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Lemon cake (Starbucks secret recipe)

I am not a big fan of Starbucks I must confess. I find their coffee pretty weak and horrid and I can’t remember much from eating their pastries. However, when I saw this recipe going around in Facebook, the picture looked very delicious and lemon cakes are my soft spots. So I tried it and it is every bit as delicious as it looked. Here is the recipe, adapted to Thermomix and the European measurements (I include the cup measures also for those who use it).


Source: someone on Facebook…


240g (1 1/2 cup) plain flour, sieved
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
215g (1 cup) SUGAR
30g (2 tbsp) butter, Softened.
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
80g (1/3 cup) lemon juice
100g (1/2 cup) oil
Lemon icing
230g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) caster sugar
30g (2 tbsp) whole milk
1/2 tsp lemon extract


  1. Preheat the oven at 180C 170C (fan ovens).
  2. Insert the butterfly whisk in the TM bowl. Blend together the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice in the TM bowl 1 min/speed 4. Remove the butterfly whisk.
  3. Add the sieved flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix 10 sec/speed 6.
  4. Add the oil and mix 10 sec/speed 6.
  5. Pour the batter in a greased 9×5 inch loaf tin (23x12cm) and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cook on a grid.
  6. Clean and dry the bowl.
  7. Grind the sugar for 30 sec/speed 10.
  8. Add the milk and lemon extract and mix 10sec/speed 6 or until combined and smooth.
  9. When the cake is completely cooled down, pour over the lemon icing and let it set before slicing.



Petits sablés au citron (shortbread with lemon icing)

I got this recipe from Gourmande, another happy Thermomix user, and each time I make these, they have great success.  They are great to make at Christmas but they are so tasty that I would make them all year round! Thank you Gourmande for sharing this wonderful recipe.

(Source : Gourmande from the Supertoinette forum)



250g flour
100g soft unsalted butter, cut into chunks
70g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg yolk
Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
100g cream (preferably thick crème fraîche)
1 pinch salt

Lemon icing

125g sugar
1 egg white
Juice of 1 lemon
Food colouring (optional)


  1. First, make the icing sugar in the Thermomix: blend 200g granulated sugar for 1 min/speed 10. Set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, 70g of the icing sugar, the grated lemon zest and the vanilla extract for 10 sec/speed 3.
  3. Add the butter, egg yolk, cream and mix 20 sec/speed 3 until well combined. The mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Tip out in a bowl and bring it together into a ball shape, wrap in cling film and reserve in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  6. Roll the dough on a floured surface down to 5mm thick.
  7. Cut out shapes and set aside on a baking tray covered with parchment paper or silicone sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Once cooked (the biscuits should be hard at the edge but still soft in the middle) and leave to cool on a griddle
  10. Meanwhile, make the lemon icing: combine the remaining icing sugar, the lemon juice and some of the egg white until it is thick but not runny enough so you can easily spread it on the biscuits. You can colour the icing with some food colouring (divide the icing in several bowls and add a little coloring in each and mix well).
  11. Spread on the cooled biscuits and leave to dry at room temperature.