Lemon Sauce Cake

For Blackbird I shall be posting a range of lemon recipes. The first is for my standby-for-all-occasions Lemon Sauce Cake. The recipe originally came from the now defunct TV program Burke’s Backyard and years later when I went for a job with the production company Mr Don Burke himself told me that recipe was the most requested in the shows entire history. I think it ran for something like ten years, if not more.

It is a simple butter cake pepped up with some lemon rind and then a simple sugar and lemon juice syrup is poured over the cake as it comes out of the oven. The original recipe gave 1/4 cup measures for the sauce, but I like it pretty moist and 1/2 cup amounts was too much so 1/3 cup was just right. I have only ever made it with the almonds three or four times in the near-on 20 years I’ve made this recipe, but it is lovely with them, adding a nice textural contrast.

It is easy to make, delicious to eat and infinitely comforting for both reasons.

Lemon Sauce Cake

  • 125g butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups SR flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a loaf tin
  2. Cream butter, sugar and lemon rind
  3. Add eggs one at a time
  4. Fold in flour and milk
  5. Pour into tin
  6. Bake for 50 minutes
  7. Mix lemon juice and sugar together in a saucepan, and cook until sugar is dissolved
  8. As you take the cake from the oven skewer a few holes all over the cake and gently pour over the syrup
  9. Allow to cool in the tin.

Other lemon recipes for BB:
Lemon Yoghurt Cake
Tart Lemon Squares
Lemon Butter

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