Lemon Drizzle Sponge with a Lime Buttercream

So I wanted to bake a cake today and felt like making a lemon drizzle sponge. However, being me, I wanted to make it a bit different – so I decided to add lime zest to the sponge and also make a lime buttercream to go on top. Safe to say that it tastes great and I shall probably make it again – it was incredibly easy!



  • 200g Self-raising Flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 x Lemons
  • 1 x Lime
  • 1tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 50-100g Icing Sugar
  • 25g butter



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/Fan 160C
  2. Add the flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract to a bowl and mix using an electric whisk until smooth
  3. Using a grater, zest the lemons and lime
  4. Add the zest to the bowl and mix
  5. Grease a tin (I recommend around 8-10 inch)
  6. Add the mix to the tin, place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes
  7. While cooking, squeeze the juice from the two lemons and mix with the caster sugar until the sugar has dissolved
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack
  9. Using a knife, prick holes in the sponge and then pour the lemon juice over the cake
  10. Allow the cake to cool
  11. When cool, take the lime and add the juice to a bowl
  12. Soften the butter and add this to the lime juice
  13. Slowly add icing sugar, whisking continuously – add until a thick paste has formed
  14. Spread the buttercream over the top of the cake using a pallet knife and eat!


  1. To ensure an even distribution of lemon throughout the cake, use a pastry brush to spread the lemon juice over the whole cake during step 9
  2. Do not melt the butter in stage 12 – soften it so that it still remains solid!
  3. Make sure the cake is completely cool before adding the buttercream – it will melt if it is still slightly warm
Don’t do what I did and put the cake in a storage tin that is too small!



19 thoughts on “Lemon Drizzle Sponge with a Lime Buttercream

  1. This looks absolutely fabulous. I was drooling in the window of a local patisserie yesterday and although everything looked amazing, yours looks as though it would taste better than anything I saw. Keep on with the good work and check out my Ultimate Heartbreak brownie recipe…..

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  2. Hi! I’m Jenna, I was wondering if I could put this recipe in my blog and write a review about it, and if you wanted to you could put a link on yours. Im new to the site and trying to collaborate 🙂 Thanks!

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  3. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Cheers

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