There is nothing like using a super easy reliable recipe, changing out one ingredient and it still working just as perfectly taste and texture wise!
It was the case this weekend when I wanted to use up some gorgeous looking lemons from my parents tree, so I decided to play around with my Magical Orange Cake recipe and use Lemons instead, and it was a success.
So much so that I am going to try it with a few different sorts of fruits over the summer and see how I get on! I know many have tried this recipe with mandarins and it worked beautifully with those too.
This recipe is so easy that it is just 5 ingredients, one of these being whole lemons, you can easily use 3-4 small ones. But you read right, the entire lemon is used, except for the stalky bit at the top!
The downside was that my lemons had pips, so I had to do a fair bit of slicing and dicing to remove all of them – what I would do next time is work with the lemons over a bowl so that I do not lose any of the lovely juice while taking out pips! But it needs to be done as with this recipe the entire lemon goes in the cake!
I was not sure what effect this would have with the lemons bitterness compared with a sweet orange but I can assure you it is lovely, lemony & sweet.
You could serve this cake in a loaf tin also with a lemon glaze over the top, using vanilla icing or as I have done here a subtle lemon icing to lift the flavours even further.
So here is the recipe, a food processer is needed for the blitzing of the lemon but you could easily do this in a blender and transfer the pulp to a bowl if need be.
So enjoy this simple one pot wonder of a cake!
This recipe results in a light, fluffy delicious cake that I just know will become your favourite go to cake when the citrus is overflowing at your place!
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I made this yesterday and it was a huge hit with my teenagers! Such a lovely texture and incredible flavours, and so easy to make in the kitchen whizz. This will be one I will make regularly. Thank you!
Kylie medew says
Can you cook this in the thermo?
Do you mean Thermomix? I am not sure sorry, I have never used one.
Can this be made with gluten free flour?
I haven’t tested it with GF flour sorry but I do know many followers can substitute it in a lot of my recipes. Let me know how you get on.
I have found if any sneaky pips get in then they make a bitter cake especially if they get whizzed thru the cake
Mine was great but when I cooled the cake it flopped. Not sure why. It still tasted good. Used a ring tin too. Will try again.
Hmm I am not sure why that could be? Possibly the amount of lemon juice or the type?
I’m not familiar with feijoas, but from what I’ve read, the flavor might be too mild for this cake.
This cake definitely works best with citrus
Very much would depend where in the world lemons are being obtained from. Meyer lemons are sweet and not so much pith. If you tried this with lemons in the UK it’d be exceptionally bitter, too much pith and lemons are extremely sour here. Would need to boil the skins and change the water a number of times before use. Would be better just to zest the lemons and blend the fruit part, though that removes the magic aspect.
Georgina Devlin says
Delicious and very lemony, we loved it
Daisy J says
Mine turned out so bitter….although I loved the icing.
Sorry but this cake has turned out bitter and heavy…made exactly to the recipe..not happy at all with it. Can’t serve it to guests.
I’m sorry to hear that. It does happen from time to time and appears to depend on a few factors. In this case it’s based on the lemons used. Normally it’s a light and fluffy cake.
Rob Pinington says
After blitzing the lemon do you add the other ingredients into the food processor and mix them in there too, or put lemon pulp & other ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon?
I add them all into the food processor.
Rachna Nadgir says
Hi can you make cupcakes with this recipe as well.
Yes it makes beautiful cupcakes
Hi there, I am wanting to make a lemon layer cake (only 2 layers to make one big cake), and am thinking of using your lemon cake recipe because my oven won’t fit 2 tins on one rack (which is what most recipes require).
So I was wondering, do you think making 2 of your lemon cakes will be a good size? Or will it be too much and I should only make one, and maybe cut in half to make the 2 layers?
I am wanting to put lemon curd between the layers and frost it with lemon cream cheese icing. Does this sound like it’d taste good with your lemon cake?
Sorry for all of these questions!
Hi, you can definitely make cakes with one cake per rack if your oven fits two racks. Just set to multi bake or fan forced and watch them but I do it all the time. Only time I might not is for a sponge. Making two cakes would be lovely if you are looking for a larger cake. Be sure the lemons are a lovely quality and sweet, remove the pips. I also have a delicious lemon drizzle cake in my ebook in my online shop. Otherwise your ideas sound lovely.
Love this cake. So easy to make & so moist. Do you think you could replace the lemons for feijoas and it would work as well?
Glad you enjoy it, we love it too! I’ve not tried with Feijoas sorry, just citrus fruits.
Shoshana wise says
Mine turned out super bitter. I’m not sure how! Maybe it was the lemons I used?
Hi yes it would be the lemons. All lemons are so different. I learned today from my Dad the PH of the soil plays a big factor in the sweetness and juicyness of the lemon. Sorry it didn’t work out as you’d hoped.
If making it as an orange cake, how many oranges do you use?
Just the one, check out this recipe https://justamumnz.com/2014/01/23/easy-magical-orange-cake/
Just served this lovely Lemon Cake with Coffee after a great dinner tonight with friends.
Just made this lovely delish lemon cake and it is Devine. I love that it uses whole lemons too.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed it!!! ?
Lucy @ Bake Play Smile says
You absolutely cannot beat a lemon cake! That glaze is just perfect!!!