Iced Lemon Flatcake (Gluten-free)

Gluten-free can mean gorgeous. These are delicious little bites of heaven.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/gas 2. Grease a 20cm/8in square cake or brownie tin (at least 3 inches/8 cm deep) with butter. Line the base and sides with baking/greaseproof paper.
  2. Tip the butter and sugar into a bowl. Cream them together vigorously using a wooden spoon until the mix is very light, white and fluffy. This could take up to 5 minutes.
  3. Beat the eggs together in a small bowl. Weigh out the ground almonds and have them close.
  4. Beat a third of the egg mix very gradually into the creamed mixture along with a third of the almonds.
  5. Once amalgamated, add the next third of egg and almonds. Beat it in. Add the final third.
  6. Add the lemon rind and juice or extract. Spoon it evenly into the tin.


  1. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until the top of the cake is golden. To test, insert a cocktail stick into the middle. It should be just a bit sticky as it comes out.
  2. Remove the cake to a rack and let it cool in the tin. Ice once it’s cold.
  3. Icing: sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add sufficient juice to create a thick coating mix, stirring with a wooden spoon. Pour it evenly over the cold cake. Add optional bits of chopped glace cherry or flaked almond.


  1. Serve whole or cut into squares.

Useful Cooking Information


Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb


Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints


Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise

Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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