Lemon Cake for Mum

Hope you’ve had a good day, thank you for your sweet, sweet words.

We had lunch at mum’s and I baked her a fluffy Lemon Cake…I think she liked it as well as her framed embroidery.
I showed her all your sweet comments…she was speechless…
thank you


Lemon Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: Two x 20cm cakes
  • 225g butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 25g cornflour
  • grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  1. preheat oven to 180 C/160 C (fan), grease and line two 20cm tins with baking paper
  2. beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy
  3. sift dry ingredients in a bowl
  4. add eggs to butter mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition
  5. add dry ingredients and beat until combined and then add juice and zest and only beat until combined
  6. divide mixture evenly between the two tins, bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly golden and tested with a skewer
  7. remove from oven and allow to cool in tins for about 5 minutes
  8. transfer to a wire rack, allow to cool and ice with a lemon butter cream icing
Lemon Butter Cream


150g butter softened
grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon
500g icing mixture


beat butter, lemon juice, zest and half the icing mixture until fluffy
gradually keep adding icing mixture, tasting as you go, it may not need it all
continue beating until fluffy and creamy
ice and sandwich cakes together, ice top of cake and decorate


Enjoy your week

  • OH! That looks utterly beautiful.

  • Happy Mother's Day Cathie!
    Hope you guys had a great day!xx

  • Oh that cake looks so amazing! And your embroidery is simply fabulous! You are so clever. Happy Mother's Day!
    Sophie x

  • mmmmm, looks delicious! hope your mother's day was just as delicious!

  • The cake sounds and looks delicious. I love citrus cakes Cathie and your recipe sounds nice and easy, thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you enjoyed your special day. Happy Mother's Day to you!xo

  • Great because during my mothers day visit I did nick some lemons off my mums tree!

  • Pam

    Scrumptious cake Cathie. So pretty. I'll definitely have to give this one a go.
    Glad you had a lovely day and your embroidery is wonderful. Clever you. 🙂 x

  • I bought a Commonsense Cook Book, dated 1939, yesterday, and turned straight to the cakes section.

    For you, Sunbeams.

    4oz butter, 2 oz sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 pound flour, jam, dates, nuts or cinnamon, 1 tspn baking powder, pinch salt, vanilla.

    Rub butter into sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Add sugar. Add beaten egg. Make into stif dough. Roll on to floured board, 1/4 inch thick. Spread with jam, dates, nuts or cinnamon, roll like jam roly, cut into 1/4 inch slices. Glaze, sprinkle with sugar. Place on greased tin and bake 10-15 mins in moderate oven.

  • Oh Cathie I'm drooling. do you ever make that cake for markets? I'm rather envious of your mum, not only did she get this cake, but that gorgeous embroidery too. Lucky woman.
    Hope you were suitably spoilt yourself. xo

  • Hi Cathie,

    thanks for your visit to my blog! I know I am gonna LOVE following your blog. I feel hungry!!!

  • Mmmmmmm – so nice! I have to try that one. I posted my mother's day gift as well – check it out if you get the time 🙂

  • Now that is the sweetest cake ever! Lemon is yummy..keeping my fingers crossed that I will have a sweet treat today. xoxoxo

  • Very beautiful cake! Love the little floral decoration!

  • yum!!!

  • Ahhh…that looks so very good…save me a piece!

    Thank you for your lovely visit & sweet words…
    Wishing you have a "joyfilled"

    ~~~~~M*O*T*H*E*R*S D*A*Y~~~~

  • What a beautiful creation! Happy Mothers Day!

  • yum, yum.

    Happy Mother's Day, sweet jewel.
    one love.

  • Looks gorgeous. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mum for yesterday. Lou.

  • Oh…I missed this….now I'm dribbling all over my keyboard and wishing i didn't live so far away xx

  • What a beautiful cake and I LOVE the embroidery! So clever 🙂

    Mums are ace!

  • Stunning cake!! & the embroidery is just the most special piece of art – wonderful!! XO

  • Yummy! And thanks for the recipe, I may just give this one a try…I don't think I have made a cake (apart from banana) since high school 🙂

  • Hello Cathie. What a beautiful cake! It looks amazing. I love those cute little flowers on top. Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

  • That is one lucky mummy! I know this will taste beautiful as i've now had the good fortune to taste one of your cupcakes. Thanks for stopping to say hi at the Show and for the delicious treat! It was so lovely to meet the you and your beautiful girl.
    Cathy xx

  • MMMMMMMMMM. Cake. I'm going to have to set the two year old up with a gmail account. She'd follow your blog in a nanosecond.

  • this is beautiful! thinking of you, friend.

  • I love the little flowers on that cake – makes it look double yummy, as i'm sure it is!

  • Wow, this cake looks so sweet and elegant. Amazing pictures too!

    Very well done!

  • Just discovered your lovely blog via Catherine at A Time To Create. Your lemon cake looks delicious and I can't wait to try out your recipe. Am now a follower and look forward to more of your blog posts – Amanda x

  • TK

    Thankyou for posting this sweet looking lemon cake, funnily enough I have been on the hunt for a GOOD lemon cake recipe so will give this a whirl!!! I too tend not to eat what I have baked so will be dependant on other "taste testers"!!!!!

  • Hi Cathie, I adore the look of your blog. Happy Mothers DAy for last Sunday. Love the cake.

  • What a delicious looking cake, that'll be going in my cook book. Thanks Cathie!

  • Ash

    I love your mother's day cake!! Those little daisies are just adorable!!

  • Oh Audrey was asking about a lemon cake yesterday how funny??Thanks for the recipe it sounds like now I have no excuses:)XX
    PS: but mine would not look so stylish!

  • Your recipes and photos are absolutely fantastic! Spent quite a bit of time just reading and absorbing yesterday (on my husband's teeny-tiny notebook as my laptop was in the shop). Now I'm itching to get back into the kitchen to make some weekend treats. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Looks lovely! There is nothing better than lemon cake. I will have to try your recipe. My Mum will be very happy :).
    Please check my recipes: http://alexandras-recipes.blogspot.com/ I would be appreciate if you could follow back.

  • soooooo gorgeous. yum.