Donna Hay blueberry and lemon cake

11 Feb


Oh Donna, let me the count the ways in which your baking recipes make my heart flutter… Actually, that would take far too long because Ms Hay’s cakes, tarts and muffin recipes always work. Devotees would note that I am Donna hay’s biggest cheerleader and this super simple recipe is yet another winner.

It is one bowl. It is quick. It produces a light, lovely cake that is perfect for picnics, morning teas or more…

It was while drafting this post that I received an annoucement from WordPress, informing me of my blog’s two year birthday. Who knew?!

So I stuck in some metaphorical candles and turned this lovely cake into a celebration cake.

I did reduce the amount of sugar and the cooking time from Donna’s directions.



150g unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

½ cup Greek-style yoghurt

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ cups self-raising flour

125g blueberries [I used frozen]



Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a 22cm x 8cm loaf tin.

Whisk butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, yoghurt and vanilla in a large bowl until combined.

Whisk in flour, then gently fold in blueberries.

Scrape into pan then bake for 60-70 minutes / until skewer comes out clean. Always test at the earliest time – all ovens cook differently. You may need to cover the tin with foil at about 40 minutes if it is browning too quickly [like mine did].

Allow to cool, then dust with a generous amount of sifted icing sugar.


65 Responses to “Donna Hay blueberry and lemon cake”

  1. ladyredspecs February 11, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    Your photos are making me wish I could break my wheat embargo. If only…..

    • thehungrymum February 11, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      wheat embargo! Love your description🙂 Hope you stay on the wheat-free wagon🙂

    • thehungrymum March 23, 2015 at 6:14 am #

      wheat embargo! Love your wording😉

  2. chocolatesuze February 11, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    happy blogiversary! here’s to many more years to come!

  3. thomasvinicombe February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    This looks delicious. I am going to have to try it!

  4. Leah February 11, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Love Donna Hay and this recipe looks delicious so I’ll have to give it a try. Happy 2nd Blogging Birthday!🙂 Leah

    • thehungrymum February 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Isn’t she fab? Think we should start referring to her as Her Donna Highness😉

  5. Gather and Graze February 11, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Gorgeous looking cake! and love the fact that it’s quick, easy and only messes up 1 bowl! Congratulations too on your 2nd Blogiversary – absolutely fantastic!🙂

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 2:00 am #

      I love a one bowl wonder! Thanks for your sweet words🙂

  6. bec {daisy and the fox} February 11, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Yay! Love a good Donna recipe: her food is actually the best🙂 and this Cake is no exception😀
    And happy blogaversiary! X

    • thehungrymum October 29, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      She should be knighted for services to baking🙂

  7. Sarah Wielgosz February 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Yum, looks delicious – I love blueberries!

    • thehungrymum February 21, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Cheers! Blueberries look & taste wonderful🙂

  8. houseofbedlam February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    This looks delicious – and simple enough for a non-baker like me to try! Thanks for sharing!

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 2:01 am #

      Cheers! Is it easy peasy – give a go🙂

  9. Jess February 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Looks really good🙂

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 3:43 am #

      Thanks! It vanished very quickly so I think everyone must have liked it🙂

  10. Liz February 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Happy second birthday and what a lovely tribute! Not overly familiar with DH, so looks like I have some googling to do🙂

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 2:01 am #

      Oooh, You’ll LOVE Donna Hay! She’s my hero and a fab stylist/cookbook queen/magazine wonder woman. Thanks for commenting x

  11. quilt32 February 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    This looks lovely – happy second anniversary on WordPress.

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 1:40 am #

      Thanks Lillian – hope you’re having a great day.

  12. {Main St. Cuisine} February 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Such a beautiful finished cake. Lemon and blueberries are one of my favorite flavor combinations and the sprinkling of powdered sugar is a perfect touch! And, happy two-year anniversary to you and your blog!🙂

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 1:39 am #

      Awww, thanks! Two years has gone by so fast! And I love dusting my cakes with icing sugar – simple & yummy🙂

  13. February 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Just love blueberries and lemon flavored cakes – looks delicious and moist🙂

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 1:39 am #

      It is such a fresh flavour combo, isn’t it? Thanks for your sweet words.

  14. tastytreats13 February 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    That looks really delicious!

  15. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks) February 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    looks very very good! will try out soon….

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 1:38 am #

      I hope you do – let me know what you think of it.

  16. Michael's Woodcraft February 12, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Lovely and looks delicious, I could eat a slice right now!🙂


    • thehungrymum February 13, 2014 at 2:05 am #

      Thanks Michael! You should make a loaf🙂

  17. Charisma February 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Yum! This cake looks lovely!!

  18. Fran @ G'day Souffle' February 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I love Donna Hay’s magazine- I always devour her recipes, and the photography is especially good. This recipe looks easy but delicious!

    • thehungrymum February 14, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      isn’t it great? The styling is so clean and easy to replicate. Thanks for taking the time to comment🙂

  19. Bam's Kitchen February 14, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Happy 2nd year blogiversary! Lets put a candle in your lovely cake to celebrate.

  20. LFFL February 16, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    That sounds so good. A great picture of it too. Looks divine!

    • thehungrymum February 16, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks! It is such a lovely cake to have with a cup of tea.

      • LFFL February 16, 2014 at 6:52 am #


  21. girlinafoodfrenzy February 16, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Happy blogiversary! I believe our blogs really are twins and tasty ones at that! I do love a good lemon cake & blueberries are in season! Ironically I just made a cheesecake in a jar thingy with lemon & blueberries, so snap!

    • thehungrymum March 16, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Oooh, I’d be so honoured to have my blog thought of in the same breath as yours! Lemon is always a winner🙂

      • girl in a food frenzy March 16, 2014 at 11:10 am #

        Agreed! I think that blogging is the best form of therapy for bake-a-holics! Always glad to meet more of us, in the blogosphere!🙂

      • thehungrymum March 25, 2014 at 3:19 am #

        Baking is cheaper than therapy, and tastier too😉

  22. Mike February 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Mmm, mmmmmmmm, this would be awfully good with a hot cup of Earl Grey tea!

    • thehungrymum February 17, 2014 at 6:20 am #

      I reckon this cake & Earl Grey [that’s my tea of choice, BTW] would be heavenly together🙂

  23. Choc Chip Uru February 17, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Happy blogiversary!! This was a great choice of cake to make, I love lemon and blueberry together😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum February 17, 2014 at 6:19 am #

      Thanks Choc Chip Uru! I don’t feel 2 years old😉

  24. Caffè in Forchetta February 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm #


  25. lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) February 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    This looks lovely! I was just thinking about some Donna Hay recipes I want to try.

    • thehungrymum February 20, 2014 at 5:11 am #

      Thanks! You pretty much can’t go wrong with any Donna recipes🙂

  26. cookies and roses February 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    This looks amazing! Definitely on my to-bake list now🙂

    • thehungrymum February 21, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Try it – you def won’t regret it🙂

  27. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) February 25, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    The perfect afternoon tea cake.

  28. Helen @ Scrummy Lane February 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I love the idea of combining blueberries and lemon in a lovely simple and light cake like this! Obviously I must check out Donna Hay … I’ve never tried any of her recipes but if you say they always turn out great then that’s enough of a recommendation for me! Happy blogging birthday, too!

    • thehungrymum March 3, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks Helen! I should be a paid ambassador for Donna Hay! Her baking recipes always inspire me.

  29. Heidy L. McCallum March 21, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Of this looks fantastic ! Great recipe!

    • thehungrymum March 24, 2014 at 5:18 am #

      Thanks! You could *almost* call it fruit, what with all those berries & lemon😉

  30. Alexandra January 29, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks for your like on my Dukkah Chicken and Mango salad.🙂 I see you have some great recipes on your site too, and I particularly like the look of this blueberry and lemon loaf – definitely going to try that sometime!

  31. thefolia February 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    We make blueberry lemonade often in our nest…can’t wait to try the combo in a cake!

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