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MasterChef Rose Adam's Lemon Berry Cake Recipe

MasterChef's Rose Shares the Recipe For the Most Popular Cake at Her Cafe in Adelaide

We've asked the eliminated contestants from MasterChef: Back to Win to share with us the dish that made them fall in love with cooking — because even world-class chefs had to start somewhere. And we've all got plenty of time — and the reality TV inspiration — to put our culinary skills to the test.

Rose Adam has shared the recipe for the most popular cake at her Adelaide cafe, The Middle Store, a lemon berry cake.

"I could make four slabs of this and I would sell four slabs a day," she says. "I actually make it for people for their birthday cake. People will say, 'Can you make me a slab of that cake for my birthday cake?' I'm like, 'It's just a bar cake, it's not very pretty.' 'We don't care, we want it.'

"I just love that it means so much to my locals — they love it so much — so I just want to share this with people. It is such a humble and simple cake, but it's just really representative of who we are as a business and who I am as a cook. Just really simple, fresh, delicious, and really heartwarming, comforting food."

Lemon Berry Cake

Rose Adam


You can change the flavours up — you don't have to use berries, you can try other fruit if you wanted.

MasterChef Rose Adam's Lemon Berry Cake Recipe


  1. For the cake:
    3 eggs
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    2 cups Greek yoghurt
    Zest and juice of 2 lemons
    2¼ cups self-raising flour
    1 cup caster sugar
    2 cups frozen mixed berries
  1. For the icing:
    1 cup icing sugar
    2-3 tsp milk (you may need more)
    ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Combine eggs, vegetable oil, lemon juice and Greek yoghurt together and mix until well combined.
  3. Add in self-raising flour, caster sugar and lemon zest and mix until well combined.
  4. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and pour batter into tin.
  5. Place berries on top of batter.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, checking halfway through.
  7. Once a skewer comes out clean then allow to chill on a cooling rack.
  8. To make the glaze, combine all ingredients together.
  9. Pour glaze over the top of the cake and allow to set in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
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