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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10th Apr, 2013
I made this twice for my mother in law who is celiac and she adores it!try it and you and your love ones won't get disappointed! A HIT!!!
9th Apr, 2013
wanted to make this recipe for a friend who has a serious nut allergy but the only polenta that I could find stated that it was packed in an environment where nuts were present. obviously I do not want to risk the health of my friend. any suggestions?
20th Sep, 2018
If it's the nuts that are the issue, not the gluten, just use flour!
7th Apr, 2013
When making mashed potatoes I always boil the potatoes first, is this what we are expected to do? I can imagine it would make a difference in the moisture content, which can be quite important in baking.
5th Apr, 2013
I used a potato ricer for the potato, as I really think this would make all the difference. I left the whole thing in the tin for about half an hour after cooking before trying to remove it. It came out perfect. My friends were very very impressed and were surprised when I told them it was made with mash potato.
1st Apr, 2013
My first foray into gluten-free baking and it turned out great! I did sub 100g rice flour and only used75g almond flour for a lighter texture and it worked well and cut down the fat. I also poked the cake all over with a skewer and then did the glaze just with water and powdered sugar. Made the cake moist but just the right lemon. Served with sweetened cashew cream. Rave reviews eel from my kids.
31st Mar, 2013
This is really lovely and good for g free and non g free alike. I used vitalite as some of my flock are lactose intolerant too. I have made it twice and found it consistent. (I cheated and used Aunt Bessie's frozen mash for speed).
27th Mar, 2013
Excellent every time! Nicest lemon drizzle I've tasted
10th Mar, 2013
Amazing recipe!! like others said so moist, one of the nicest cake i've had including regular wheat/gluten cakes! I baked in 2 halves, then put buttercream (using pure) and lemon curd in the middle and frosted with soft meringue. Everyone loved it! I was very pleased!!!
6th Mar, 2013
It's was looking so good, but as an amateur at cooking I tried this and filled the tin to the top... Then it just kept rising in the oven! Oh dear. It smells nice.


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