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Simple yet beautiful lemon cake without baking

No-bake lemon cake is the best cooling dessert in the warmer months.

The base of this wonderful no-bake lemon cake is a mince pie rolled in melted butter and topped with a rich tart cream, perfect for celebrating a summer birthday or as the crowning glory of a barbecue. Once assembled, allow a few hours for it to set in the fridge.

Lemon cake without baking

Ingredients for 8 slices

For the base:

  • 200 g crushed biscuits
  • 100 g butter

For the cream:

  • 300 g mascarpone
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 100 g sour cream
  • 400 ml whipping cream
  • 200 ml natural yoghurt
  • 2 lemons
  • 20 g gelatin
  • Lemon wedges for the top
Simple yet beautiful lemon cake without baking
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Melt the butter and set aside to cool. Crush or grind the biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Flatten the mixture in a cake tin lined only at the bottom of with baking paper. Transfer in the fridge to set while you make the cream.

Whip the chilled cream. Add the mascarpone, icing sugar, sour cream, yoghurt and the grated zest of the lemons. Mix the squeezed juice of the lemons with the gelatin and heat over a low heat.

Remove from the heat, mix with a few tablespoons of cream, then pour the whole mixture back into the rest of the cream and mix well. Smooth over the top of the biscuit base and return to the fridge for two to three hours. Decorate the top with lemon wedges.

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