Lemon Loaf


Preparation info

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  • Serves


Appears in

The Mountain Cafe Cookbook

The Mountain Cafe Cookbook

By Kirsten Gilmour

Published 2017

  • About

There is not much to say here except lemony, buttery, deliciousness…

  • Be particularly careful not to over-mix this one when you add the dry ingredients – use your hand and go gently.
  • You can turn this into an orange cake by using one orange instead of the lemons. If I make it into an orange cake, I add two tablespoons of poppy seeds to the batter and use orange juice for the drizzle.
  • This will keep for up to five days in an airtight tin at room temperature.


For the Cake

  • 200 g butter, softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 110 ml full fat milk
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • teaspoons baking powder

For the Drizzle

  • juice of 3 lemons (about 90ml)
  • 90 g caster sugar

  • 23 x 13cm loaf tin


Grease and line your tin with greaseproof paper. Preheat your oven to 170°C (150°C fan).

Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl until fluffy and pale – use the balloon whisk attachment if you are using a mixer and stop occasionally to scrape the mix off the sides of the bowl so it is evenly mixed. This can take up to 15 minutes to get it really fluffy, even using an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for at least two to three minutes between each egg. Beat in the milk – it will look curdled but that’s ok, just keep on beating and it will get past this point. Once the milk is fully incorporated, sieve the flour and baking powder over the wet ingredients and gently fold them in using your hand or a wooden spoon to get a thick, smooth cake batter. Scrape the batter into your prepared loaf tin and bake near the bottom of the oven for 60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Be careful only to test it with a skewer when the top of the loaf no longer wobbles or it will flop in the middle.

Put the lemon juice and caster sugar into a small pan. When the cake is ready to take out of the oven, put the syrup pan on a medium heat and gently bring to a simmer. Cook till the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear, but don’t let it thicken or colour. Drizzle the syrup evenly over the hot loaf and leave it to cool in the tin on a rack.