Lemon cream cake recipe

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This delicious and tangy lemon cream cake recipe is a summery favourite. Made with a soft, citrus sponge and topped with a creamy, light frosting

Preparation Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories511 Kcal26%
Fat24 g34%

Treat yourself to a slice of this creamy, decadent lemon cake from Woman's Weekly, topped with syrup and lemon curd. This delicious and tangy lemon cream cake recipe is a summery favourite. Made with a soft, citrus sponge and topped with a creamy, light frosting. This recipe serves 10 people and will take around 20 mins to prepare. It's the perfect cake for lemon lovers. For another classic, see Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake.


For the cake:

  • 250g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

For the syrup:

  • 4tbsp caster sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons

For the topping:

  • 150ml carton double cream
  • 6 level tbsp lemon curd
  • 20cm (8in) round cake tin, lined with baking parchment
  • Disposable piping bag




  1. Set the oven to gas mark 3 or 160°C. To make the cake, tip the butter, sugar, flour and eggs into a bowl and beat until smooth then beat in the lemon zest.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and level the surface. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 1-1¼hrs or until the sponge feels firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the centre of the cake.
  3. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Pour 4tbsp of water into a pan and add the sugar. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves, and boil it rapidly for 1-2 mins. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice.
  4. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, pour the syrup over it. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 mins, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To prepare the topping, pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until it starts to thicken. Add 4 level tbsp of the lemon curd to the cream and continue whisking until it's thickened then spread the lemon cream over the top of cake. Put the remaining lemon curd in the piping bag and cut off the end of the bag to give a small hole. Pipe random lines over the top of the lemon cream. Keep the cake chilled until ready to serve.

Top tip for making lemon cream cake:

The undecorated cake can be wrapped in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 1 month. Allow the cake to defrost overnight before decorating it.

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Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.