Amalfi lemon cake with basil and lemon syrup

I love cooking and working with fresh ingredients, I find it’s good for the soul! And Italy is obviously a big inspiration to me and the ROMAINE brand. So I’m delighted to share with you this delicious Lemon & Basil cake recipe by model, chef and wellness advocate Karen Koramshai. 

Karen says…

This is one of my favourite sweet treats as it reminds me of similar cakes I enjoyed when on holiday on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, home to the world’s best lemons. This makes a delicious dessert, but I love a small slice of it with a strong espresso, preferably sitting in the Italian sunshine!


Preheat oven to 160°c fan. Rub a little oil inside a 20cm springform cake tin and line the bottom and sides with non-stick baking parchment.

Place the whole lemon in a saucepan and cover with water. Place a small saucer on top to keep the lemon submerged. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the lemon is very soft. Allow to cool enough to handle and cut in quarters. Remove the seeds and place the rest of the lemon in a food processor with the olive oil and puree until smooth.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the lemon and olive oil and then fold in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder. Scrape into the cake tin and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Meanwhile make the lemon basil syrup by placing the sugar with the zest and juice of both lemons and the basil in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off and allow to infuse.

When the cake is done allow to cool in the tin and then turn out onto a plate. Use a toothpick to poke holes all over the surface of the cake. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, pushing down on the basil and zest to extract as much flavour as possible. Carefully spoon the syrup over the surface of the cake and allow to soak in.

Serve with a scoop of crème fraiche (or oat crème fraiche if you are dairy free) and a strong espresso.

Enjoy an authentic taste of Italy at your kitchen table! Happy creating.. 



lemon - If you can track down Amalfi lemons even better!                              

250ml best quality Italian extra virgin olive oil

4 organic eggs

225g golden caster sugar

300g ground almonds

75g plain gluten free flour

1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

For the syrup

100g golden caster sugar

2 large unwaxed lemons

1 small bunch basil

Serves: 6-8

Dietaries: Gluten & dairy free