I’ve never tried any of Nigella Lawson’s recipes… and I’m not quite sure why. But I’ve seen a few pictures of this cake… and Lord knows I love lemon desserts… so I thought I’d give this particular recipe a try.

Nigella’s Damp Lemon -&- Almond Cake

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1/3 cup cake and pastry flour
1 1/3 cups ground almonds
1 tsp almond extract
zest and juice of two lemons

Preheat the oven to 350F; line the bottom of one 8″ (or four 4″) springform pan with parchment paper (I didn’t use parchment, I just lightly sprayed the 4″ springform pans with baking spray)

Cream together the butter and the sugar until almost white. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a quarter of the flour after each addition. When all the eggs and flour have been incorporated, gently stir in the ground almonds, then the almond extract, lemon zest and juice. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 1 hour, checking after 50 minutes – you may have to cover the cake loosely with foil after 30 minutes so the top won’t burn. (I made these in 4″ springform pans and total baking time was 35-40 minutes)
The cake is ready when the top is firm and a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake. Don’t overbake the cake or it won’t be damp.
Remove the cake from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes in the pan; then turn out onto a wire rack and leave till cool.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

For me, this just didn’t hit the spot. Not enough lemon flavor… and I guess I didn’t grind my almonds finely enough because the texture was just too nutty for me. But… on the other hand, my DH dislikes lemon, loves almond and he really liked this cake. Not sure that I’d make it again since there are so many other lemon cakes which really turn me on. If I were to try it again, I’d dramatically increase the lemon… and grind those almonds to powder – LOL!

Have a delicious day :)

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11 Responses to "Nigella’s Damp Lemon -&- Almond Cake"

  1. Leslie says:

    Lemon..yep one of my favorites!
    Did you like it?

  2. Em says:

    The whole last paragraph of my post never made it to the screen – go figure! So I retyped it again. Did I like it? Eh, not so much. It’s not a bad cake… just not lemony enough **for me**

    Have a delicious day :)

  3. Jin Hooi says:

    I love lemon.. but ..hmm.. not a big fan of almond. Hehe, i am like you, i love lemony cakes and cookies !!Nice pics !!

  4. coco says:

    The photographs are fantastic.

  5. veron says:

    ooh…love the crumb on this one!

  6. I have made this cake and I loved it! Yours looks so pretty in a heart shape!

  7. I was just look at this in Feast over the weekend, it’s such a good cake and keeps for ages, and let face it nothing is better than lemon and almond!

  8. Dawn says:

    I love Nigella. I love her home kitchen in London so much.
    This looks good and moist.

  9. casey says:

    I just posted a wonderful almond cake recipe from the fabulous Flo Braker–no lemon, but also no nut grinding. this uses almond paste. A moist, tender cake that keeps beautifully.

  10. em, ANOTHER gorgeous photo! Sorry the recipe didn’t quite meet your expectations, but I want to copy you and make them, too!

  11. Theresa says:

    I just love this recipe, I’m really surprised that you didn’t though perhaps the almond texture is playing a role. I just tried it for the first time and write an article on my blog about it at – I just wanted to let you know that I “borrowed” one of your photos – I hope you don’t mind and if you do please let me know and I’ll be happy to take it down straight away. I thought it really did justice to the cake.

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