Honey and Lemon Cake for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 37 comments

Honey and Lemon Cake for #SundaySupper

I adore citrus, whether in savoury dishes or sweet, so when it was announced as the theme for this #SundaySupper, I got very excited. Hosted by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina, this week, there is a bounty of citrus dishes for your delight and delectation. My offering is a Honey and Lemon Cake – because lemon cake is just too good not to share.

There is something about citrus fruit which just makes me happy. The fragrance of limes always transports me back to Latin America, even though I use them most in Asian cooking (and mojitos!), while lemons always make me think of summer, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

For the past few months, I have even (and if you’re not British you may not appreciate the enormity of this) replaced my morning cup of tea with a slice of lemon and ginger in hot water. It’s actually much better at waking me up – I now save my cup of tea for when I get home from work.

Lemon Cake

I had a couple of attempts at this Honey and Lemon Cake – I made the recipe up as I went along, which pretty much guarantees at least one failure – but it was a very happy day of baking. I don’t mind if things go wrong; it’s part of the fun, particularly for recipe invention.

The cake I’ve come up with is, in effect, just a simple sponge cake with a few additions, but the key ingredients of honey and lemon really stand out. The honey adds a depth of flavour to contrast against the zingy lemon, and both the lemon juice and honey ensure that the cake is perfectly moist, even when using gluten-free flour.

Honey and Lemon Cake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
For the Cake
  1. 100g butter
  2. 50g caster sugar
  3. 50g honey
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 175g self-raising flour (I used a gluten-free blend)
  6. 1 lemon
  7. 1 tsp ginger
For the Glaze
  1. 4tbsp icing sugar
  2. 2 tsp honey
  3. Lemon juice
  4. Flaked almonds to decorate
For the Cake
  1. Grease and line a small, round cake tin. Preheat the oven to 170C.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and honey together, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Add a pinch of flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture from curdling.
  3. Fold in the rest of the flour, incorporating lots of air.
  4. Grate in the zest of the lemon - be careful to only grate the yellow outer zest, as the white underneath can be bitter.
  5. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze in the juice from one half of the lemon.
  6. Add the teaspoon of ginger and lightly stir so all the ingredients are mixed in.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 45 mins. Check that the cake is cooked through with a skewer. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  8. Leave cake to cool for a few mins in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
For the Glaze
  1. Once the cake is cool, put the two tsp of honey and the juice from the remaining half of the lemon into a pan. Heat briefly just until the honey becomes more 'liquidy'. Remove from heat and seive in the icing sugar, stirring well. You should have a runny consistency, not too thick.
  2. Pierce the cake several times with a fork, then spoon over the glaze. Don't worry if it runs all over the place - that is part of the charm!
  3. Before it sets, decorate with flaked almonds.
  4. Once the glaze is dry and cool, dust the cake with icing sugar.
  5. Serve on its own or with a dash of cream.
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  1. Your honey and lemon cake looks like the perfect compliment to a cup of tea, Katy. (Or your morning lemon/ginger drink.) Love the marriage of lemon, ginger and honey in anything – especially cake! Appreciate that your treat is gluten-free, too =)

    • Thank you – it is one of my favourite flavour combinations!

  2. Kudos to you for coming up with this recipe. It looks lovely and a nice cup of tea with lemon would be a perfect accompaniment!
    Happy #SundaySupper Wish I had a piece of your cake right now :)
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen recently posted..Citrus-Ginger Chicken for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! It goes really well with a normal cup of tea – and by normal I mean done the British way!

  3. Just…perfect. Simple and everything I want in a dessert!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Key Lime Biscotti with Key Lime Glaze ~ Citrus #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • Thank you – and well done for hosting such a fab #SundaySupper!

  4. I love the combination of flavors. Sounds so good!
    Sherron@SimplyGourmet recently posted..287. Orange Pound Cake (Gluten Free) #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. Such a delicious looking cake!I love honey and lemon combo and could easily enjoy a few of these with my cup of tea :)
    Soni recently posted..Easy Indian Lemon Chicken #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. I couldn’t wait to see this recipe because I want to bake more cakes with honey. I like the lemon in it too. Great combo of flavors.
    Renee recently posted..Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee!

  7. This reminds me a lot of a Moroccan cake I’ve had before. Going to make it and see how close it is!
    Amanda @ Marocmama recently posted..Moroccan Preserved Lemons for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope it turns out well!

  8. I love the combination of honey and lemon! Your cake looks so moist…it must have tasted incredible!
    Liz recently posted..Tarte au Citron…#SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. This cake looks so elegant! I love the beautiful flavor combinations and that you even produced a moist cake with gluten-free flour. Just lovely!

  10. Lemon and honey go SO well together. What a fantastic cake to have with a cup of coffee! Plain and wonderful!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Lemon Blueberry Polenta Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Definitely a cake to go with coffee!

  11. This cake looks so moist and delicious. I love the simplicity of it.

    • Thank you Conni!

  12. Even though it’s sweet, it sounds so refreshing! Would be great with some fresh raspberries!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Key Lime Truffles for a Citrusy #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Fresh raspberries would go really well!

  13. This is such a wonderful cake. Love honey combined with lemon.
    Kim Beaulieu recently posted..Mini Meyer Lemon Pies #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. That piece of cake is just begging for a hot cup of tea to join it! Think I may have to indulge!
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That is a very good idea!

  15. I love honey and lemon together. In fact, I’ve started adding both of them to my tea rather than depending so much on my beloved cream and sugar. Such a great refreshing flavor combination!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted..Broiled Oranges with Toasted Coconut for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That sounds like a great idea!

  16. Wow, I wish all my kitchen experiments turned out this beautifully! What a fabulous looking cake. And you can never go wrong with combining honey and lemon.
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Orange Ricotta Pancakes for a Citrus #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Ha, you should have seen the first attempt!

  17. WHAT!!! No cup of tea in the morning, not sure I could handle that. In fact I think I need to go put the kettle on right now. Hmm, do you think I am an addict? Since it is 11 this would be wonderful to have this for elevenses, do you have any left I could pop over. :)

    • I actually do have some in the freezer just ready in case anyone pops over…! I know – no tea in the morning is definitely a hardship!

  18. Honey and lemon is such a great combo. I always drink honey & lemon tea when my throat is sore. I bet it tastes great as a cake.
    Susan recently posted..Meyer Lemon Pistachio Loaf #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. Looks and sounds lovely. You really can bake :) !! Love the icing too. Must try this with GF flour ! I’m GF too .. just started !!
    Sunithi recently posted..How Is Your Diet Affecting Your Oral Health?My Profile

    • Thank you luv! Oh, have you been diagnosed with something or is it a lifestyle choice?

  20. This looks wonderful, I love lemon in almost anything and if its cake fantastic. There is something about the smell of lemons fooling you into believing its summertime, thanks for sharing this recipe I am going to have to try this one.
    Emma recently posted..Chocolate MooseMy Profile

    • Thank you Emma! Lemons are wonderful, aren’t they?!

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