Lemon tray bake

(115 ratings)
Lemon tray bake
Lemon tray bake
  • Makes: 15

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

    (may need 5 mins or so)
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Lemon curd is delicious on toast - but it's great in cake too and a lovely way to decorate these zesty, bite-sized cakes.


For the cake:

  • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • Finely zested rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 medium eggs

For the topping:

  • 3-4 level tbsp lemon curd
  • 250g (8oz) icing sugar
  • 26 x 16.5cm (10 x 6in) oblong tin, lined with baking parchment
  • A disposable piping bag

Top tip: The undecorated cake may be wrapped in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 1 month. Allow the cake to defrost before decorating it.


  1. Set the oven to 180C (360F, gas mark 4).
  2. To make the cake, beat all the ingredients together until smooth, then spoon the mixture into the lined tin and level the surface.
  3. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 40-50 mins or until it has risen and is a pale golden colour, and just springs back when lightly pressed.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool in the baking tin for 10-15 mins, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. In the meantime, make the topping. Spoon the lemon curd into the piping bag and cut off the end of the bag to make a small hole.
  6. Tip the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough water to give it a soft consistency. Working quickly, spread the icing over the top of the cake, then pipe parallel lines of lemon curd widthways across the top of the cake, at about 2cm ( in) apart.
  7. To get the slightly zig-zag design, drag the tip of a cocktail stick or the point of a knife across the lines lengthways across. Work quickly before the icing sets. Leave the icing to set before trimming away the edges of the cake and then cut it into 15 cubes.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
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  • Calories 245(kcal)
  • Fat 11.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I would make these this afternoon as I love lemon cake

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