January 24, 2017

Lemon Moon Cake

Recipe: Brontë Aurell

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1.5 hours

Try this recipe for Lemon Moon Cake from the cookbook ScandiKitchen Fika & Hygge.
4-Fika&Hygge-bookAround 45 years ago, a big Danish cake producer started making a cake called citronmåne or lemon moon, owing to the crescent shape and yellow color. It quickly became one of those popular, convenient cakes your mum would pick up at the store when she didn’t have time to bake and the neighbour was due to pop over to discuss the latest gossip. This tangy, beautiful version of the supermarket classic is several degrees more delicious than the plastic-wrapped variety. It has certainly earned its prominent place in our ‘staples’ recipe book at the café.


  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 1 cup caster or granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 oz. store-bought marzipan
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod/bean
  • 5 eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups plain or all-purpose flour or cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon


  • 1 1/4 cups icing or confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar OR extract OR use the seeds from 1 vanilla pod/bean
  • Chopped almonds, to decorate


Yield: Serves 8

You’ll need a round 8-inch diameter spring form/springclip pan, greased and lined with baking parchment.

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (300°F) Gas 2.
  2. In a stand mixer or using a hand-held electric whisk, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Grate the marzipan into the mixture, add the seeds from the vanilla pod/bean and mix again. Next add the eggs, one at a time, ensuring you incorporate fully between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Sift into the cake mixture and fold with a spatula until combined. Add the lemon zest and half the juice and fold again. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add a bit more lemon juice.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for around 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn out the cake onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely before decorating.
  5. To make the icing/frosting, place the icing/confectioners’ in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon hot water, mixing in well. Add more lemon juice until you get to the consistency of runny honey: spreadable, but not so liquid that it runs off the cake. Add the lemon zest and vanilla and stir until smooth. If the icing/frosting becomes too runny, add a bit more icing/confectioners’ sugar.
  6. Decorate with chopped almonds if you wish, or make a pattern with a darker coloured icing for a more traditional look.

Excerpted from ScandiKitchen Fika & Hygge by Brontë Aurell, published by Ryland Peters & Small, $32.95. Copyright © 2016. Photography © Peter Cassidy. Used with permission by the publisher.