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Cardamom Lemon Drizzle Cake

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Baking
Keyword: Cake
Author: Anna Jones


  • For the cake
  • 3 organic or free-range eggs
  • 100 g Greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
  • 150 ml runny honey
  • 150 ml light olive oil plus extra for greasing
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 200 g light spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • seeds from 4 cardamom pods crushed to a powder in a pestle and mortar
  • For the syrup
  • 1 unwaxed lemons
  • 100 ml honey
  • seeds from 8 cardamom pods crushed to a powder in a pestle and mortar


  • First preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.
  • Put the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk until they have fluffed up a bit.
  • Fold in the yoghurt, honey and olive oil, then grate in the zest of both lemons.
  • Now put all your dry ingredients into another bowl and mix well. Gently beat this dry mixture into the yoghurt mix.
  • Grease a 20cm springform cake tin with olive oil, then line the base with baking paper. Pour the cake mixture into the tin and level out the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until golden on top.
  • Test with a skewer – if it comes out clean it’s ready.
  • Meanwhile, make the syrup for the drizzle. Peel the zest from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the juice into a pan and add the zest and the honey.
  • Add the ground cardamom seeds.
  • Place on a medium heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes, until the syrup has slightly thickened and the zest has candied. You’ll know that is has candied when the strips have become shiny and translucent, and have curled up a little at the edges.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool until you can safely take it out of the tin. Transfer to a cooling rack, then place a large plate underneath to catch any drips.
  • While the cake is still warm, skewer it all over and slowly pour the warm syrup all over the cake, making sure you go right to the edges.
  • Sometimes I serve this with a spoonful of yoghurt.