Lemon drizzle jam layer cake

This is easy as anything: egg-free cake is made from things that I expect most of you have in your cupboards. I’ve tried to keep the recipe as flexible as possible, so use whichever sugar, flour, jam and citrus you have around. You will need two 20cm round cake tins.


350g plain or spelt flour
250g sugar (caster is best, granulated or light brown also work)
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
350ml milk of your choice (I used oat)
120ml flavourless oil (such as vegetable, sunflower, light olive, coconut)
2 unwaxed lemons or limes, zested and juiced (about 8 tbsp)

For the yoghurt-jam filling
4 tbsp thick yoghurt (thick coconut or Greek) or cream cheese
4 tbsp icing sugar
4 tbsp jam of your choice (I used apricot)

For the drizzle syrup
2 tbsp sugar

Grease both cake tins and line the base with discs of baking paper. If you don’t have baking paper, grease the tin, add a tablespoon of sugar, then tip the tin and shake it around to cover the surface, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a whisk.

In another bowl, whisk the milk, oil and half the citrus juice. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Add the zest from the citrus fruit. Beat well, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture is smooth.

Spoon the cake mix evenly between the lined tins, spread to level it out with the back of a spoon, and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes. Transfer to a rack and leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.

Meanwhile, make the drizzle syrup, combining three tablespoons of the remaining juice with the sugar, then carefully and evenly spoon it over the top of just one of the cakes – this will be the topping.

Once the cakes are cool, make the filling. Combine the yoghurt and icing sugar, and mix the jam with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Put the bottom cake on a plate, spread over the filling, dot with the jam, then make sandwich with the sugared cake on top.

IMAGE: Anna Jones for The Guardian

Posted: 23.03.22 1 Comments


Posted by Jane Taylor at 5:57 on the 27.03.22

Hi Anna I made this absolutely delicious cake and would love to make it again. However I had a bit of a problem as the yoghurt filling (coconut yoghurt) completely squelched out complete with jam from the cake when I put the other half on top. What could I do to stop this happening as it meant the middle of the cake lost any filling? By the way I agree that apricot jam is a really good choice.

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