Sansa's Lemon Cakes

Today I had to make something to take to a Jacob's Table gathering and I (eventually) settled on some cakes. After noticing the chocolate eyes for the were in stock I abandoned the idea of the eyeless version of this recipe so I could do the proper thing next week for Halloween. If not chocolate, then lemon: so I thought of Sansa's Lemon Cakes.

I didn't particularly want to do a straightforward lemon drizzle cake, so I looked around a bit. I do have a Game of Thrones Cookbook which I seem to recall had a crumpet-style recipe, but I couldn't find the book to check and that idea just seemed wrong for cakes. So I looked around online and found which has a lightly candied lemon slice baked at the bottom of each cake. Brilliant.

Then I was getting ingredients and I realised I fancied trying a Honey Cake - which I have never tried before. So I found . These two form the basis for what I did.

Candied Lemon Slices

  • 12 slices of lemons
  • Water and Sugar to make a syrup - approximately equal amounts

The Cakes

  • 170g/6oz clear honey (about half a jar)
  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 85g/3oz light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz self raising flour, sieved
  • Juice and zest of two small lemons
  1. Heat Water and Sugar in a pan to make a syrup.
  2. Once Sugar is dissolved, add lemon slices.
  3. Allow to simmer/boil for 20 minutes or so, or, frankly, while you're making the cake mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3 and butter and line the bottom of a 7in/18cm cake tin or grease 12 muffin tray holes.
  5. Measure the honey, butter and sugar into a large pan. Add a zest and juice of the lemons and heat gently until melted. (I let it boil because I wasn't paying attention, didn't seem to do it much harm...)
  6. Remove from the heat and mix in the eggs and flour.
  7. Place one candied lemon slice into each muffin hole (or arrange at bottom of large tin).
  8. Spoon into the cake tin/muffin tray and bake for 40-45 minutes (less for the muffin style - I also found it important to turn them in the oven - may just be my oven) until the cake is springy to the touch and shrinking slightly from the sides of the tin.
  9. Cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.
  10. Stab Lemon Cakes with a Needle (or cocktail stick) and pour over some of the left over syrup mixture

So, there you have it, my version of Sansa's Lemon Cakes!

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