Lemon Caraway Seed Cake
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5 from 11 votes

Lemon Caraway Seed Cake

An old-fashioned seed cake, jazzed up with a little lemon and sherry with a drizzle of lemon icing over the top.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: caraway, lemons, seed cake, sherry, vintage, wholemeal spelt flour
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g light muscovado sugar
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon (organic or unwaxed is best as you're going to use the zest)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 5 medium eggs (or 4 large ones)
  • 340 g wholemeal spelt
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 150 ml sherry
  • 50 g icing sugar


  • Turn on the oven to 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Grate in the lemon rind and add the caraway, then beat until combined.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour if the mixture looks as though it's splitting.
  • Sieve in half the flour and baking powder, then stir in half of the sherry. Repeat with the remaining flour, baking powder and sherry.
  • Juice the lemon and stir in half until just incorporated.
  • Spoon the batter into a greased bundt tin or a lined large loaf or round cake tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean (ish).
  • Allow to cool in the tin for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Beat the remaining lemon juice with the icing sugar and drizzle over the cake in anyway you see fit.


Adapted from Rachel Roddy's seed cake - Guardian, 11 August 2018
You can use a large loaf tin if you don't have a bundt mould.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact serving size and ingredients used.


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.9g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 19.5g | Saturated Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 25.6g