Try this Game of Thrones recipe for Sansa’s favorite lemon cakes

Throwing a Game of Thrones finale fete this Sunday? Ascend the party-planning throne with this recipe for lemon cakes, Sansa’s King’s Landing fave, from official GoT cookbook A Feast of Ice and Fire. “They’re so iconic in the book and show,” says coauthor Chelsea Monroe-Cassel of lemon cakes. “Plus, they’re small and snackable, and you can decorate them to your taste!”


For the cake batter:

  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. table salt
  • 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1  cup unsalted butter, softened, more for pan
  • 2  tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3  large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whole milk

For the icing:

  • 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2⁄3  cup fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
  • 2⁄3  tsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • Optional: Yellow liquid food coloring and candied orange peel, pomegranate seeds, or decorative candy sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of 13×9-inch baking pan, and line with parchment paper. Grease parchment with butter, and dust with flour.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat granulated sugar and butter in a separate bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and juice just until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk in 3 batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour batter into pan, and bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 27 to 30 minutes.