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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.08 / 5 (440 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
1 hr 10 min

For only 83p per serving, Matt Tebbutt’s easy cake is equally scrumptious for afternoon tea or dessert


1 Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2 Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until almost white.

3 Beat in the eggs, then the sifted flour and ground almonds and mix well.

4 Stir in the almond essence, lemon zest and juice.

5 Transfer the mixture into a 21-23cm springform tin and bake for about 50 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if it starts to brown too much. While the cake is baking, prepare the almond sauce.

6 For the almond sauce: put all the ingredients into a saucepan and stir gently until it comes to the boil.

7 Spoon the almond sauce mixture over the cake and return to the oven for 10 minutes.

8 To serve, slice the cake and serve with a dollop of yogurt.


  • 225 g butter
  • 225 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 250 g almonds
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp amaretto (almond liqueur)
  • yogurt, to serve

For the almond sauce

  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g light soft brown sugar
  • 60 ml glucose syrup
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 90 g flaked almonds

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Is it possible to use polenta instead of flour & splenda instead of sugar, I need to make this cake for a b/day diabetic by 16th March, hope you can help, I have trawled dozens of recipes, and not luck, thanks. trish

patriciaE581 patriciaE581  Posted 12 Mar 2013 6:12 PM

Apologies everyone. I've checked the recipe and it is in fact *4* eggs. I've updated the recipe...good luck everyone!

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food  Posted 12 Sep 2011 2:59 PM

Lovely recipe, should it have more eggs than 2 or not as the batter was very thick? Would like to know and so would other people who have commented. Very sweet but moist and delicioius

l v l v  Posted 08 Sep 2011 12:25 PM

In the recipe it says 2 eggs but on the video it says 4 eggs for this cake. Which is correct as this is most misleading?

Molly1929 Molly1929 Posted 15 Apr 2011 5:35 PM

I have made this cake several times and I always gets good results and very happy friends and family - I would recommend everybody try it !

BARBARAM83845 BARBARAM83845 Posted 02 Apr 2011 8:24 AM

Thanks for adding video as well. It helped me understand the process better.

Andrea - UKTV Andrea - UKTV Posted 08 Jul 2010 11:03 AM

I made this delicious cake for a 'ladies tea party' it was well received Barb New Zealand

BARBARAC90600 BARBARAC90600 Posted 19 Feb 2010 7:58 AM

lovely cake easy to make and the family loved it I served it with thick double cream.

lisafrain lisafrain Posted 16 Jul 2009 10:27 PM

It is not clear from method when the liquer should be added - I added before the almond sauce by making holes in cake with skewer & spooning in.

Welsh lamb Welsh lamb Posted 10 Jul 2009 8:55 AM

Thanks , all love Lemon Almond Cake, never make cakes , so please with it , shall make again, Great Resipes,always a good show,Matt,Aaron,Jun, allways watch 10pm, or Sunday afternoons,From Susan Small, Resipes&Show 5stars

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 21 Jun 2009 1:55 PM