If you are getting up and going yellow with us on Thursday 13th September to celebrate national air ambulance week, why not BAKE it with Great British Bake Off finalist Ian Cumming’s yellow lemon cake recipe!

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Ingredients –


  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • Large pinch of salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Juice of 1.5 lemons


  • 25g Caster sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon


  • 250g mascarpone
  • 100g double cream
  • 50g lemon curd
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Yellow food colouring – of course!


  • Preheat the oven to 175C
  • Grease and / or line 2 x 8 inch tins
  • Cream the butter, sugar and salt together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy
  • Add the zest and then the eggs one at a time
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder. Add the ground almonds. Fold it all together with a spatula or large metal spoon
  • Split mixture between the two tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean
  • Meanwhile prepare the drizzle. Mix the 25g of caster sugar with the juice of half a lemon
  • As soon as the cakes are done, spike all over with a skewer or toothpick and then sprinkle the drizzle all over the cakes
  • Allow to cool in the tins
  • Beat together all the icing ingredients. Split the icing between the two layers – get creative with a piping bag if you have one!