Lemon Cake

The Happy Housewife wants our favourite lemon recipes today for a link-up.

If she's looking to do something in return, I'll take some of the home-grown lemons pictured on her blog. Don't they look wonderful!

Here's one of our favourites. A simple Lemon Cake.

4oz (100g) soft butter/marg
6oz (175g) castor sugar
60z (175g) self-raising flour
4 tblsp milk
2 large eggs
rind and juice of 1 lemon
3 tblsp icing sugar

1. Beat together: butter/marg, castor sugar, flour, milk, eggs and rind.

This is one of my favourite things about this recipe: everything goes into the bowl and it all gets beaten together. Simplicity is bliss, don't you reckon?

2. Spoon mixture into a greased a lined 2lb loaf tin.

(I made double, and so have 2 loaves)

3. Bake in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F for 40 mins.

4. Dissolve icing sugar in lemon juice over a low heat, and pour over cake while cake is still warm. Leave to cool in tin.

That's the official recipe. 

I like to stick a skewer in the top of the cake just before I pour the icing over it. That means it seeps into the cake nicely.

Okay, okay, so it's not a skewer. You know what it's like: whatever's to hand...

Also - my oven prefers 170C for 50-55 mins. You'll know your own oven best, and sometimes it takes a while to get it right with a new recipe.



  1. Did you make this today? Are they in your house? Maybe I am due a visit.....

  2. I love lemon loaf with the crunchy, lemony topping. Mmmm....

  3. Oh yum! Looks like a great "gift" idea for Christmas. Thanks for sharing! They look lovely.


  4. I have never seen paper 'cups' for loaves before. Where did you get those?

  5. Ohh I love lemon loaf!! Looking at your post about the Welcome signs....I live in Northwestern Ontario...you were closer to me when you were in Michigan than you were when you were in Ontario! I foudn this joke on the internet....and thought of you....enjoy

    DURING an anti-submarine exercise off the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, British Royal Navy helicopters lowered sonar devices below the surface to listen for the enemy. Nearby, Scottish fishing boats used sonar to help locate their catch. With vessels steaming in every direction and the radio alive with messages, one skipper's voice came through loud and clear: "Ahoy, the navy! If you can find me a good shoal of herring, I'll tell you where your wee submarine is hiding."
    -- by T.J. Stoney

  6. Mmmmmm. Gonna have to try that one.

  7. where do you get the paper liners for loaf pans? I don't believe I've ever seen those in the states. I would love to lay my hands on some of those (also would love some lemon cake!)

  8. CBrown and SisterLisa: we get the large paper 'cases' - loaf tin size now, but when I was growing up, we didn't. It's definitely something new(ish). I'm not sure if they're available online, but we get them in our local shop here! If you wanna stop by.....!
    We really love this lemon cake. The recipe (which I followed here) asks for icing sugar (powdered) mixed with lemon juice for the topping. However, sometimes, I mix castor sugar (do you call that 'fine', or 'baker's sugar' in the US and Canada??) with the lemon juice. It then gives a little crunch to the top with is absolutely lovely.
    And tas: I love the joke!! That is hilarious.We do often see exercises taking place out at sea here, so I can just imagine the scenario! The northern part of Ontario is definitely one of those places that's on our 'wanna-go-there' list. Your whole country is such a wonderful part of the world. And so B-I-G !!
    Thanks for visiting, and for commenting! x


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