Winter Lemon Cake Recipe


Winter Lemon Cake Recipe @ Strayed from the Table

Winter is on our doorstop with the nights getting cooler and the need to sleep in each morning becoming an issue. Why would we want to leave the warmth of our bed to get up and tackle the great out doors when it is cold. For those of you who are reading this from the Northern Hemisphere who have real winters, here in Australia and in sunny Queensland I am the worst offender of not being able to get out of bed on a cold morning. You know what a cold morning is like 4 -5 celsius, I might be lucky to get the temperature down to 1-2 celsius in the middle of winter. Ok, have a laugh.  It really doesn’t get that cold here, but it feels like it compared to our 40 degree days of summer.

During winter the skies become clearer my motivation returns after the heat of the summer, yet it sometimes is to cold for me to get going. The best thing to tackle the outdoors is cake and a hot cup of tea. I find most things are manageable when you have had a cup of tea. I am a green tea drinker and it calms me down and soothes my need to warm my belly.

Lemons are about to be plentiful in our area and I thought using only two of them for a cake would be a good idea. Its a super fluffy cake with zesty icing.

How cold does it get where you live in winter? Make me feel bad for whingeing about the cold to come.

Winter Lemon Cake Recipe @ Strayed from the Table

Winter Lemon Cake Recipe @ Strayed from the Table


Winter Lemon Cake Recipe
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • Icing:
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, zest from one lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 180’c. Grease a 25cm round cake tin and lightly flour.
  2. In a mixing bowl place the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk and mix using a stick blender or electric beaters.
  3. Add the flour, bicarb, salt and lemon juice to the wet mixture and blend ensuring no lumps in the mixture. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  4. Bake for 30minutes or until golden. Remove the cake from the tin after 5minutes from being out of the oven. Allow the cake to cool.
  5. Place the icing sugar into a mixing bowl add lemon juice and 2 of the tablespoons of milk and mix. Add the additional tablespoon of milk if necessary. Stir thoroughly to remove any lumps.
  6. Spread the icing mixture on top of the cake.


Winter Lemon Cake Recipe @ Strayed from the Table

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at

25 Responses

  1. Winters in St. Louis are usually pretty moderate. We’ll certainly have some days in the mid- to low-20s (F), and every few years will get down around 5 degrees F or so. But much of the winter the days will be in the 30s (F, again). Anyway, the cake looks great not only for winter, but summer too. Good thing, because of course it’s summer here, and I want a slice!

    1. John 5 degree F is freezing that is -15’c for us and that is cold. I have only ever visited places that get that cold and not lived in them. Do you have lemons on your trees at this time of year?

  2. So funny to me that it’s just starting to get cold over there when it’s finally starting to warm up around here! This cake would be perfect for summer here…it looks SO good and i love my lemon desserts 🙂 Stay warm over there!!!

  3. hey lizzie! living in hobart, it does get very cold in winter! we’ve had some frosts this week alrady – very pretty though; as one of my friends said, i’m the only person she knows who likes frost!
    having said that, i grew up in western sydney – and it gets a lot colder there, believe it or not.
    i’m a green tea person too – in fact i am drinking a cup now 🙂 i wrote what turned out to be a very popular post about tea!
    your lemon cake looks delicious. lemon cake and lemon delicious puddinsg are such bright notes on cold greay gloomy winter days.
    keep warm and have a great weekend.

  4. Hi Lizzie, do I see preserved lemons in one of your pics ? Just interested in What would you use those for as I have lemons coming on and we don’t use them all at this time if year. Regards sharon

    1. Hi Sharon, I use preserved lemons in salads, couscous, in Mediterranean dishes. You could also make a lemon pickle to preserve them to put on to sandwiches, cakes and eat alongside cold meats and cheese.

  5. I’m in Sydney and totally get it!! I currently sitting here, with my snuggie, water bottle, beanie and a cup of tea and it’s only 17 degrees c outside. IT’S FREEZING!!
    I’d love a slice of this right now to go down with my cuppa 🙂

  6. Trust me, your not whining about the cold. If it drops below 60 here, I start to panic. Lizzie I use Kerr half-pint (8 ounce) jars they are widely available here. I bet you could order them online though. I would have to have the tea pumped in me to keep warm. Good choice having cake to go along with it. I don’t know how you keep up with a farm, I can barely keep my weeds pulled.

  7. I’m happy to have found your blog! This cake is so beautiful in its simplicity. I’m not used to it being so cold at this time of year either…except it’s supposed to be late spring in London!

  8. Liz thanks for dropping in on my blog- I’m loving your blog to bits! Lots of great stuff in here.

    Some lemon baking for me today as well, although it’ll be a lemon meringue pie I think…hmm, maybe I could squeeze a cake in as well. Cold in Sydney? Realistically lasts all of two weeks. When people are still wearing thongs with their scarves, it just isn’t that cold 😉

  9. This cake looks wonderful! It’ll be perfect when we have our glut of limes soon. It gets pretty cold down here, we can see our breath inside the house. We usually try to escape winter for a couple of weeks.

  10. Same here, it’s getting cooler finally! Monsoon is starting and I am more in the mood to bake lovely cakes. You have a great timing lizzy, because just yesterday I had gone to the market and I had discovered some locally grown delicious lemons. Already I have been brainstorming a few ideas to use them well. I think so I found my recipe. =)

  11. Well maybe I shouldn’t say this but it doesn’t get cold here in the Caribbean at all. We do like lemon cake though in fact any kind of citrus in cake is just my cup of tea:-)

    1. No, Rub it in. I don’t like the cold and if I could be in the Caribbean for the winter I would, I would be slurping at a glass of wine outside in the warmth instead of sitting in front of my tiny little hitter with jumper, jacket, beanie and slippers on.

  12. I love it when you Australians moan about the cold – just as you presumably think how ridiculous when we complain in the UK that it’s too hot if the thermometer edges towards 30C. The lemon cake looks delicious – it will go down fine in the summer here.

    1. I know that when I lived in the UK, I still complained about the cold. The second summer that I had there it was stinking hot and 32’c, I had acclimatized by that time and yes did complain about the heat.

  13. I have a glorious glut of lemons at my house which I just posted a blog post about. I think this recipe will be going on the weekend menu….. Thanks looks delicious. And yes, I too complain about these mild Southern Hemisphere winters 😉

  14. What a delicious looking lemon cake. The crumb looks so sodt and white!
    I was planning to make something similar today! I have been lucky enough to have been given two bags of oranges and lemons!
    Oh, and the icing on your cake makes me want to lick it! YUM!

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