Lemon & Almond Cake


Happy Food

Published by St. Martin's Press

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

One of my most favorite people in the world is my sister-in-law, Fishy. I was already living in the States when she became my sister-in-law, which is unfortunate on two levels: the first, that I don't get to see her nearly as often as I would like, and the second that I don't get to experience her cooking. My parents are always going over there for dinner and reporting back about delicious roast chickens, and fantastic lamb. My mother then phoned me to say I had to get hold of her recipe for lemon & almond cake, and so here it is, in all its glory. She's coming over in August with the kids, so I shall get her to make it for me then, to see if it's any different from the way I make mine.

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, vegetarian

Equipmentspringform pan

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Moodadventurous, festive, romantic

Taste and Texturebuttery, nutty, rich, sweet, tart

Type of Dishdessert, tart


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup ground almonds or almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Put the lemons in a pan, cover with water, bring to boil and simmer for an hour, or nuke in water in the microwave for around 25 minutes, until soft. Cut lemons

  3. in half, remove pips, and puree in food processor with skin, pith and all. This gives the cake an intense, lemony flavor.

  4. Cream butter and sugar together until almost white. Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding flour, tablespoon at a time.

  5. Gently stir in almonds, almond extract, and lemon mixture.

  6. Pour into a greased 9" springform pan, bottom lined with parchment paper.

  7. Bake for 1/2 hour, then cover with foil and bake for further 1/2 hour.

  8. Cool on a wire rack, and when cool sprinkle with confectioners sugar through a sieve to decorate, with some additional lemon zest.


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Hi @lsgardner, The recipe includes 2 lemons. Please let me know if there's anything else I can help with! All best, Kara Rota Editorial Director

This cake sounds fantastic, but the ingredient list doesn't include lemons. How many lemons should I use?


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