Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake

Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake

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(165 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins Including cooking potato


Serves 8 - 10

With a special surprise ingredient, this gluten free cake stays beautifully moist. To everyone’s amazement it's mash potato!

Nutrition and extra info

  • without drizzle
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal514
  • fat36g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.88g
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  • 200g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 175g ground almond (switch for polenta or wheat-free flour to make this recipe nut-free)
  • 250g mashed potato



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • zest 3 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (Supercook does one)
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

For the drizzle

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a deep, 20cm round cake tin. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg, beating after each addition. Fold in the almonds, cold mashed potato, lemon zest and baking powder.

  2. Tip into the tin, level the top, then bake for 40-45 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack after 10 mins cooling. Mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice together, then spoon over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let the cake cool completely before slicing.

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25th May, 2014
OMG this is an amazing cake - it is moist and tasty and yummy. Went down a real treat with gluten and non gluten people. Needs either a higher temperature or longer in the oven - I cooked it for 60 mins. Deffo do again
21st May, 2014
I made it with polenta, and it was absolutely fantastic. Old & young alike loved it, and it's one in my recipe book for the future. Great summer time recipe too.
12th Apr, 2014
What a lovely GF cake. Will definitely be making this one plenty of times as everyone loves it :)
28th Jan, 2014
i would like to make this recipe... but what are the US conversions? Also for the ovan temp. Never heard of 4 for gas.
25th Jan, 2014
I've just made this cake for my sister who has coeliac disease, I used gluten free flour as she doesn't like almonds, it took an hour to bake, I've just sampled some myself and it is delicious. I won't tell my sister that there are potatoes in it until she has tried it
24th Jan, 2014
Took 1 1/4 hours to bake in gas oven at temp given. It rose beautifully and didn't dip in the middle when cooled. The texture and taste was very good. But there is a but, it oozed an oily substance which I presume was the butter and it took about 6 sheets of kitchen towel to absorb. Any suggestions? Can it be made with less butter & sugar?
15th Nov, 2015
Mine oozed oil too. Had to squeeze it between layers of kitchen paper.
7th Jan, 2014
This cake is very good. I had a fridge full of potatoes and lemons and was wanting to try this recipe for years. I'm a huge fan of lemon drizzle cake and missed it after discovering my gluten intolerance. I used about 140g of almond flour and the rest gluten free all-purpose. Great texture. I also added a bit of vanilla. Highly recommended! The cake was finished at exactly 35 minutes, and would have been overdone if I had left it in for another five.
Food Lover Brighton
4th Jan, 2014
This is a firm favourite of mine and my friends. I always add lemon icing once the cake has completely cooled. Warming it in the microwave briefly and adding vanilla ice cream also makes it a lovely Sunday lunch pudding.
2nd Jan, 2014
This cake is wonderful, I have made it many times and it always goes down well. It was the cake that won my man's heart!


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7th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes, that's a great idea - sweet potato would be a good substitute. Let us know how it turns out. BBC Good Food team


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