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Nigella Lawson's Lemon Tendercake



8 portion(s)

For the Cake

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 120 g vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 150 g raw sugar
  • 275 g coconut milk
  • 20 g lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, zest only finely grated, no white pith
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Blueberry Compote

  • 150 g fresh blueberries
  • 10 g raw sugar
  • 15 g lemon juice
  • 50 g cold water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cold water, extra


  • 250 g coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp icing sugar

Recipe's preparation

  1. You will need 1 x 20cm spring form cake tin.

    For the cake

    Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease the sides and line the base of your springform cake tin with baking paper.
    Place raw sugar into the mixing bowl and mill 5 seconds sp 9.

    Add all wet ingredients and lemon zest and mix together 5 seconds sp 5.
    Add the plain flour and make a shallow well in the centre of the flour.
    Add the baking powder, bicarb soda and salt into the well.

    NOTE: avoid adding the baking powder and bicarb soda directly to the liquid to prevent them from reacting with the lemon juice.

    Mix the ingredients together for 30 seconds sp 5. If necessary, scrap down the sides of the bowl and mix a further 10 seconds sp 5.
    Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the cake is a golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
    Transfer the baked cake to a wire rack and leave the cake to cool completely in its tin.
    The cake will sink slightly and will come away from the sides of the tin which is perfectly normal for this cake.
    Clean and dry mixing bowl.
    Proceed with making the compote.

    For the compote

    Place the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and cold water into the mixing bowl.
    Place MC into position and cook for 5 minutes, Counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting.
    At 60 seconds before end of cooking time mix the cornflour and extra cold water and add through top of lid no less than 30 seconds before end of cooking time.
    Allow the compote to cool completely and store in the fridge until ready to use.

    CAUTION: Take care when removing MC to add the the cornflour & water mix.

    The compote will have thickened slightly. If not, cook for a further 1-2 minutes Counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting. Make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn't become too thick.

    For the topping

    Mix all topping ingredients in a standard kitchen mixing bowl.

    To assemble

    Spread the topping generously over the cooled cake.
    Dollop the compote over the yogurt topping generously.
    Serve immediately.

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I used coconut milk made using the recipe from the 'Vegetarian Kitchen' cookbook.
You can used tinned coconut milk so long as it is of a good quality.
Do NOT use coconut cream as the cake becomes slightly bitter in taste.
Frozen blueberries can be used in place of fresh. Add an extra 2 minutes to the cooking time.
Assemble the cake just before serving.

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  • OMG!...

    Submitted by schnapps72 on 14. April 2018 - 12:00.


    So easy to make, very tasty and is a hit with my family. I will definitely add this to my list of regular sweets.

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