Lemon and mixed berry Easter cake

Wed, 23rd March

It's always nice to make a special cake for Easter. Whether it's for after lunch or a late afternoon tea with friends, what better excuse to gather together and share a slice of this lemon cake? The sponge is light and fluffy and is made by adding olive oil instead of butter which gives it a cloud-like texture. In the centre is sharp lemon curd and mixed berry jam, while the icing is a buttercream with a couple of tablespoons of the lemon curd added. I used very little buttercream on this cake as for me it can get a bit much, so it's really just on the top and then a light smear around the edge. Decorate with edible flowers, berries and chocolate eggs.

Helen James


  • ½ cup (120ml) milk
  • ½ cup (120ml) lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1½ cup (300g) sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups (240g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

  1. 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. 2. Grease and line two round tins (approx. 9x9 inch).
  3. 3. In a jug combine milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. 4. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and sugar, for 3 mins until light then pour in the olive oil and whisk again for 3 mins until combined and emulsified.
  5. 5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  6. 6. Fold in 1/3 the dry ingredients and 1/3 lemon juice and milk repeat until all combined.
  7. 7. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tins.
  8. 8. Bake in the oven for 30- 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. 9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then carefully remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Helen James


  • 6 tbsp Considered mixed berry and lavender jam
  • Remaining Considered lemon curd


  • 2 cups (250g) icing sugar
  • 4½ ozs (125g) very soft butter
  • 3 tbsp Considered lemon curd

  1. 1. Place the butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of lemon curd into a large bowl.
  2. 2. Beat until smooth.
  3. 3. Add the remaining sugar and lemon curd and beat again until smooth.
  4. 4. Place one of the sponges on a plate and smooth over the jam and the remaining lemon curd.
  5. 5. Place the second sponge on top. Smooth the icing all over the cake using a palette knife (I decided to do a semi naked finish).
  6. 6. Decorate with edible flowers*, fruit, chocolate eggs - I used primroses, blueberries, raspberries, pistachios, mint and chocolate eggs.

If you are using fresh flowers serve your cake immediately.

*Please make sure the flowers have not been sprayed with any chemicals.

Let me know if you make this and how you get on #consideredbyhj

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Products used: Ludlow Dinner Plate3541118 Ludlow Side Plate3540142