Tangy Lemon Sponge Cake


A citrussy sponge with delicious tangy lemon icing, that is an irresistible teatime treat that will have you hooked after just one bite.


175 g unsalted butter (soften + extra for baking tin)

175 g caster sugar

3 large eggs

3 large lemons, zested, plus 4 ½ tbsp juice

250 g Snowflake self-raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

100 g plain Greek yogurt

400 g icing sugar

Mint leaves

Lemon candied peel to serve

2 large lemons

200 g granulated sugar

200 ml water


  • Preheat the oven to 170° C (Fan oven) / 150° C (gas oven)
  • Butter deep, loose-bottomed, 18cm cake tin
  • Line the base with baking parchment
  • Beat the butter and caster sugar together with electric whisk until fluffy
  • Crack the eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition
  • Stir in the lemon zest
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder and ½ tsp salt
  • Fold in the yogurt
  • Spoon the mixture into the lined tin, smoothing the top with a spatula
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and the cake is golden brown on the top
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rake to cool completely
  • Mix icing sugar and beat in enough of the lemon juice in a bowl, it must have a thick consistency
  • Set the cake on a serving plate or cake stand then spoon over the icing, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake
  • Peel large wide strips from the lemons using a vegetable peeler.
  • Remove any pith with a knife
  • Then cut into very thin matchsticks
  • Tip the granulated sugar into a saucepan with 200 ml
  • Cook over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved
  • Add the lemon peel and simmer gently for 15 minutes
  • Then scoop the peel out using a slotted spoon and set on a piece of kitchen paper to cool
  • Top your cake with lemon zest, fresh lemon slices, lemon caddied peel and mint leaves when serving

Serves: 10 to 12 people

Note: The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in the freezer for a month.