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Whole Lemon Cake from above with slices
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Whole Lemon Thyme Cake

Whole Lemon Thyme Cake is the most vibrant dairy-free and gluten-free lemon cake you will have tasted. Floral notes of fresh thyme are a perfect match for this naturally flourless lemon cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Lemon Boiling Time1 hr
Course: Cake
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 321kcal


  • 4 lemons 450g
  • 6 eggs medium
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 125 g fine cornmeal
  • 125 g ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • ½ lemon juiced


  • Place the 4 lemons in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C /160°C fan/gas mark 4 and line and grease a 2lb loaf tin.
  • Remove the lemons from the saucepan. Cut in half to remove and discard the pips.
  • Place the lemons in a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside for a moment.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl (or food mixeuntil pale and thick.
  • Mix in the pureed lemons.
  • Add the cornmeal, ground almonds, baking powder, thyme leaves and salt. Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared loaf tin and bake for around 45-50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and prepare a honey glaze.
  • Melting the honey with 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Brush the glaze over the cake whilst it is still in its tin.
  • Let the cake cool in the cake tin before removing and drizzling with lemon icing.
  • Make the lemon icing by stirring together the icing sugar and the juice of ½ lemon until thick but still just pourable.


  • The lemons can be boiled and pureed up to 3 days before making the rest of the cake.
  • You can substitute almond meal or almond flour for the ground almonds, but this will affect the overall texture of the finished cake.
  • The cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in a cool dark place.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 27.5mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1.9mg