Sticky lemon cake

Sometimes I feel embarrassed to say that I read a lot of cozy mysteries. Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which gory details of the crime are never described, the detective is usually a woman next door (they are often female entrepreneurs or independent contractors such as journalists) turned amateur sleuth, and the crime takes place in a tea shop, B&B, eatery, etc in a small town.

Now that I got that out of the way, “cozies” are brain candies. And I hate to admit that I consume a lot of them! I love reading them at night to put me to sleep, or during a cold, quiet afternoon at home while under the covers. HOWEVER, I also read more serious literary genres at the same time in order to feed my brain substantial brain food. LOL!

The recipe for Sticky Lemon Cake was from one the cozy mysteries that I just finished. I was excited to find a recipe that seemed easy enough to make. And sure enough, it was and the cake was delicious as well! I gave a slice to my co-worker who raved about it and wanted more! By the way, the recipe came from Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea.

What is great about this recipe is now I know what to do with extra lemons that often would just go to waste. I do not always use lemon in my cooking but sometimes I find myself buying a bag but really needing just one lemon. My neighbors also sometimes put out a basket of lemons in front of their house from their trees for people to take home for free. Here is the recipe that has been adapted from the book, Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea:


  1. Citrus squeezer
  2. Grater or zester
  3. 8 inch square metal baking pan

Lemon Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)

Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Mix until sugar dissolves. Set aside.

Lemon Cake

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zests (or zests from two large lemons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter or spray with non-stick spray an 8 inch square metal baking pan.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon peel in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Beat in 1 egg then add half of the flour.
  5. Repeat with the remaining egg and flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  7. Bake about about 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Take the cake out of the oven and put on a rack.
  9. Poke holes all over the cake.
  10. Pour the lemon syrup all over the cake. Make sure that the syrup soaks in.
  11. Cool the cake completely and serve with powdered sugar or served with whipped cream, jam or lemon curd, if you want.
  12. Enjoy!


If you are curious about Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series, Aunt Dimity books are well-written and follow a very unique plot that is different from typical cozy mysteries. (As I have mentioned, settings for cozies are often in small town bed and breakfasts, tea shops, bake shops, art shops, boutiques, etc.) Aunt Dimity books star Lori Sheppard, an American ex-pat living in the Cotswolds with her lawyer husband and toddlers. Her husband came from old money while Lori inherited hers from Aunt Dimity who was her deceased mother’s best friend during the war. Aunt Dimity herself was already deceased. HOWEVER, she communicates with Lori from the “other side” through an old blank diary. Lori talks to her while Aunt Dimity responds through writing using an old-fashioned cursive. Sounds like fun, right? Despite the supernatural aspect of Aunt Dimity’s presence, it is not creepy at all. The town itself is full of characters — the vicar, gossipy women, tea house proprietor, art collectors, herbalist, equestrian owners, butcher and of course, when in England, there is the local pub that everyone frequents. There are 24 books in the series. I have read most of them. They took me places from the magnificent castle atop a tumultuous Scottish sea to summer Renaissance Faire or just “hanging out” with the townspeople in Cotswolds, England. They were fun and provided me a safe escape akin to a literary hug on a chilly fall or winter afternoon (although I read these books year round!).

The beautiful cloth napkin is from a colleague from Australia. This post with yellow lemons and yellow cake is the perfect way to showcase her gift while remembering her friendship.

16 responses to “Sticky lemon cake”

  1. Ooh that’s a gorgeous cake! It’s so bright and cheery! Love all the photos too! There’s nothing better than enjoying a glorious slice of cake (especially your sticky lemon cake) with tea on the side while reading a great book 🙂 I’ve never heard of the Aunt Dimity series before, I’ll check it out! Thank you for sharing the awesome book series and recipe! 🙂 I’m a fan of cozy mysteries too. I tend to watch the TV versions, especially when they’re newly released from the UK. They make my weekends cozy – the best part is that they’re less gory compared to plots in the typical crime genre. I just can’t stand looking at/reading gory stuff haha. And I love admiring the charming English villages and countryside settings. The plots are fascinating too – I can’t help but guess who did ‘it’ throughout each story! One of my favorites is Agatha Raisin. I’ve read one of the ‘Agatha Raisin’ books, but I enjoy watching the TV series more (season 3 isn’t my fave, though) as the characters are portrayed wonderfully by the cast 🙂

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    • Happy to meet a fellow cozy mystery fan! Please check out Aunt Dimity if you can. The stories are so fun to read and the towns people are wacky but loveable! I have to check out Agatha Raisin on TV. I have read a few of the books in the series. I do read the books for the charming English villages, tea shops, cozy book stores, etc…. And thank you for the sweet notes about the cake photos. I made it twice already and gave them to my co-workers and BFF who just could not get enough. 🙂

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  2. Never heard of cozy mysteries before! But the Aunt Dimity series sounds like Miss Marple and I like her character a lot. 😊 Just wanted to say I love the look of your photos, it feels so cheerful.

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    • You are right about Miss Marple being of cozy mystery genre. It is probably one of the grandmothers of cozy mysteries. Here is Wikipedia’s explanation of cozy mysteries:

      I think people are either turned off by cozies or get totally addicted to it. (Me! Me! LOL!) As I have mentioned, these books are such brain candies, such a fun way to escape reality and get transported to a small town tea shop in South Carolina, scrapbook shop in New Orleans or happy little town in the Cotswolds, etc. People also consider reading Nancy Drew mysteries as child as a precursor to reading cozy mysteries as an adult. I devoured Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. Anyway, if you are interested, my favorite authors are Laura Childs, Julia Buckley (she is a much better writer than Childs), Nancy Atherton (Aunt Dimity series), MC Beaton (her books, Agatha Raisin, was turned into British-Comedy Drama) and Joanne Fluke (her series also was turned into Murder, She Baked on American-Canadian TV). You can also check out my Instagram @cozybaylife if you like where I post my book reviews which have been mostly cozy mysteries during the last couple of years. (Thank God I got classic mysteries out of way when I was younger!) 🙂

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      • I have never read even one book of Hardy Boys but I devoured Nancy Drew and even Bobbsey Twins. LOL! My parents would take me and my siblings to National Bookstore every Sunday and I would get the books, then would get them as presents afterwards from my aunt. 🙂

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      • Oooh. Never got into Bobbsey Twins. Haha, just got a memory flashback of the old National Bookstore aka “The Total Bookstore” 😊

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      • I love National Bookstore! I always have to shop there every time I visit the Philippines. I have precious childhood memories of Sunday trips to National Bookstore with my parents, and when I was an adolescent meeting up with friends there. 🙂

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    • And thanks for the compliment on my photos. I love food photography as much as cooking. I am jealous of beautiful food photos that are dark and moody but I have to accept that my personal style is really one that is cheerful and bright. 🙂


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