Wedding cake - zingy lemon

Wedding cake - zingy lemon

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs Plus cooling

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 30

Tier two of our three tier wedding cake, this gives a real citrus hit and the drenching of lemon syrup keeps it beautifully moist

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
269
protein
4g
carbs
33g
fat
8g
saturates
1g
fibre
20g
sugar
0.17g
salt
0g

Ingredients

  • 350g unsalted butter, softened
  • 350g golden caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 140g plain flour
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • zest of 4 lemons, juice of 3 (about 100ml/3½fl oz)

For the syrup

  • zest and juice 2 lemons
  • 100g golden caster sugar

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan140C/gas 3. Prepare the inside and outside of a 23cm tin, as before. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time. Add a tbsp of the plain flour if it starts to split. Fold in the flours and a pinch of salt, followed by the lemon zest and juice.
  2. Spoon the mix into the tin and bake for 1 hr 15 mins until well-risen and golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Meanwhile, make the syrup by heating the sugar, lemon zest and juice in a small pan until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  3. Once the cake is out of the oven, leave to cool until it’s just warm, then use a skewer to poke holes down to the bottom all over the cake. Pour the syrup over, letting it completely soak in after each addition. Leave to cool completely, then either wrap or fill and ice the cake. The unfilled cake will keep well if you wrap it with baking parchment and cling film for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2006

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frisky53's picture
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An absolute lovely cake recipe. Made this as a tier of my daughter's wedding cake. Froze it for a month and then iced it. After icing it I had to store it out of the fridge due to lack of space but it was gorgeous.
Everybody commented on how lemony it was. It's now a favourite.
The syrup just adds the zing

soniafromteddington's picture

I have to make a 12" coffee sponge for my daughters wedding cake and I wondered if I could size up this recipe and use expresso coffee instead of the lemon. Do you think this will work because this recipe uses more flour than a normal Victoria sponge?

aeward's picture

Thinking about making my own wedding cake so why not start practising now. Made a very small version of this as a trial. Very very nice! Ended up with a bit too much buttercream but nevermind!!

Going to try it with 1/2 quantities next and then trying the chocolate one too :-)

domi5253's picture

I made this cake for a friend's wedding and everybody absolutely loved it. Thank you for all your advises it was a great help especially as it was my first wedding cake... I transported it from London to Glasgow by car in individual cake boxes and put it together at the wedding reception, everything work fine.
The chocolate lemon and fruit cake are absolutely delicious, I can not wait to used them again..

gjones's picture

I have just made this cake as the middle tier for my friends wedding cake. Although it looked perfect when it came out of the oven, since putting the lemong syrup over the top it appears to have become very soggy. Can anyone help? I was thinking of making it again and leaving the syrup off??? HELP!!!

lisa_johnson's picture
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Have made this cake several time now and it never fails to have people drooling...very moist and versitile! Can not recommend this recipe enough...even on it's own!

suee_brown's picture
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Making this for my son's wedding. Can anyone tell me cooking time for 6 inch square cake? Planning on using 3/5 quantities but wonder if I should reduce the cooking time too.

cantonwitch's picture

I made cake in 20cm tin and used 2/3 quantities-seemed to be ok though not sure if as deep as original. Can anyone tell me what depth should be/what depth tin should be used?
Am new to this site, is it possible to view answers to other people's questions?

elara99's picture

I'm keen to try this out as practice for my wedding cake. However, I really just want a plain sponge, not a lemony one. Please could people let me know how strongly flavoured it is? any ideas what I could substitute for the zest and juice of the lemons?

Also I was wondering about using the "Easy vanilla cake" cake recipe that is used for Good Food's "Simple elegance wedding cake", instead of this one (with fruit cake and choc sponge for the other 2 tiers), any thoughts from you lovely helpful folks out there?

Thanks ever so much, I look forward to seeing if I get any replies :)

beaglebuddy's picture
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I made the lemon, chocolate and fruit cake all for my own wedding in May. I made all 3 weeks before the wedding, stored the fruit cake and froze the chocolate and lemon as a back up in case I didnt have time to make fresh ones. 4 days before the wedding I made fresh ones, filled them 3 days before and iced 2 days before. They all tasted amazing, even the caterer was bowled over by the lemon one. The frozen ones were just as good as the fresh so if timing is an issue then do this.

tbracken's picture

Hi, I am making the chocolate layer and the lemon cake layer on a smaller scale for my grandaughter's first birthday. Can anyone help with resizing the ingredients required for a 5inch tin?

Thanks.

md1jml's picture

I want to make this lemon cake and the fruit cake for my wedding later this year. However I need both the recipes adjusting for 30cm cake tins to match the chocolate layer. Any ideas?
BTW the chocolate cake is delicious!

sweetingue's picture
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I have just made the cake, but i have had the same problem as the other lady, the syrup is just sitting on the top of cake. It appears to have just set on the top, despite putting holes in cake. Anyone know what i have done wrong?

summed's picture
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Making this for my daughter's wedding. I have made a trial one and it was fantastic.

julieandnickathome's picture

Hi, I'm making my friends wedding cake and she would like it all lemon as we're also using white choc! How do I up/down scale this recipe. We're having 6", 8", 10" and 12" square so not sure how to work out exact quantities!! Help...

lab_dancer's picture

I have just made this cake as part of the wedding cake. can anyone tell me how this is supposed to be stored? is it supposed to be refrigerated? Thanks

victoriajane52's picture

to resize the lemon recipe for a 7" tin, divide amounts by 5, then multiply by 3 - use 4 medium eggs. I added extra lemon as the 'trial' wedding cake was a lovely texture and buttery flavour just not zingy enough. All in all a great success - the chocolate cake recipe is the best I have ever made.

inkedmink's picture

i need to make this in a 7 ! round tin . Can someone please help me with the sizing of the recipe please . Thanks

dewbien's picture
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I made this cake for my brother's wedding and it went down a treat. A very simple recipe.

trap-doortraveller's picture
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Lovely recipe!! Made it for friend's mother's Golden Wedding cake and my mum for Mother's Day. I did put good lemon curd in the buttercream. Planning to make it as part of my daughter's wedding cake this August.

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