Monday, 3 February 2014

Sansa's Lemon Cakes

In my quest to make the perfect Game of Thrones dinner menu for the next season premier I had to try out Sansa's favourite little lemon cakes from King's Landing.
This is another recipe from A Feast of Ice and Fire cookbook and has been adapted by Chelsea and Sariann from the Lucayos Cookbook of 1690, making these treats an Elizabethan recipe. 

These delectable delights fall somewhere between a cake and chewy cookie and are incredibly moorish.  I test ran these on Steve who made his way through 2 before I got a chance to ice them and insisted I kept some back when I took the remainder to a friends house for our weekly games night.  These friends often get my sweet concoctions road tested on them and the verdict on these was universally positive. 

They have a crisp shell that hardens slightly as they cool and a chewy, light interior that has a light, fresh lemon flavour that is not too overpowering.

They would be perfect for a summer afternoon tea relaxing under parasols out on the lawns of an old English country manor house whilst watching croquet; they have that refined air about them!
Sansa's Lemon Cakes

590g plain flour
470g granulated sugar
90g unsalted butter
Grated zest from 2 lemons
1 egg
2 egg yolks
65g icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a large baking sheet

In a large bowl, combine the flour and granulated sugar.  Add the butter in small chunks, mix well, then add the whole egg and the egg yolks and lemon zest.  Mix thoroughly and keep working it until you have a pale, malleable dough.  Divide the dough into balls about 1 inch across (you should get about 20) and spread them out on the baking tray, leaving a couple of inches between each one as they will spread as they bake.

Bake for 15 minutes until just golden and still slightly soft when pressed on the top.  Allow them to cool on the baking tray before removing them to a cooling rack.

When completely cool mix the icing sugar and milk together until you get a smooth, thick consistency.  Drizzle the cakes with the icing.  They will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container.


  1. Yuuum, these look amazing! And can't wait for more Game of Thrones!!

    1. Have I not force fed these to you yet? I must correct that!

  2. This is amazing!! I didn't know there was a GoT cookbook! I love your blog :)

    LT x

    1. I know, it started life as a blog and the amount of time, research and dedication that must have gone into recreating those recipes that were dreamt up in a fictional world is truly breathtaking! Thanks for stopping by!