The Infamous Belgian Lemon Teacake

Belgian Lemon Teacake

I’m going to give it to you straight- this sweet crispy crust with tart gooey lemon filling is the best cake I have ever had. Since I can remember, this has been my cake of choice every birthday, Christmas, graduation, family reunion, afternoon tea, basically any occasion involving cake. So delicious it could make you cry tears of joy, this is the best family recipe I’ve got.

Only 2 pounds for a whole cake, this is cheap and tastes amazing. I cannot emphasise enough how good this cake is.

If you’re in the southern hemisphere or a warm climate, help yourself to some fresh lemons, but bottled lemon juice works just as well.



  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 60g butter


  1. preheat oven to moderate 180°c
  2. brush a 17cm shallow round tin with melted butter or oil and line the base of the tin with baking paper
  3. sift self raising flour into a bowl, add sugar and stir well to combine. Add butter and rub in with finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  4. Make a well in the centre and stir in egg to form a soft dough
  5. Press two-thirds of the dough into the base of the prepared tin, leaving a small lip around the edges
  6. Make the hot filling by placing all filling ingredients into a small pan and stirring constantly over a low heat for around 15 minutes until mixture boils and thickens
  7. Pour filling over into the tin and crumble small flattened pieces of the remaining pastry over the filling
  8. Pour over hot filling. Crumble small flattened pieces of the remaining pastry over the lemon filling
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown and cool in tin.
  10. Once cooled, you can optionally sift icing sugar over the top for decoration and serve with crème fraiche

p.s. I don’t know why this cake is called ‘Belgian’. My family is Australian/German so who knows where this one came from.

– Anna


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