Lemon and California Prune Celebration Cake

This Lemon and California Prune Celebration Cake is ideal for a celebration like the King’s Coronation! It has the added bonus of being reduced in sugar due to the California Prunes. These also provide great natural sweetness, which is perfect for making healthier cakes without compromising on taste.

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 540g Margarine
  • 270g Caster Sugar
  • 270g California Prunes
  • 540g Self Raising Flour
  • 9 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 2 lemons
  • 200g Chopped California Prunes
  • Icing
  • 450g Icing sugar
  • 200g Butter or margarine
  • 4 tbsp Lemon curd
  • 12 California Prunes


1. Beat the margarine and sugar together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure fully mixed in between adding each egg.
3. Sieve in the flour and add the chopped California Prunes.
4. Fold the mixture together and divide between 3 8”/20cm tined.
5. Bake the cakes in a pre-heated oven 170°C for 20 minutes or until baked and golden.
6. When the cakes are ready, remove from the oven and leave to fully cool.
7. To make the icing whisk together the icing sugar, lemon curd and butter until light and fluffy.
8. To ice the cake, layer up the cakes with icing in between each layer, then ice the outside of the cake.
9.Decorate the top of the cake with the remaining 12 California Prunes.
10.Leave the cake to set before serving.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.