Cream Cheese Lemon Cake & Coffee

You might remember me telling you about Pact Coffee ages ago?

Actually, looking at the date it was almost exactly this time last year… which is just frightening! When we were kids I swear time went so slowly, a year felt like a lifetime, now if feels like you’ll miss one if you blink.

The postman is still bringing me pack after pack of unbelievable coffee.

The most recent arrival was Finca La Montaรƒยฑa, from Honduras. A very autumnal blend, which apparently has hints of toffee apple… though it mostly tastes of coffee to me.

I thought such a rich, decadent brew deserved a decent slice of cake.

Something a little bit light and refreshing, but still moist and naughty.

My Cream Cheese Lemon Cake was born.

We had ours outside in yesterday’s beautiful afternoon.

Cor! Just look at that!

If you fancy a slice, or perhaps the entire cake, you’ll need:


2 x 8in tins

6 eggs

340g (12oz) self raising flour

340g (12oz) unsalted butter

340g (12oz) caster sugar (granulated)

1tsp baking powder

Juice + zest 2 lemons

Splash of milk


250g cream cheese

50g butter (room temp)

100g Icing/powdered sugar

Juice + zest one lemon

Lemon curd

Pre-heat your oven to 175C. Thoroughly mix together all of your cake ingredients. I used a processor, but you’re more than welcome to burn off a few calories doing it the old fashioned way!

You need to be able to pour the mixture easily into your cake tins, so if it looks a bit thick, mix in a splash of milk until it loosens up a bit.

Butter your tins, and pour your cake batter in.

Depending on how strong your oven is, they need about 30mins.

Check on them around that time, if they’re no longer pale and wobbly, they’re probably done. If you can stick a wooden skewer into the middle and have it come out clean, they’re perfect!

Now you can crack on with your frosting. Beat together your cream cheese, butter, sugar and lemon. Leave out the lemon curd.

When your cakes are done, leave them on a wire rack to cool.

Now’s your chance to brew a pot of coffee. Or tea… or cocktails! Whatever tickles your pickle.

Now then, once your cake is thoroughly cool, you’re going to want to sandwich them together.

I levelled out the top of mine and flipped it over so I’d have a nice flat base.

Generously spoon lemon curd all over it.

Smooth it out.

And sandwich your second layer on top.

No need to level that one out.

Now you can either cover the entire thing in icing, or just do the top like I did. Use a pallet knife if you have one, or a smooth spoon if not.

Add a little decoration if you’re feeling fancy!

And you’re done.

“Naked” cakes (unfrosted layers) are fashionable at the moment, I’d never made one so was keen to try it out.

I think I quite like the effect! You can see what’s squidging through the centre that way.

Cut a generous slice and pour a cup.

Nibble your way through the sponge, delight in the tangy centre and creamy, rich topping.

Truly, a king amongst cakes.

It’ll keep for a few days in a sealed container. Great for afternoon pick-me-ups, or particularly special packed lunches!

I’ve been in touch with Pact, and Londoner readers can still give them a go for ร‚ยฃ1. Pop LONDONER10 in as the code.

Let me know how you get on… it’s important to espresso yourself, by any beans necessary.

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  • Oh my gosh! That looks so gooooood. Beautiful dishes too! Is it too early for cake right now?!

    • Rosie

      It is NEVER too early for cake Hailey! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  • Claire Foster

    Hey Rosie I really like the discounts you give away it feels like a little gift!
    I have my own blog do you think companies would let me do the same? Or am I not big enough? Is it only the really big bloggers that do it? I dont think Ive seen anyone but you do it so just wanted to ask. I hope thats ok.
    Claire xoxo

    • Rosie

      Hey Claire,
      I’m sure your readers would love that! It’s just like passing on a discount to a friend, so I like to do it whenever possible. I have no doubt that companies would be happy to do the same sort of thing with you and it’s always worth asking!
      The best idea is probably to Tweet at them, or try and get in touch with them directly. Little, independent companies are more likely to be keen, so give it a go!
      Send me a link to your blog and I’ll come check it out.
      R xxx

  • Oooh this looks yummy! I normally always put lemon curd in my lemon cakes, but have never used a cream cheese icing- I’ll have to give that a go!

    Loving your food photography as ever- pretty please do a post on photo construction one day- it’d be so helpful!


    • Rosie

      Thanks Katie, I don’t really consider myself terribly good at “food styling” or presentation in general really! I’m working to get better, so I’ll try and think up a post with what I learn on the way.
      I think Pinterest is a good place to start if you’re looking for inspiration.

      • Well, I always think your photography, especially your food photography, looks really professional and pretty. Can’t wait to read your tips =)

        I’ll have a look at pinterest =)


        • I would agree with Katie, your food photography and styling is amazing Rosie….certainly makes my tummy rumble anyway! x

  • This cake is just beyond beautiful! I love the idea of a naked cake because they look so much more rustic and homemade. So many wedding cakes have been made like this lately with flowers and everything, isn’t it so much more attractive than plain fondant icing? (Which doesn’t even taste very special either!)
    I bought some local damson jam yesterday so might do a similar sort of thing using your recipe – the sponges look absolutely perfect.
    Rosie x

    • Rosie

      I do think they make the prettiest wedding cakes, Rosie!
      But then my mum saw these pictures and I saw her eyes narrow when she saw the sides…
      “Oh. Did you run out of icing?” – mum
      “No, no! It’s supposed to look like that. It’s naked!” – me
      “Hmm. Well I suppose these things come in and out of fashion don’t they.” – mum
      Clearly, not everyone’s convinced! I think she’d kill me if I had one at my wedding!

  • This is the best post to read with my monday morning coffee Rosie! But now the biggest issue at hand is, am I going to the gym or to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for this ridiculously good looking cake..


    Ps. I sent you an email but I don’t think you got it?

    • Rosie

      Jog to the supermarket?! Win win!
      Will investigate emails, they go to a manager so will ask them to pass it on x

      • Hah! perfect, I’ll be on my way, good thing its sunny out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a lovely day Rosie! Oh I see! I sent it via my blog-contact email which is


  • That frosting looks heavenly!!! Too bad I’m dairy intolerantโ€ฆ even though I might make an exception for this one. It looks extremely yummy! Where did you learn to bake like this?

    • Rosie

      Mum and school mostly! I used to love Home Ec. x

  • Ahhh this look so delicious! Extremely tempted to go to my kitchen right now and make this. Then I would eat the whole lot to myself no joke ๐Ÿ˜› xx

    • Rosie

      Step away from the kitchen Jordan!
      Best to save this for when you have other people over to save you from yourself! xx

      • Exactly! Every time I bake something I have to send it off with my boyfriend to his work so they can munch it all before I do! xx

  • I’ve never paired lemon cake with cream cheese frosting before – perfect excuse to try out this cake! x

    • Rosie

      I hadn’t either Nat, it works so well though! x

  • Wow that looks amazing, just when I am trying to cut things like that down! I may have to make this at the weekend now :0 xXx

    • Rosie

      Sorry Jo! x

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ it could be worse x

  • kyomi richards

    No words other than that cake looks absolutley mouthwatering! x

    • Rosie

      Thanks Kyomi! I like your name. x

  • This looks absolutely delicious! I love your photography too. The composition of this is one you should be very proud of! I can’t wait to get lots of baking in when I’m home in Devon next week! I’ll let you know if I try out your recipe!

    Katie <3

    • Rosie

      Oh thank you Katie!
      Not the easiest thing to shoot with one hand while cutting & pouring… but I’m really pleased with how these ones turned out! xx

      • Totally agree – especially with a DSLR! These are beautifully autumnal though! The Gypsophila is a lovely touch too. <3

  • that cake looks so lush and sinfully good, gah!

    • Rosie

      Thank you lovely! x

  • Malu

    This looks like heaven!!! great recipe, and pictures!!! i loved it!!!!

    • Rosie

      Thanks Malu! x

  • Sarah

    This is probably everything good in life.

    • Rosie


  • Your photography skills are top notch! And the cake is incredibly tempting… mind if I tag you on Instagram if I give it a go? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      Thanks Desiree! Not at all, go ahead!

  • Love the idea of lemony cream cheese frosting, looks totes yummy!

    Hugs xoxo

    • Rosie

      ‘Tis delish. My brother wanted the pot of icing by itself!

  • Wowwie, this cake looks amazing! And suprisingly not too tricky to put together either! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll definitely be trying this out in the coming weeks!

    Bramble & Thorn

    • Rosie

      Not too tricky at all Tessa!
      Excited to hear what you think of it! x

  • Sheila

    This looks fabulous! My bf’s mom has a birthday coming up and I wanted to bake her up a cake, she loves lemon so this should be a hit! This recipe could not have come at a more perfect time, thanks Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      I’m a mind reader Sheila! This one’s dedicated to your boyfriend’s ma! xx

  • Pippi Bartlett

    Lemon cake is my absolute favourite! If only my kitchen as uni wasn’t so small… I’m making this as soon as I’m home for xmas!! xx

    • Rosie

      A good early xmas pressie for the fam, Pip x

  • This cake looks absolutely delicious. As soon as the weather turns cold, baking becomes my favorite thing to do so I will have to give this recipe a try!

    • Rosie

      Nothing better than a spot of Autumn baking, Tiff! x

  • That cake looks amazing! And I absolutely love how you put Baby’s Breath under it as decoration. XO

    • Rosie

      Thanks Nicole! x

  • This cake looks absolutely delightful, Rosie! Any sweet containing lemon in it is my favorite. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to give it a try soon…I think raspberries would make a great addition to the cake as well!

    xx- Kim

  • Rosie! when are you going to write a cook book! This looks relish!

    Michaela X

  • mholt1

    Oh, Rosie. Please can you make me some of this! I’ll never get it to look that good! xx

  • I purchased a grinder, and it’s hard for me to find a nice cup of coffee here in Ireland as I’m used to the real (non-dissolve) stuff in the USA… tea is okay, but sometimes I like to brew a pot and have it on all morning when it’s overcast! Already looking forward to my new beans ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Rosie! X

  • Kathryn Smythe

    Definitely going to make this cake for my birthday on Wednesday! Lemon cake my absolute fave! YUM ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the recipe Rosie!

    Kayti xx

  • saradujour

    Gorgeous photo styling! Your Somerset-based posts are always my favourite. Everything looks so idyllic!

    Sara | Sara du Jour

    a Toronto-based lifestyle blog about food, friendships, fashion, beauty, books, home decor, and more!

  • Love love love this cake recipe. Lemon curd is the absolute best!

  • Ahhhh another indulugent recipe for me to have a crack at. My hips hate you, Rosie Londoner!

    Georgina x

  • I now fancy nothing more than a bit of afternoon tea x


  • This cake looks amazing!


  • “Whatever tickles your pickle” <–you made me laugh with that one. Great start to a Monday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Looks delicious! I LOVE that naked cakes are trendy now because I’m too lazy to frost the whole thing sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • this looks lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ I might have to ‘steal’ this lols ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julia Pinsent

    Amazing photos!! Can you tell us where your dish sets are from? I’ve been researching for blue/white china for so long!

  • Ohhhh Rosie, totally know what I’m asking mum to bake for when I go home this weekend! X

  • Cake looks yummy, will give a lactofree version a go! Loving your gorgeous dishes too! Where did you get them? xo

  • What a feast to behold, stunning food styling and photography x

  • Sara Barnes

    I’m a big fan of the naked cake trend. I’m one of those weird people who likes the cake more than the frosting. The naked cakes have just the right frosting to cake ratio for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ this recipe looks great, I’ll have to file it away until I have a birthday to bake for.


  • This looks delicious- big, fluffy cakes are the best!xx

  • Those pictures. And that cake! x

  • Oh wow! This cake looks way too good!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Just started work, definitely getting pact for the office!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • This cake looks amazing! Your photography always looks so professional Rosie!

  • arielle q.

    those cakes look divine! and your styling is always impeccable!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Gorgeous warm pictures! I love them! <3

  • There you go, transporting me to the English countryside again (or at least a garden somewhere in London)! Such a lovely fall afternoon snack ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Monday, Rosie!

  • Jenna

    Looks so yummy! Love the flowers too!

    Jenna ||

  • LilyLipstick

    This cake looks so good! x

  • Emily Kalbun

    Wooooow very decident looking! I just have a question. I have not been able to do many of your baking recipes unfortunately because I cannot figure out the conversions from grams to cups. I am Canadian so I do not use grams. So how much butter is 340g and 340g of flour is how many cups ? (I tried your avocado cookies and they ended up in the trash unfortunately because they did not hold together) ;D
    thanks a lot !

  • Looks amazing Rosie!! Your lemon cake is my go to!! – A teenager with a passion for cooking healthy, wholesome food ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ninegrandstudent

    I may have to give this recipe a go…it’d be the perfect thing to try in my new mini-cake tins! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Sophia Nicholls

    This cake looks fantastic! I’ve given up chocolate for the month, so greatly appreciate all your fruit based recipes at the moment! xxx

  • Your blog is absolutely beautiful. These photos are exquisite. I’m almoooost tempted to try baking this cake (I’m not much of a bakerโ€ฆ)

  • This looks incredible! And the setting is so idyllic! I’m fascinated by the naked cake trend. This has convinced me to give it a go! Great post and fab recipe!

  • Loving the puns at the end there! Will be trying this out at christmas time I think – yummy! xxx

  • I always make the mistake of reading these posts when I don’t have the ingredients in the kitchen! Writing a list now of all the things I need.

    Petite Side of Style

  • Abby
  • Lemon cake is a one true love of mine. This looks so delicious!!!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

  • Oh my goodness, that looks like heaven!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Why do I always read your blog posts when I’m hungry? If only I had unlimited access to such delightful delicacies!

  • Nicola Bonn

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. I’m awful at baking but i think you may have inspired me.
    Nicola x

  • TheGivingBride

    This does look lovely. I’m a big fan of the naked cakes for weddings so why not for other occasions?!?

  • Oh my golly. This cake is a must try and the coffee. Thank you for the lemony inspo.
    Rosie x

  • That look so so delicious!! I find it so hard to take pictures while I bake, but yours are always stunningly enticing! I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe out.

  • The slow pace

    I want to marry that cake.

  • WOW! This cake looks seriously amazing! Wish I was there to taste!



  • Your food shots are perfection

  • Queenie Lee

    oh man, that looks absolutely delish! Those plates are so beautiful too xx

  • Kate

    Beautiful photos and the cake looks amazing! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Emily Ingersoll

    Coffee looks delicious!
    If only they shipped to the U.S.!!

  • Holly von Bock

    oooohhhhhh, I was going to make a mahoosive version of your lemon drizzle cake for my mum for her birthday this weekend, but I’m going to have a crack at this beauty instead! thank you! xxxxx

  • Looks delicious!!!! Looks relatively easy too!!! Gotta try this out this weekend for sure!

  • Kim

    This cake looks amazing! I have a pregnant friend who is a total cake demon right now, she will love it. Thanks for sharing!


  • Robyn

    These photos are stunning! And the cake looks to-die-for! Need to try making it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Ellen Morris

    ROSIE! How long have you been using a Microplane? It’s my family’s company!

  • Shaye Robbins

    I swear I read your blog just for the puns! Brilliant.

  • Holy Hell that looks amazing! I must try this! Yum! …It reminds me of Spring ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love your food recipe posts! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Oh Rosie, your puns do crack me up!! Keep’em coming!!


  • Cookie

    Is that your yard? It’s so beautiful!

  • Arlyn

    HI Rosie
    I am new to your blog and i love your photography and detail, and i love anything with lemon and will be trying out this recipe for sure. I want to ask where you got your china from? Been searching for something like this. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Theresa Y.

    This cake looks so delicious and I absolutely love your china set! I wish we had something like Pact in Canada!

  • Kira MacKenzie

    Goodness gracious, just another opportunity for me to single-handedly sponsor the lemon economy! As usual, your recipe posts are dangerously appealingโ€ฆthis one is a squeeze xx

  • This cake is basically what I would eat if I went to heaven for a day. It looks AMAZING. Lemon and citrus cakes are among my faves. My Nana was a dedicated fan of cream cheese icing and I am too. Beautiful photos too! x

  • Ahh! Pact sent me some coffee a few weeks ago, still experimenting for the best coffee / water proportion to make the perfect blend. I’m not a massive coffee drinker so unsure!!! How do you measure it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mollie xxxx

  • The cake is one thing, but the croquery is just to die for! x

  • Emmalisa Tilli

    OMG – one word – DIVINE