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Lemon Balm Cake

My kids love this fun cake recipe. It is simple with a hint of lemon flavour. The kids pitch in and observe their creation come to life in the oven. I make it more interesting by using a mould for madeleine cakes. There is less debate about who got the biggest piece! These little cakes are also perfect for lunch boxes.








Ingredients (makes 18):

  • 3 Tbsp lemon balm leaves, finely chopped
  • 150ml/2/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 100ml/1/2 cup olive oil or coconut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g/7oz wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175ml/3/4 cup semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven at 170°C (340°F) for 10 minutes.

2. Mix the sugar, oil and eggs together in a large bowl.

3. Add all remaining ingredients: flour, bicarbonate, lemon rind and juice, milk, balm leaves and salt.

4. Grease a cake tin or madeleine baking tray with butter or oil.

5. Add the mixture to the cake tin.

6. Cook for one hour. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

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