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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.41 / 5 (119 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
35 min, plus resting time

Donna Hay gives us a refreshing twist on a tea-time favourite


1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Place the oil, eggs, rind, lemon juice, yogurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into a greased 24cm fluted ring tin and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. While the cake is still hot remove from the tin and place on a plate.

4. To make the lemon frosting, gently stir together the sugar and lemon juice. Spoon over the cake and allow to set. Serve warm.

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For the cake

  • 180 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 280 g thick natural yogurt
  • 385 g caster sugar
  • 300 g self-raising flour

For the lemon frosting

  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 60 ml lemon juice

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Latest Comment


This is not just a lemon cake, its so much more! I give it full marks! Serve with Greek yoghurt and berries for a yummy breakfast!!

lauren83 lauren83  Posted 07 Dec 2012 1:24 PM

I have a Silicone mould, I just flour it. Leave the cake once out of the oven for 10 minuted before you turn it out. Hope you find this useful

CAROL 5 CAROL 5  Posted 11 May 2012 2:57 PM

This cake was lovely & lemony but I did have a some hassle. Firstly it needed an extra 10 minutes before the skewer came out clean on the test; by then it had stuck in the American Bundt tin, (which had been oiled). On removal it split in half! I spread it with Lemon curd & stuck it back together. Tasted great but didn't look as good as in the photo. Has anyone tried using a silicone mould? Do they prevent sticking?

BarbaraS91836 BarbaraS91836  Posted 09 Apr 2012 11:45 AM

Excellent recipe, soft, moist cake. I tried two loaf tins but still had a spillover. Filled two cupcakes as an afterthought and they came out lovely.

Sangeeta S Sangeeta S Posted 25 Nov 2011 1:30 PM

MeherA16857 MeherA16857 Posted 13 Sep 2011 11:51 AM

I love to eat cakes.almost I tried so many different flavors of cake but it new taste and different .I like it.

MeherA16857 MeherA16857 Posted 13 Sep 2011 11:49 AM

very good taste!!!!

kyriakos kyriakos Posted 26 Aug 2011 1:10 PM