Claire Ferrandi
2 minute read
7 Mar 2018
2:59 pm

Recipe: Lemon-poppyseed cake with cream cheese and lemon curd icing

Claire Ferrandi

When life hands you lemons, bake them into this delicious lemon-poppyseed cake.

Lemon-poppyseed cake with cream cheese and lemon curd icing. Photo: Dylan Swart


225g castor sugar
110g butter, softened
2 eggs
200g cake flour
45ml (3 tbsp) poppyseeds
Zest of 2 lemons
5ml (1 tsp) baking powder
Pinch salt
125ml (0.5 cup) milk

Lemon syrup
40g sugar
80ml (⅓ cup) lemon juice
30ml (2 tbsp) water

1 x 230g tub cream cheese, at room temperature
50g lemon curd
Lemon wedges, to decorate


1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 180˚C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm-diameter cake tin.

2.Cream the castor sugar and butter together in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cake flour, poppyseeds, lemon zest, baking powder and salt to remove any lumps and to combine the dry ingredients.

4. Using a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg-butter mixture, alternating with tablespoonfuls of the milk, until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven, 40 – 50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

5. While the cake is baking, make the lemon syrup by placing all of the ingredients in a small pot and boiling to dissolve the sugar, 1 minute, then remove from heat. As soon as you remove the cake from the oven, prick it all over with a skewer and pour the hot syrup over it while still in the tin (simply heat up the syrup again if it has cooled down). Allow the cake to cool down completely in the tin, about 2 hours.

6. Make the icing by combining the cream cheese and the lemon curd until smooth. Turn the cooled cake out onto a platter or cake stand, spread the icing over the top and decorate with lemon wedges.

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