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To be honest I am not that impressed with the photo in Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries of this cake. It’s in the usual subdued tones I enjoy, but the cake itself appears burnt; the lemons especially appear verging on the charcoal side of edible.

But then I’m not that impressed with my photos either!

The cake itself is very moist; more so after spooning all the sugar syrup over it. Demerara sugar doesn’t dissolve quite like caster or granulated so a majority of the granules just clumped together to form a crunchy topping; a delicious contrast to the softness of the interior. I should have tested that the lemon slices, judiciously placed on top, were in a soft ‘edible’ state after poaching. Mine were a little tough, although the thought has just struck that perhaps they are not supposed to be consumed.

With the onset of spring and the long Easter weekend, a sweet lemon cake seem perfect for the moment. Recommended with a little Greek yoghurt and a few fresh raspberries.
Slater’s recipes seldom fail me and suit my ‘style’ perfectly; decent photographs or otherwise.

Slater's Lemon Cake


  1. Julia says:

    Andrew, that looks wonderful. I love lemon and I’m now drooling at the thought of that moist cake. I wish I could reach into the screen and grab a slice. Thanks for entering!

  2. Laura says:

    Hi Andrew,
    Just came over from your hot cross buns photo on Cook and Eat and I’m sure I’ll be coming back. I’m a big Nigel Slater fan too but have not yet tried this one myself. Photo looks great; sunshine and lemons what more could you want! On the hot cross buns: not a big fan of raisins either so I made chocolate ones. Looking forward to future posts!

  3. Andrew says:

    chocolate hot cross buns – sounds good to me! But then anything with chocolate is good for me.

  4. wow this really looks great. beautiful photographs, as usual. it looks so moist!

  5. Andrew says:

    Thanks Linda. The cake really is rather nice, even if my aunt didn’t think it was lemony enough for her!

  6. Bron says:

    I’ve looked at this post a couple of times since you posted it Andrew,
    so anyway this morning I thought I’d come in and comment, as I know how much a comment means! ;-) hehe
    It does look pretty good and I’m all excited by the sight and thought of the crunchy sweet sugar topping, however I must say I would have loved to have had the opportunity to see the softness and colour inside a slice as well.

  7. Andrew says:

    sounds like an excuse to make it again, Bron!
    And as I am not that happy with the photos another try at those too.


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