ! This recipe is whack. It came out almost like a fluffy eggy cloud, and the topping is just sooo sweet. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but this should be canned

Super easy to make, has a really light and fluffy texture. Ratios seemed a little off for baking powder to flour and the taste of the baking powder was evident. Overall, if you're looking for a quick and easy yet delicious baking treat, this recipe is your go to!

Love this recipe, so light and tasty, quick and easy recipe the whole family loves, just finished making another...yummy!!

Such an easy recipe to put together. I've always wanted to try baking a lemon cake. Thank you.

It’s soooo good and easy to make!! Highly recommend.

I loved this recipe so much that I'm making it right now haha!

Super easy to make, and turns out great every time

I'm terrible at baking but this recipe worked out great. I didn't have enough butter so substituted it with oil and it was still delicious.

Easy and delicious

I think the double chocolate cupcake was really good.

Thank you

I think the double chocolate cupcake was really good.
Thank you

Great, super quick. Loved it

Love one bowl wonders, so easy to whizz up and delicious! I think we have a family favourite :)

Disappointing recipe. Very eggy, greasy, and not lemony.

I love this recipe and I love the taste!

I have baked this 3 times so far always with self raising flour and 2 cups instead of just the one. And I added more lemon zest. Really good. Thanks

love food lol

Baked this on Sunday for my family, my very first lemon cake and it was delicious ... I added 1 teaspoon on baking soda..

Loved how easy this recipe was!!! Tried it yesterday and made double the batch for two cakes and it’s completely gone! So moist, the whole family loved it! Will be making it again!

Love how easy this is. And delicious. Didn't think the ratio of 3:1 for b.powder seemed right so just used self-raising flour instead and worked a treat. A few holes in the cake when it's out of the oven, to get that syrup bleeding all the way through, was a stroke of genius I'm sure. Also sure normal people probably do that as well- we're all genius'! Well done us!

The ingredients called for 3 teaspoon of baking powder i should have realised it might have been a mistake ..... was a disaster!! Had to throw cake out.

Excellent cake esp considering how easy and affordable it is to make!

I can’t bake at alllll and this one worked out for me, yay!

This recipe sucks! I did everything exactly as the recipe said - I even went back and checked to make sure that I did. The ingredients in proportion to each other are completely wrong, way to much sugar for the recipe and WAY too much baking powder. One of the ingredients (I am guessing the baking powder) had some sort of reaction with the lemon and it overflowed in my oven into a foamy, bubbly mess. More like a science experiment than a cake.

OMG, this cake is soo awesome! Quick, easy and so yummy!! It’s been less than an hour and our family of 3 have already eaten half of it. It’s still slightly warm too which is really nice with a cup of tea for supper. Perfect finish to the evening.

Wonderful cake. Whipped this up as a birthday cake for a friend who really doesn't like cake. Left the topping off and instead poured a mixed berry compote over the top, the lemon set off the berries perfectly. Used the full amount of baking powder and had no problems whatsoever. I will definitely be making this one again.

Absolutely delicious. Easy to make. Didn't last long, too popular.

So yummy loved it . So light and fluffy

Light, tasty cake. Didn't last long in the cupboard - whanau are addicted

Brilliant easy to make and works every time

This is legit the best go-to sponge recipe I use for an apple sponge, fejoa sponge etc.

Very easy to make and quick. If you love lemon this is the cake for you. Yummy!

Not one for the kitchen...but I was dying for a little cake with my latte, plus got given loads of lemons, so after some "net surfing", this recipe caught my eye...and I certainly wasn't at all disappointed.

Just finished baking it.
Cooled down quickly.
Loved it to bits.
Quick & easy to make, easy to find the ingredients, moist and pleasant to eat.
Used brown sugar instead of white and loved it, so must be even better with white.
Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Mmmmmmmm delicious. Just what I was looking for. Quick, easy, moist and tasty.

So easy... everything in one bowl...pour into lined loaf tin.. cook 20mins.. pour over the topping while loaf is still hot and then impatiently wait for it to cool before indulging, such yummy decadence. A dob of lemon yoghurt is a divine addition.
I have no problems with this recipe, such a lovely light cake.

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So easy, have made a few times now. Just love this recipe.

I've made this recipe four times and I really love it

I use 1.5t of baking powder and it's still quite fluffy. I've not tried it with the full amount because I'm a bit scared departing too far from the ratio of 1t :1c baking powder to flour. I also prefer a denser cake.

I make this as a double to make a 2 layer cake (with lemon & cream cheese icing). Very well received.

Love this cake and so easy to make.

Super quick.. easy & delish!

I used fresh cream instead of milk as I had run out good recipe turned out pretty good

Made this cake is so easy to make and yummy to eat..will be making it again and again..

Have remade this cake with the extra 1/2 cup of flour and 1 less tspn of baking powder, much much better, rose well didn't sink in the middle but still tastes very nice, and not so crumbly..very tasty cake

I'm considered a pretty damn good baker, this cake is more a sponge very crumbly, and not enough flour to hold up the baking powder, another half cup of flour would make a big difference, I will try again but with extra flour. It has a good taste but that is all

This came out so flat - am I missing something here?
CHELSEA: Hi there, this cake does tend to be quite flat (see the recipe photo) but should still taste delicious!

What sized round tin would this recipe work for - has anyone tested this?
Also is it ok without the syrup just as is?
CHELSEA: Hi there, you can use a 20cm round tin. We definitely recommend adding the syrup - it provides a lovely boost of flavour and keeps the cake moist.

This recipe is so simple I love it.
I have a big family so it is perfect.

Delicious! Works every time and is a definite family favorite. Not too moist, not too dense. Only recommendation would be to make more of the syrup, there never seems to be enough!

Turned out Perfect!!!

Yummy... turned out so good and yummy...have only used 2 tsp of baking powder and it was perfect...

This is the best cake recipe! It is a favourite in my family because it is so easy and delicious.
I would 100% recommend this to anyone.

I used whole wheat flour and it's turned out absolutely delicious.
Easy peesy to bake loved it!

I have just made the lemon cake, I put a handful of sultanas in it, I didn't ice it as it doesn't need it as it taste so moist without it, and I can truly say that is the best one I have made, I will be making this again for sure. After reading comments below I only put one and a half teaspoons of baking power, also a little bit more flour but every else was the same.

I used two teaspoons of baking powder and put the batter into cupcake cases... turned out lovely and fluffy, I topped wth a lemon buttercream icing.... delicious!

Really good cake. Moist and dense.
I would recommend adding more lemon to the icing though :)

Delicious just how the recipe is.

That is yum

So yum
I love this!!!!

Absolutely delicious!!

A very flat cake - very disappointing.


Great recipe. Nice and simple.

V yummy, when cooled w a dob of whipped cream, mwah.

A beautiful and easy cake but the baking powder leaves a lingering taste. I'd use 1.5tsp in the future or even just 1 and mix by hand

Awesome! Quick and fail proof

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I just made this cake for the first time yesterday, sooooo good it didn't last until the evening.

Delicious, moist & so easy to make! Didn't last a day in our house!

I'm 10 years old and absolutely loved making this cake.
Really good, simple and tasty recipe.
Fully recommend

Disaster - wont be making this one again - waste of ingredients (think it was the 3 tspns of baking powder)

This was delicious and SO easy to make. I followed the suggestions and used only 2 tsp of baking powder. Everyone in the office loved it!

Easy, moist and yummy

Wow that was absolutely delicious. The girls at the high tea loved it. Was the first to go. Cheers Chelsea ya beaut! (Bring back hottest home baker)

I found this recipe very easy to follow (without a processor). I was worried when it was in the oven because it wasn't looking good. Luckily it turned out okay! I would make this cake again.

I've made this recipe twice but the first time the icing didn't work out although the icing on the second cake was delicious!!! best cake ever!!!!!!!

Divine. Used one cup of self raising flour instead of flour & baking powder. Quick, delicious, will make again and again!!

Crumbly and not pretty. Pity I chose this recipe to take to a work meeting first thing tomorrow morning, it's now too late to try another recipe so I have to take an ugly looking crumbled cake with me.

Loved this lemon cake. Baked and took to local Manly Music Morning Tea. Was a great hit with all mums. Thanks Chelsea

Made this as I was craving a lemon cake. Super easy recipe. I reduced the baking powder to 2 tsp also after reading other reviews. I also used gluten free flour. I didn't add the lemon zest as I find my kids sometimes complain it's too bitter, so just added the juice of a very large lemon. The result was great. Tastes delicious. No one knew it was g/f. I'll be making this again soon for a birthday cake. So easy it's ridiculous.

I reduced the baking powder to 2 tsps. It was just right. 3 tsps seems overkill. Yummy and moist.

Absolutely disgusting, everyone spat it out, over dose baking powder, 3 teaspoons to 1 cup of flour is completely out of porportion. Yuk

Loved this lemon cake! Easy recipe to follow!

Omg yum lemon cake!!! Couldn't think of an easy desert and had heaps of lemons. So yummy. Made it with custard and cream family didn't leave a crumb

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Love this lemon cake, I also mix orange rind, it's beautiful and moist.

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super delish yum

Very easy,quick and yum!

This is a really good recipe for all lemon lovers to try.

This is now my fave lemon cake recipe!! I was wondering if this recipe would be a bit drier than my usual favorite lemon cake recipe so was reluctant to try it. But because it's such an easy recipe i thought I'd give it a go as I love the idea of chucking it all in a bowl and mixing rather than flaffing around with creaming butter & sugar etc.
I'm pleased to say this is a fantastic moist and extremely quick, easy cake. I used 2 tablespoons of sour cream & 2 of milk rather than the 4 tablespoons of milk stated in recipe. Delicious!

The cake was very delicious and the icing was fantastic!

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So quick, so easy, so moist and so yum!!

Amaazingggggg recipe

This cake has a beautiful taste but is not the prettiest . It was gone in less then a day!!!because of it's taste I guess

that was yummy

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Made 2 of these, filled them with lemon curd & iced with white chocolate ganache. Only poured syrup over top layer & reduced sugar in syrup by 1/2 to cut some sweetness. Quick easy yum!

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I would cream the butter thoroughly first. And it's a very thin cake if you bake it in an 18cm square tin.

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Easy to make just in bowl by hand. creamed butter and sugar well. I did this and made a dozen cup cakes instead. Worked well Very nice recipe.

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This not the pettiest cake I have ever made but ease and the yummiest makes up for it. So yummy.

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