Lemon and Thyme Loaf Cake

This is one of my earliest bakes and it is amazingly simple to make! It is also very tasty and still ranks as my husband’s favorite. I learnt to make this from English food writer Nigel Slater’s show on BBC. Even those who don’t like cake or desserts have said this is a surprisingly light and delicious cake to tuck into.

I prefer to be a little heavy-handed with the thyme because the herb has a very delicate flavor and, for it to come through, you’ve got to use quite a bit.


For the cake
200g unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup ground almond
4 eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
A handful of thyme, chopped

For the glaze
Juice of 2 lemons
Zest of 1 lemon
4 tbsp sugar

Cream cheese or Greek yoghurt


Heat oven to 160C. Line a loaf pan with baking sheet.

Combine the flour, ground almond and baking powder in a bowl. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs, lemon zest and thyme. Mix well. And then add the dry ingredients. Mix well until you get a smooth cake mixture.

Pour the mixture in the loaf pan and level it with a knife or a small spatula. Pop the cake into the oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Once the cake is out, poke holes all over the top of the cake.

Then in a medium saucepan, stir the sugar and zest into the lemon juice. Stir until the syrup thickens slightly. Once done, drizzle over the cake. Set aside to cool.

Slice up the cake and serve with a side of cream cheese or Greek yoghurt.

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Lemon and thyme loaf cake, $30 (delivery within Singapore), $20 (self collect)

Lemon and thyme loaf cake, $30 (delivery within Singapore), $20 (self collect)

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