Jane Asher's lemon traybake

Jane AsherActress Jane Asher is supporting Give & Bake this year by providing us with this beautiful lemon traybake recipe.

‘A very easy traybake recipe.

‘As far as I’m concerned you can’t go wrong with lemon, one of my very favourite tastes, and it makes for a zingy, fresh cake that’s great for summer teas or served with fruit as a dessert.

‘I’ve used the all-in-one method, which is quick to make — and to clear up.’ — Jane Asher

Lemon traybake

Jane Asher's lemon traybake recipe


  • 225g spreadable butter
  • 225g castor sugar
  • four medium eggs
  • 300g self-raising cake flour
  • one teaspoon of baking powder
  • grated rind and juice of one large lemon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted, 350°F, gas mark 4). Grease and line the bottom of a rectangular baking tray (roughly 30cm x 22cm)
  2. Simply put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat well together.
  3. Turn the mix into the baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and springy to the fingers. Let the cake cool in the tray.

Decoration ideas

  1. Spread with lemony butter icing, mark into 16 slices and decorate each one with a sugar ‘lemon slice’.
  2. Drizzle with lemon glace icing  and serve with raspberries.
  3. For a soaked cake, make a lemon syrup:

    • In a small pan gently heat 125g sieved icing sugar in the juice of a lemon. 
    • Stir for 2-3 minutes until a clear syrup is formed, not allowing it to boil.
    • Prick the cake all over with a fork while still warm from the oven, then gently spoon the syrup over it, letting it soak in gradually.
    • Once cold, remove from the tin and dust with a little extra icing sugar. 

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