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Gluten Free Lemon Traybake

by Katie Bucknell

If you are looking for a bit of zest in your life, this recipe is for you. This lemon traybake is light, delicate and full of flavour. A gluten free twist on a classic lemon drizzle!

Baked in a tray and cut into squares, this cake is perfect for sharing out with a cup of tea.



For the cake:

  • 5oz / 140g gluten free self raising flour (I am using Doves Farm)
  • 5oz / 140g ground almonds
  • 8oz/ 225g caster sugar
  • 8oz / 225g butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 lemons (zest of both, juice of just 1)

For the icing:

  • 7oz / 200g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 15ml warm water or milk (depending on the type of icing you like – milk gives a creamier taste)
  • 1 lemon zest and juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C / Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a square baking tray. I am using a 22″x22″ tin.
  2. In a bowl combine ALL the cake ingredients and mix well with an electric whisk.
  3. Bake for approx 30 minutes until slightly golden on the top. If you poke a skewer through the sponge and it comes out clean, you know it is done.
  4. Whilst the cake is cooling, combine the wet ingredients into the icing sugar gradually to form a smooth yet fairly thick icing. Add more icing sugar and water as required to get the desired consistency (in this case it is better for the icing to be too thick than too runny).
  5. Once the sponge is completely cool layer the icing over the top, distributing it evenly with a spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with the zest of 1 lemon and leave to set before slicing into squares.
  6. Enjoy!


Once I left the butter out of this recipe completely and it was still moist and tasted fantastic – so if you are looking to cut out some fats or watch your cholesterol, then give this a go!

You know what they say, when life gives you lemons…. turn them into cake! Right?



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Pinar 17th August 2016 - 12:25 pm

These look so yummy! I love lemon cakes but hardly ever make them. Thank you for sharing this recipe will have to give it a try!

Pinar xo

Cooking For The Time Challenged 17th August 2016 - 1:04 pm

These look great!

lucyannluna 17th August 2016 - 2:13 pm

Will have to try some of your recipes

Kathy 18th August 2016 - 2:23 am

Looks so yumm!!

Lydia 18th August 2016 - 1:23 pm

This looks and sounds very good. I love lemon cake and with this one, I can have my lemon cake and stay gluten free too! 😉

Lydia 18th August 2016 - 1:27 pm

This looks and sounds really good. It is nice to find a gluten free lemon cake recipe. I will try it soon.

Dolly 25th August 2016 - 12:08 am

Thank you for visiting my blog and following. am glad you found me, and I am very happy I found you! I am always looking for gluten free recipes, so I’ll be stopping by and exploring.

Kimberley jessica 26th August 2016 - 4:14 pm

These look absolutely incredible!


Janice 31st August 2016 - 4:06 pm

I’d love to make these but can’t eat almonds. Do you think I could leave them out?

Katie Bucknell 1st September 2016 - 10:30 am

Hey Janice,

Yes I would replace the quantity of the almonds with GF flour (so use a total of 10oz of flour) – the sponge may come out a tad more crumbly, but it is definitely doable! x

CeeJayKay 2nd September 2016 - 11:30 am

Oh wow!!!!

alia 22nd September 2016 - 6:54 pm

Looks delicious! Are they easy to make? I really am terrible at baking when it isn’t from a box. My three year old and I are allergic to gluten and I’m always on the lookout for easy to make gluten free yummy things! Thank you!

Katie Bucknell 22nd September 2016 - 8:16 pm

Aww thank you! Glad you like it!! Yes these are very simple so this would be a good place to start 😀 I have also just posted a very easy chocolate cake if you want to check that out :):) x


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