Lemon sour cream cake

This sweet and tangy lemon sour cream cake recipe is just the thing for an afternoon tea treat.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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  • 125 grams butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioners') sugar
Lemon curd mascarpone
  • 250 grams (8 ounces) mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) pouring cream
  • 350 grams (11 ounces) bottled lemon curd


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a 22cm (9-inch) savarin or ring pan.
  • 2
    Beat butter, rind, caster sugar, eggs, flour and sour cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until mixture is smooth and changed in colour. Spoon mixture into pan; smooth surface.
  • 3
    Bake cake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. Leave cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 4
    Make lemon curd mascarpone: Stir mascarpone and cream in a small bowl until smooth and combined. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold lemon curd through mascarpone mixture until just swirled through.
  • 5
    Dust cooled cake with sifted icing sugar; serve with spoonfuls of lemon curd mascarpone.


Bottled lemon curd is available in the jams and spreads aisle at most supermarkets.

  • The cake can be made a day ahead; store in an airtight container.

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