Gran’s Lemon Syrup Cake


Want something simple, something you can make from the pantry and ready in an hour to impress your friends? Lemon syrup cake, light, fluffy, deliciously lemony!

125g butter, softened

1 ½ cups caster sugar

1 large or 2 small lemons, rind finely grated, juiced

2 eggs

1 ½ cups self raising flour, sifted

½ cup milk

Preheat oven to 180’C. Grease and line a a 19cmx 10cm loaf tin. Using and electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating well after each addition. Add half the flour and half the milk and stir to combine. Fold in remaining flour and milk. Spoon mixture into the loaf tin. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Combine remaining sugar and 1/3 cup of lemon juice in a small jug or cup, pour over hot loaf while still in pan. Stand in pan until cooled. Store in an airtight container. Serves 8.

This cake is too good considering how easy it is to make! I took the butter out of the fridge when I got home from work, set it in front of the heater to soften, (Canberra weather doesn’t like softening butter on the bench after April) made dinner and watched Masterchef. At 8pm it was cake time, make the batter, bake for 45 minutes, pour syrup over and let cool for as long as possible before the temptation of warm lemony cake became too much. There is nothing quite like fresh cake while watching Packed to the Rafters on a cold May night.

Nothing hard about it, just a simple weekday cake that I am so so so glad my Gran shared with me. I shared it around at work today and everyone loved it, if you like lemon and you like light cakes, this is for you. A really nice change from a plain chocolate weekday cake. Having become a little obsessed with lemon lately this really hit the spot.

After a lovely weekend in Queensland to visit my Mum, step-dad and little brother I felt I needed to have my baking fix, even though with Mum’s help I baked a pavlova and chocolate marmalade cake complete with chocolate transfer shards. With very little in the cupboards after a weekend away this cake was so easy to do with all the ingredients on hand. Below are the photos of the weekends desserts. Enjoy!

Love Sonia



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