Lemonade birthday cake with cinnamon buttercream recipe

17 Oct

Lemonade cake with cinnamon buttercream

It was my BFF’s birthday recently and a celebratory picnic was in order. Families and kids were rounded up, cheese was purchased, Pimms organised, rugs placed in cars. And a cake was baked.

This lemonade cake is from the new cookbook Naked Cakes by Lyndel Miller. I am quite the critic when it comes to cookbooks – they need to have recipes that are actually doable, they need to have clear instructions, and each recipe needs to be accompanied a large photo to show what the finished product should look like.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

This lemonade cake is zesty, moist and feeds a crowd. My only tweaks were to reduce the sugar and remove the salt.

My BFF loved it, as did the rest of us. And as we reclined in the soft sunshine and drank Pimms while the kids played cricket in the park the world was a wonderful place.

The Hungry Mum  Lemonade birthday cake with cinnamon buttercream


175 grams plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon bicarb soda

115grams butter, at room temperature, diced

170grams caster sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

zest of one lemon

125 grams Greek yogurt

60 mL strained fresh lemon juice

Lemonade birthday cake with cinnamon buttercream


Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line a round 20cm cake tin.

In a large bowl combine flour baking powder and bicarb soda and use a fork to whisk together.

In bowl of electric mixer beat sugar and butter together until light and creamy. Scrape down sides, add eggs, one at a time and beat until well combined.

Add lemon zest and vanilla and beat until just combined, then stir in lemon juice and combine.

Scrape into tine and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Stand on bench for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack until cold.

Meanwhile make buttercream:


175 grams unsalted butter, softened and diced

270 grams icing sugar, sifted

120 grams cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Beat everything together in bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy.

When cold split the cake horizontally and trim to the top so it is flat.

Use a spatula to fill and ice the cake with the buttercream.

Lemonade birthday cake and cinnamon buttercream


27 Responses to “Lemonade birthday cake with cinnamon buttercream recipe”

  1. Melisa R October 17, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    That lemon cake looks so lovely. My mother-in-law is in town and loves lemon desserts. I think I might have my husband take her out for a bit while I whip this up.

    • The Hungry Mum March 20, 2016 at 3:40 am #

      This is one of the best cakes I have made! The cake was lovely and the frosting was amazing, too. Hope you had a chance to bake it.

  2. Beth October 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Lemon and cinnamon is not the first combo that would spring to my mind, but it definitely looks delicious!

    • The Hungry Mum October 18, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      I know, right? But trust me – it really works!

  3. Antonia October 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    I love the flavors in this cake. It looks amazing!

  4. youthfoodblog October 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Will try this. just in for my birthday!

    • The Hungry Mum October 18, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Hip hip hooray! Hopefully you can get someone else to make the bday cake for you 🙂

  5. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) October 18, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    Looks delicious and I love the idea of cinnamon butter cream.

    • The Hungry Mum October 18, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      OMGosh Sara – the buttercream is so freaking good. I heart cinnamon.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 18, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    I love lemonade cakes! I use wizz fizz in mine to add the lemonade flavour. I have that book but haven’t yet cooked anything out of that. I should rectify that.

    • The Hungry Mum October 19, 2015 at 5:47 am #

      Wizz Fizz! Wow, haven;t heard of that in a while! The book is amazing, right up my sugar-filled alley 😉

  7. chocolatesuze October 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    your cake sounds amazing but im dying to try that cinnamon buttercream!

    • The Hungry Mum October 24, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      omg – the buttercream is so freaking awesome!

  8. Kathrina (Eclectic Yellow House) October 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    I wouldn’t immediately pair lemon and cinnamon in a cake, but the more I think about it, the more I’m sure it’s wonderful! Looking forward to giving this a try!

    • The Hungry Mum October 24, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      I know, right? But sometimes it is the most curious pairings that work – sweet and sour / salty and sweet 🙂

  9. Amanda (@lambsearshoney) October 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Mmm, this looks and sound delightful. I’ve been in the mood for cake all weekend, but with no time to make one. this is going to the top of my list!

    • The Hungry Mum October 24, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      I you’re craving cake, this is your go to 🙂

  10. hotlyspiced October 19, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    I was quite sure this cake was going to have some lemonade in it somewhere. It’s a great looking cake and I love the sound of the buttercream. What a relaxing and enjoyable day you had celebrating your friend’s birthday xx

    • The Hungry Mum October 19, 2015 at 2:21 am #

      I know – it doesn’t have lemonade in the cake, but it sure tastes like it does! It is def one of the yummiest cakes I’ve ever made.

  11. kathryningrid October 19, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    What a lovely and refreshing combination!

    • The Hungry Mum October 19, 2015 at 5:44 am #

      Thanks so much! The cake is so moist and the cinnamon icing is delectable.

  12. Chitra Jagadish October 19, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Lovely teaming of flavours in there… beautiful cake . 🙂

  13. Gather and Graze October 20, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    How fabulous! This definitely sounds totally worthy of a Birthday celebration.
    Still trying to sift through all the bits of blogging info we were given over the weekend and apply it to G&G… such a fabulous weekend and so great to finally meet you! M.xx

    • The Hungry Mum October 24, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      Lady, it was SUCH a fab weekend! Info overload, in a good way 🙂 This cake is super delish, really want to make it again.

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