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Luscious Lemon Syrup Cake Recipe

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by Becky67 (subscribe)
I'm a frustrated English teacher who wants to be a writer when she grows up.
Published August 12th 2012
Luscious Lemon Syrup Cake- certain to please
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Serves: 8
Yield: 1 loaf cake

About This Recipe

This recipe never fails to please. Whenever I make it, people ask for the recipe. It appeals to both those who spurn icing on cakes and to those who adore it. Go on- try it! I bet you love it, too!

With thanks to my mother-in-law, Julie Smith, a British ex-pat living here, in Australia, who adapted an old English recipe for Australian conditions.


170 g self-raising flour
170 g caster sugar
115 g soft butter or margarine*
2 large eggs
4 Tablespoons milk
teaspoon baking powder
Grated rind of one lemon

Juice of one lemon
115 g caster sugar


1. Preheat oven to 160o C. Line a 210 x 114 cm (approx.) or similar size loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Add all of the ingredients for the cake to a large mixing bowl.

3. Mix on low speed with an electric mixer for two minutes, or until all ingredients are moistened.
4. Mix on high speed for two minutes- or until mixture is thick and creamy.

5. 'Pour' cake mix into lined tin and bake at 160o C for 50 minutes.

6. For the syrup:
a. Five minutes before the cake is due to come out of the oven, add lemon juice and sugar to a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
b. Pour the warm syrup over the hot cake.
c. Leave to cool in tin before taking it out.

* Note: It is essential that you use soft butter or margarine. The first few times I made this cake, I used Fairy cooking margarine, and the cake sank in the middle (it still tasted fine). Now I use Devondale Extrasoft, and it works perfectly.
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Your Comment
I made this cake last night for a family 'do'.
Today I have had to print off five copies of the recipe for everyone who thought it was absolutely delicious.
It is really a simple cake to make, but really tasty.
I imagine it would work just as well with orange or lime?
Thank you
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1798) 2638 days ago
Thank you so much for the recipe. I made the cake yesterday for my mum's bday and it was delicious! I will definately be making it again and again.
by Coralie (score: 0|4) 2631 days ago
So wonderful! Turned out amazing. I am not the greatest cook but this came out perfect and so tasty
by Lol.g (score: 0|2) 645 days ago
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