Air Fryer Mr Kipling Lemon Slices

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Make your favourite Mr Kipling Lemon Slices at home in your air fryer. Using our delicious lemon cake sponge recipe along with lemon icing, you will love this easy to follow lemon slices recipe.

Plus, we also have an even better recipe using the lemon sponge leftovers.

This lemon slice cake is an updated post and was originally shared with you back in 2017.

air fryer mr kipling lemon slices recipe
Air Fryer Mr Kipling Lemon Slices Recipe

Mr Kipling Lemon Slices

I have loved Mr Kipling since I was little and there is something about the flavour and texture as you bite into Mr Kipling Lemon Slices.

And the same thing goes for the rest of the Mr Kipling product range (I am talking to you Mr Kipling Angel Slices).

Living in Portugal Mr Kipling baked goods were a lot more money than you ever paid for them in England (sometimes double the price), and I would get excited if we went to Overseas Portugal (Iceland products sold in Portugal in a British supermarket) and they had them reduced down because they were on use by date.

Me and the hubby would then eat them in the car on the way home and they never made them into our kitchen!

But rather than wait to get a special deal on them, we realised that it was really easy to make our own Mr Kipling Lemon Slices at home in the air fryer.

Today’s air fryer inspired recipe for the famous lemon slices is made at the same time as our round lemon drizzle cake and you will be amazed at how much they look like the real thing and how amazing they taste.

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Our Air Fryer Cake Baking Day

On a cold rainy Sunday in February, we made four different things. But it started off as two recipes that became four.

We made air fryer carrot cake first and then cut the top off so that we could make a layer of frosting that was flat and looked like a carrot cake bought from a café.

We also made a double batch of lemon cake that became our round lemon drizzle cake.

air fryer lemon cake

Then it got interesting because we had a second lemon cake batter, and the top of carrot cake that we had discarded.

That second batter became the Mr Kipling cake mix that then became the easiest ever Mr Kipling Lemon Cake Slices and that is what today’s recipe is all about.

But if you scroll below our lemon slices cake recipe below you will get a real surprise when we show you what to do with those leftovers.

If you want an easy cake making method for the air fryer, making these two cakes and turning them into four is just a brilliant time saver and perfect for if you want to quickly have some cakes for a party.

What Is A Mr Kipling Cake Slices?

I know that many people around the world will not have heard about Mr Kipling and wonder what a lemon slice cake is.

Well, its like a traditional lemon sponge cake, but its all about the icing. You bake our lemon cake and then once it is cool, you chop it up into cute fingers and trim off the end so that it looks rectangular.

Lemon Slice Cake

Then you pretend you have not chopped it and hold it together.

Then you add a full layer of lemon icing to the top of the cake fingers and place in the fridge to cool.

mr kipling icing first layer

This is then followed (once the white icing has set) with a drizzle of yellow icing on top.

mr kipling lemon slice

It is then placed into the fridge for cooling before you can tuck in.

A simple concept that takes a classic lemon sponge to something truly delicious and that looks amazing.

Plus, these lemon slices are perfect for parties, potlucks, picnics and so much more.

You could also do a similar method with other fruits. Such as with apple juice and green icing, strawberries and red icing, orange juice and orange icing and the list goes on and on.

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Mr Kipling Lemon Slices Ingredients

Lemon Drizzle Cake Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need to make a Mr Kipling cake mix and transform it into delicious lemon slices.

Lemons – We opted for some Tesco seedless lemons, but any lemons will do. The first time we made this yummy Mr Kipling lemon slices recipe it was made with lemons from our lemon tree.

Flour – For best results I recommend self raising flour. And for making your lemon slices the best ever, opt for a better quality flour such as bero.

Sugar – I recommend using caster sugar like you did when you learnt how to make basic cakes at school. It’s a lot sweeter than some other white sugars and this means you don’t need to use as much.

Eggs – You will need 4 large eggs to combine the ingredients and make the Mr Kipling slices with.

Butter – I have always made the best Mr Kipling cakes with butter. When I have swapped the butter for margarine it has never been as moist.

Milk – I also add a little milk at the end of the mixing. This is to make sure the lemon cake batter is really creamy and it will be a light cake.

Vanilla – Then for a little bit of extra flavour I also recommend adding some vanilla essence. It really gives your kipling lemon slices the wow factor.

Colouring – Then to get the look you will also need some yellow food colouring for when making the yellow icing layer.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this air fryer Mr Kipling lemon slices recipe it has just been our Cosori Air Fryer XL. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.

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Mr Kipling Icing

The fun part of making a Mr Kipling lemon slice is the wonderful icing that you create on top.

For this you only need three ingredients:

  • Icing Sugar (Confectioner’s sugar in the USA)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Yellow Colouring

You start with the first two ingredients and add icing sugar to a bowl and enough lemon juice until you have a thick icing.

Then you add your white layer of icing over the lemon slices.

Then whilst the icing is setting in the fridge you add a little yellow food colouring to the remaining icing.

This saves on washing up and then you don’t need to make the icing twice.

Then the remaining yellow icing is drizzled on top.

How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?

air fryer mr kipling lemon slices step by step
  • Start. Into a bowl add butter and sugar and using a hand mixer, mix the sugar into the fat until it is creamy.
  • Add. Next add in eggs, vanilla essence and lemon zest and mix again.
  • Gradually. Next add in the flour and milk and the lemon juice gradually as you mix with the hand mixer.
  • Pour. Next make sure it is of a creamy cake batter consistency and then pour into silicone baking pans.
  • Cook. Place your silicone in the air fryer and air fry for 35 minutes.
  • Beeps. When the air fryer beeps, allow to cool, and remove from the silicone. Use a bread knife to slice the lemon cake into slices and discard the end so that it no longer looks like a round cake and is instead rectangular.
  • Icing. Mix together the juice from 2 large lemons with some icing sugar. Mix with a spoon until you have a thick lemon icing.
  • Cover. Then once cool cover the top of the lemon slices with white icing and then fridge for about 30 minutes for it to set.
  • Yellow. Next add a little yellow food colouring to the remaining white icing to give a bright yellow colour.
  • Drizzle. Finally take your lemon slices from the fridge and drizzle the yellow icing over the white. Fridge for another hour before serving.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to lemon drizzle cake and lemon drizzle icing and how the help of the hand mixer and the air fryer can change the way you bake.

What To Do With Cake Leftovers

As I mentioned above, I do have a great use for the leftovers. I took the ends that we cut off the lemon slices, the top off the carrot cake and the lemon drizzle leftovers that didn’t get eaten and chopped them up into bite size sponge chunks.

sponge cake leftovers

Then into bowls they went and we poured over a quick batch of custard.

leftover lemon sponge cake and custard

You could eat that straight away or fridge it and then reheat for 2 minutes in the microwave. Its just a lovely use of what is left and who doesn’t love sponge and custard?

Lemon Drizzle Cake Tips & Tricks

  • For more information on the air fryer cake pan we use, check out our air fryer brownies recipe. It’s the same container and perfect for avoiding loads of scrubbing of a cake pan later.
  • Use silicone. It is a game changer for the air fryer, and you will be amazed at the results. I couldn’t imagine going back to scrubbing baking pans again.
  • I recommend having a test run with the yellow icing as it is hard to get it perfect if you have not done it before. One side of our slices looked good and the other didn’t!
  • You can decrease the lemon if you don’t want your cake as lemony.

Interesting Air Fryer Trick – You can use this exact same cook time and method for many different cakes in the air fryer. We find that 170c/340f is ideal for cooking the centre of the cake and not overcooking the cake on top.

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Mr Kipling Lemon Slices

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Mr Kipling Lemon Slices
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Air Fryer Mr Kipling Lemon Slices

Make your favourite Mr Kipling Lemon Slices at home in your air fryer. Using our delicious lemon cake sponge recipe along with lemon icing, you will love this easy to follow lemon slices recipe.
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 16
Calories: 253kcal


Mr Kipling Icing

  • 4 Tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 2 Large Lemons juice only
  • Yellow Food Colouring


  • Place into a bowl the butter and the caster sugar and use a hand mixer to mix until the fats are creamy and don’t have a gritty sugar texture.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Next crack into the bowl your eggs, add your vanilla and your lemon zest and mix slowly with the hand mixer.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Then add in slowly the flour and the milk along with the lemon juice from your medium lemons. Then mix well until you have a creamy lemon cake batter.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Pour the cake batter into two silicone baking pans and then place the silicone into the air fryer.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Air fry for 15 minutes at 180c/360f, then 10 minutes at 170c/340f followed by a final 10 minutes at 160c/320f. Or until a cocktail stick comes out clean. Then remove the lemon cakes from the air fryer and allow to cool, before peeling the silicone away from the cakes.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Place the lemon cake on a chopping board and slice into fingers. I recommend slicing in half and then into 5ths. This then becomes 10 and discard the two ends as this will make your cake a rectangle. Then make sure they are close together so that it doesn’t look like you sliced it as it will make it easier for serving.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Place the icing sugar and lemon juice from the two large lemons into a small bowl and mix with a spoon until you have a creamy, thick icing.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Use a spoon to spoon on the icing and then place in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Next add a little yellow food colouring to the remaining icing in the bowl and mix well. Remove the cake from the fridge (after 30 mins) and using a spoon add a diagonal layer of yellow icing on top.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?
  • Then fridge for a final hour before serving.
    How To Make Mr Kipling Lemon Slices?


Icing. Note that icing sugar in the US is called confectioner’s sugar.
Quantity. This lemon cake batter made enough for two cakes. I made one into a round lemon drizzle cake and the second into a copycat Mr Kipling Lemon Slices. You can half the quantities and make just the lemon slices and it will make 8 or you can make 2 batches of the lemon slices and it will make 16.
Zest. When doing the rind from the lemon aim for a very small grater. There is nothing worse than huge bits of lemon zest in your lemon cake.
Thanks for reading our lemon slice cake recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious sweet treats, I recommend you try our air fryer chocolate chip cookies next.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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1 thought on “Air Fryer Mr Kipling Lemon Slices”

  1. 5 stars
    I saw the picture and just had to try these. Mine turned out light and fluffy and tasted so good. The kids loved them and will be making them again. My air fryer usage knows no bounds 🙂


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