COOKTIME: 1hr 20mins


An old Finnish recipe that produces a delicate, slightly crumbly cake with a lovely, mild lemon flavour. This is the original recipe – I sometimes add 1/2 ts of lemon extract and 1 ts of vanilla for deeper flavour.


250 G butter, at room temperature

250 G sugar

4 Eggs

1/2 Lemon, juice of

130 G all-purpose flour

120 G potato starch

1 Teaspoon baking powder

100 Ml chopped fresh lemon balm


Preheat oven to 165 C; grease and flour a 1 1/2 litre cake pan.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add lemon juice, stir to combine.

In another bowl, combine all-purpose flour, potato starch and baking powder; sift the flour mixture onto the butter mixture, stir to combine.

Add chopped lemon balm, stir to combine.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the cake tests done.

Let the cake cool in the pan for a while; after inverting the cake, rinse the cake pan, dry it and place back on the cake. Allow the covered cake to cool completely.