lemon and thyme mini bundt cakes

lemon and johurt cakes with lemon and thyme icing

lemon and johurt cakes with lemon and thyme icing

When I saw this Lemon yoghurt cake on Donna Hay the other day I knew it was the precise recipe I would use to test out my new silicone mini bundt cake pans.

lemon and thyme mini bundt cakes

The best part about this recipe is the one bowl, made by hand and its super quick and easy. The flavour is delicious. The texture is moist, and it has a wonderful light crumb. I also found it lasted a good few days in a sealed container. In fact, was better the day after and the day after that.

The thyme is wonderful with the lemon glaze icing so don’t leave this out. I makes it super sophisticated and aromatic.

lemon bundt cakes

Recipe – slightly adapted from Donna Hay

lemon and thyme mini bunbdt cakes


  • ¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1T finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1 cup (280g) plain Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1¾ cups (385g) caster sugar
  • 2 cups (300g) self raising flour
  • 2 T thyme leaves
  • lemon icing
  • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar
  • 2T lemon juice
  • 1 - 3 T boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF).
  2. Mix the oil, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a large bowl using a whisk
  3. Sift the flour and mix until it is a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the batter into 12 greased moulded mini bundt cake pan / tray (or one large 24cm non-stick Bundt tin)
  5. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch (or 50–55 minutes for a large bundt)
  6. Allow the cakes to cool in hte trays, then remove and invert on a cooling rawck with a tray underneath.
  7. To make the lemon icing, mix the sugar, lemon juice and add the boiling water bit by bit until you have a smooth runy consistency.
  8. Drizzle the icing over the tops of the cakes allowing it to drip down the sides naturally
  9. Immidiately sprinkle over the thyme leaves so that they stick to the icing.
  10. Allow the icing to harden and then serve.

lemon mini bundt cake
lemon and johurt cakes with lemon and thyme icing

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14 Responses to lemon and thyme mini bundt cakes

  1. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence September 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I’ll never tire of mini cakes. They’re so cute ^_^ I’ll be posting a recipe soon for mini fig cakes! These lemon thyme ones look delicious.

  2. Becky @ DisplacedHousewife.com September 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Mini lemon bundt cakes must be in the air! I can’t get enough of them either. Happy baking. xo

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Gorgeous, love that dripping glaze!

  4. Suné Moolman September 12, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    These are beautiful! I love the lemon and thyme combination for a sweet treat.

  5. Denise | TLT September 14, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Simply gorgeous! I recently used thyme in a ricotta cake with lemon and summer fruits and that combination was so good, I just know I’m gonna love this one too. Love the styling in these pictures!

  6. Alanna September 15, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I’m in love with these little cakes! I bet the yogurt makes them extra delicious. I like Denise’s idea of using the same flavors in a ricotta cake, too – yum!

  7. Sam September 15, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks Denise. I love the earthiness of thyme for sweet things, kind of adds a whole new interesting flavour dimension.

  8. Sam September 15, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Thanks Sune

  9. Sam September 15, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Brandon #yum

  10. Beauty Follower September 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    They look so pretty!!!

  11. Broma Bakery September 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Mini things are the cuuuutest. And the tastiest, somehow.

  12. Sam September 16, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    I Agree 🙂

  13. Michele March 14, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I made this recipe for my family and it was delicious! I didn’t have mini bundt pans available, so I poured the batter into a full-size bundt cake pan and adjusted the cooking time. Everyone loved it. So lovely!

  14. Sam March 14, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Thats great Michele – thanks for letting me know 🙂

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