Lemon Cakes for Sansa Stark

Easy Lemon Cakes

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Cakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Cake


These lemon cakes are dainty, moist, and perfect for a tea party. Inspired by Sansa Stark of Game of Thrones, these cakes won’t disappoint a highborn lady or a commoner!


*Candied Lemons

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 lemons, sliced thinly

*Lemon Cake

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP lemon zest
  • 3 TBSPĀ lemon juice
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs

*Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray the wells and tops of a 12-hole muffin pan well with baking spray.

*To Make the Candied Lemons

  • Slice the lemons as thinly as you can.
  • In a large bottomed pot (it doesn’t need to be deep, but it does need to be wide), combine the sugar and water.
  • Simmer gently to combine, and then gently place the lemon slices in a single layer into the pot.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to drain on a piece of parchment paper until ready.

*Lemon Cakes

  • Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder until just combined.
  • Add in the buttermilk and mix until combined.
  • Place one candied lemon slice into the bottom of each well, making sure it fits well.
  • Place a little less than 1/4 cup of batter on the top of each lemon slice.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until just starting to turn golden and the batter is firm.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • When warm (not hot and not completely cool, but still warm to the touch), carefully run a knife along the edge of each of the cakes and gently remove. Place upside down with the lemon slice on top.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon juice and sugar for the glaze. Carefully drizzle over the top of each of the cakes.
  • Enjoy!