Make This Lemon Curd Cake For A Summer Afternoon Tea!

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Lemon Curd Cake is a light and fresh accompaniment to your afternoon tea, or perfect as a crowd-pleasing dessert. Fast and easy to make, it is ready in about 30 mins. I mean, don’t spill the beans to your guests, who will think you’re quite the talented baker but it’s really just a cake topped with lemon curd!

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Lemon Curd Cake

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.

When I was a kid, my mum used to make lovely cakes – often without a recipe – and they were always a winner!

One of my personal favorites was lemon curd cake. It was a simple sponge cake, topped with a thick layer of creamy, tart yet sweet lemon curd, and a sprinkling of shredded coconut on top – oh the childhood memories!

Now, this version here doesn’t have the coconut element, but it still has that thick layer of Lemon Curd (which you can make yourself from scratch with our recipe, or just use a jar from the store).

You can add swirls of whipped cream around the edges of the cake, with slices of fresh lemon to make it look fancy – and perfect for an afternoon tea party!

Lemon Curd Cake Recipe

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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How Do I Make a Lemon Curd Cake?

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Lemon Curd Cake Recipe

Lemon Curd Cake

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Lemon Curd Cake is a light and fresh accompaniment to your afternoon tea, or perfect as a crowd-pleasing dessert.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp, beaten
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • Whipped Cream, to decorate
  • Lemon slices, to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line a 9-inch round springform cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Sift (or whisk) the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
  3. Add the beaten egg, sour cream and vanilla extract to the flour and mix to combine.
  4. Melt the butter with the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine until fully melted.
  5. Slowly begin to add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix to combine. NOTE: The batter will be VERY thin.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan.
  7. Bake for 20-24 minutes until it's fully baked. An inserted toothpick should come out clean.
  8. Leave to cool completely in the cake pan before transferring to a serving platter.
  9. Spread lemon curd over the top of the cake evenly.
  10. Garnished with swirls of whipped cream and slices of lemon. Enjoy!

    Lemon Curd Cake Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 906Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 210mgSodium: 948mgCarbohydrates: 125gFiber: 1gSugar: 84gProtein: 9g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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