Mini lemon cakes recipe

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These mini lemon cakes are under 250 cals a cake and take only 10 minutes to prepare.

Mini lemon cakes stacked on a wooden board with fresh wedges of lemon on the side
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories230 Kcal12%
Sugars23 g26%
Saturated Fat5.6 g28%
Protein2.8 g6%
Fat9.4 g13%
Carbohydrates32.9 g13%

These easy mini lemon cakes take around 30 minutes from start to finish and are under 250 calories per cake. 

What’s better than a lemon drizzle cake? Mini lemon cakes of course! These little loaf cakes are perfect for lunchboxes, picnics, or bake sales. The un-iced cakes can be frozen if you don’t think you’ll eat them all and the glaze can be made without gin if baked for children or teetotalers. 


120g unsalted butter, room temperature

170g caster sugar

2 medium free-range eggs

60ml milk

1tsp baking powder

170g plain flour

Zest of two lemons

For the drizzle:

  • 100g icing sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon (more if not using gin)
  • 10ml of gin (optional)




  1. Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan, Gas 4). Grease 12 mini loaf tins or a suitable mould.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and whisk until pale and fluffy.
  3. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and add the milk, lightly loosen with a fork.
  4. Add the eggs a bit at a time to the creamed butter mixture and mix well after each addition.
  5. Sift the baking powder and flour into the bowl then fold in with the lemon zest.
  6. Divide the cake batter evenly between your tins and bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until fully baked.
  7. Once cooked, let the cakes rest for 5 minutes in the tins or mould before turning them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Make sure you stand them the right way up.
  8. Place a sheet or baking paper under the rack before you glaze the cakes to make the clean up easier.
  9. Make the glaze by sifting the icing sugar into a small bowl. Then mix in the lemon juice and gin to taste. Stir until smooth then drizzle over the cakes and leave to set at room temperature.
  10. Recipe courtesy of Madalene Bonivi-Hamel from

Watch how to make mini lemon cakes

Top tips for making mini lemon cakes 

Do not refrigerate as the sugar is hygroscopic and will remain runny as it continues extracting moisture from the fridge. If you’d prefer to make one large cake, this recipe can be baked in a 1lb loaf tin. It will take around an hour to cook in the larger tin.

For more tips and tricks when it comes to making the best mini lemon cakes, continue reading below. 

Where should mini lemon cakes be stored?

There is no need to keep the cakes in the fridge. Simply store in an airtight container or cake tin. We’re certain they won’t be around long as they are too delicious to resist! 

Can you freeze mini lemon cakes?

Yes, the uniced, baked cakes are suitable for freezing. Wrap tightly in clingfilm to protect from freezer burn. Defrost before icing and eating. 

When are mini lemon cakes cooked?

To test if your mini loaf cakes are cooked, insert a metal skewer into one. If the skewer comes out clean then the loaf is cooked, if it's still wet return to the oven and continue cooking. You may want to rotate the tray after half the cooking time has passed if your oven has different hot spots. 

For this recipe you’ll either need individual mini loaf tins or a silicone mould. This one from The Great British Bake Off only has 8 moulds but it’s dishwasher safe and the silicone will make it easy to remove the cakes. Consider buying two. Alternatively, some shops also sell mini loaf cake cases.

The Great British Bake Off Mini Loaf Tin - View at Amazon

The Great British Bake Off Mini Loaf Tin - View at Amazon

Designed in the signature duck egg blue palette that you see in the GBBO tent, you’ll feel like you’re on the show using this silicone mould. It’s heat resistant up to 240C and can be washed in the dishwasher for a stress-free clean up. 

If you're looking for another cute mini bake our lemon cupcakes are an obvious and delicious choice. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for something bigger our lemon pound cake looks impressive and has a rich flavour thanks to the addition of cream cheese in the batter. Another option is our lemon cake with olive oil which stays outrageously moist for a good few days after baking. 

Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.