Simple Spelt Lemon Traybake with Lemon Icing









I am not sure why I need to title this spelt lemon traybake recipe as “simple”.  99.9% of the time, the recipes on my blog are very easy. I can’t stand faffy recipes with a million and one non-staple items. And there’s nothing worse than gathering those odd (and sometimes, expensive) ingredients, meticulously following the instructions to the letter, only to end up with a culinary disaster. It happens to all of us. Some more often than they might like to admit (yes indeedy).

I often wonder if people look at my pictures and think, “I can’t make that”. If so, oh yes you can. Of course you can. The pictures you see have been primped and prodded to make them look pretty. You don’t see me bending over, shoulders aching, trying to get the best angle, lighting or shot. You certainly don’t see my catastrophes. And you know what, you don’t really need to.

This blog is my hobby; something I do to relax. I am proud of it and want to make my food look good. It’s almost an art form, really. However, taste is all that matters. A little wonkily risen cake or less-than-round cookies might not make an appearance on my blog, but looks are not going to impact on flavour. Believe me.

If you feel a little intimidated by perfect creations, here’s a secret: they are not so perfect. Food photographers do some weird and wonderful things to make the food look out of this world, like using shoe polish to make meat look more appetising. Just get baking and never compare yourself to anyone else.



Lemon in cakes

So, off my soapbox for a second or two, let’s focus on this spelt lemon traybake. Yum. Lemon, lemon, everywhere. In the cake, in the icing. Delicious. I love the tangy, yet understated, hint of citrus in baking. In the past I’ve used lemons to make a wonderful cottage cheese and lemon bundt, an airfryer lemon cake, lemon cake with blackberry icing, and lemon curd and elderflower cupcakes.

No cake is complete without some kind of icing. Well, unless you are trying to be a little healthier with your baking, of course. Then you can go for something like this reduced fat, low sugar raspberry sponge cake. In my happy place, though, I have icing. Lots of icing.

This super simple spelt lemon traybake is whipped up in minutes and snaffled even quicker. Soft, moist cake with an irresistibly sweet icing. Perfect.




Simple Spelt Lemon Traybake with Lemon Icing

Course Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 slices



  • 70g (⅓ cup) butter
  • 120g (⅔ cup) sugar
  • 2 eggs (medium)
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt (or any thick, plain yoghurt)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 140g (1 + ⅙ cups) spelt flour (see note 1)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • icing/confectioners'/powdered sugar (as much as you need to make a thick icing you can drizzle)



  • Pre-heat the oven to 175° / 350℉. Line or grease an 8"x 8" / 20cm x 20cm square tin.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs in, one at a time.
  • Combine the Greek yoghurt, lemon juice and milk and add to the butter/sugar, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix just until everything is combined.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for around 25 minutes (in the lower part of the oven).
  • The cake is ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes or so, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Mix the lemon juice with as much icing sugar as is needed.
  • Drizzle all over the cooled cake. Slice into eight rectangles/squares and enjoy!


  1. You can use spelt or regular flour for this recipe (just use the same amount).
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America. I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments. 


Simple Spelt Lemon Traybake with Lemon IcingSimple Spelt Lemon Traybake with Lemon Icing

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