Lemon Sponge Cake

Citrus Lemon Sponge with Candied Peels
Citrus Lemon Sponge with Candied Peels
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175 g Unsalted butter softened, plus extra for the tin
175 g Caster sugar
3 Large eggs
3 Lemon large, unwaxed, zested
250 g Self-raising flour
½ tsp Baking powder
100 g Greek yogurt
For the Icing:
400 g Icing sugar
4-4 ½ tbsp Lemon juice
Lemon zest or candied peel, for serving (optional)
For the Candied Peel (optional):
2 Lemon large, peel only, julienned
200 g Granulated sugar

Nutritional information

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  • For the Candied Peel (optional):

Lemon Sponge Cake


This Lemon Sponge Cake recipe is the perfect option to add to your Mother’s Day lunch menu or afternoon tea celebration of your special day. A simple yet elegant cake that is not very difficult to make but serves up to look like something very professional. It may be the perfected, no-fail, batter recipe which incorporates Greek yogurt to give your cake a sponge texture with lemon juice and lemon zest for the citrus flavors. This recipe also includes steps for beautiful candied lemon peels that add beauty and grace to the cake design.

To make Lemon Sponge Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Lemon Sponge Cake

Steps to make Lemon Sponge Cake


Preheat oven and prepare baking pan


Heat oven to 170° C/150° C fan/gas 3 and grease an 18 cm, loose-bottomed cake tin with butter and line with some baking parchment paper.


Combine butter and sugar


In a mixing bowl, using an electric whisk, beat 175 g of butter with 175 g of caster sugar until combined and light and fluffy.


Add eggs


Add 3 large eggs, cracking them in, one at a time and beating until combined, after each addition.


Add lemon zest


Add lemon zest from 3 lemons and stir to mix through.


Combine dry ingredients


Fold in 250 g of flour, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ tsp salt until combined into the mixture.


Add yogurt


Fold in 100 g of Greek yogurt until completely incorporated.


Bake cake


Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and smooth over the top with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-55 minutes until golden brown and completely baked in the center.




Cool in the baking pan for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely, before icing.


Prepare icing


In a small mixing bowl, sieve 400 g of icing sugar and gently whisk in enough lemon juice, about 4 tablespoons, until a thick icing forms.


Prepare candied peel (optional)


In a saucepan over medium heat, heat and whisk 200 ml of water with 200 g of granulated sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved then add the julienned peels from 2 lemons and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drip dry on some kitchen paper.




Once the cake is cooled and the icing is prepared, generously spoon over the icing, letting it drip all over and down the sides. Decorate the top of the cake with lemon zest of the prepared candied peel, if using.



Slice, serve and enjoy!

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Total Reviews: 18
Lilyann Rava

Mine didn't look quite as fancy but sure did taste good.

Estefania Possemato

Oh man this was just perfection the taste is super strong and not only that but it's cheap too make, exactly the type of dessert I was looking for.

Luella Tsien

Shared part of it with my sister and she stole the whole damn thing lmao.

Raylynn Hoffstadt

Tasty and simple cake to make normally I have a hard time baking but the steps made this very easy thankfully.

Annette Rochester

Not too sure how I feel about this cake I loved the churro apple cake but this flavor was a bit weird though my husband fell for it so Ill be keeping it on the menu.

Clover Housley

My cake sunk not too sure what I did wrong..I want to try making this again but need some tips on what to do so It can be fluffy.

Audree Savich

Brilliant recipe and great for any day of the week will be baking this for my daughters birthday too.

Skylynn Onasch

Wonderful recipe my kids and I gobbled it up super fast!

Sarina Ruizgonzalez

Fantastic recipe just like everything else made by Lilly can't wait to try more things out made by you.

Eisley Bismark

Delicious and sooo freaking tasty I actually put some chocolate chips on the inside too.

Selina Kollath

Great with some tea and actually perfect for mornings not only filling but satisfying to eat very happy with how this turned out and have intentions to make again soon.

Ivana Canidate

I was too late on finding this recipe for mothers day but I did manage to bake it for my dad on fathers day, both my parents loved the taste of this spongey dessert :)

Kayleen Feezel

Absolutely delicious one of my favorite cakes that I've ever made from this website it's not only a huge crowd pleaser but the flavor is very unique and goes well with any type of frosting including chocolate.

Katrina Bate

Normally I'm not a fan of greek yogurt but it actually went well with this.

Miyah Finkley

Sponge cake is my all time favorite it's always so cute and puffy plus the flavors can be anything not just lemon..love this recipe so much.

Flora Ollivier

WOW HEAVENLY GOOD! Now Im obessed with all the food from here haha.

Belinda Greenfield

Was way too zesty I think I'll cut down on all the lemon ingridents next time I do like lemon cake but mine was just sour as hell..


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