Lemon & violet drizzle cake

Lemon & violet drizzle cake

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Prep: 20 mins - 25 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes 15 squares
A simple and sweet all-in-one cake - ideal for Mothering Sunday

Nutrition and extra info

  • Keeps for a week wrapped in foil and freezes well.

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal175
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.3g
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For the cake and decoration

  • 100g softened butter
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tbsp milk



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  • finely grated rind of 1 large lemon



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For the icing

  • juice of 1 large lemon (you need 3 tablespoons)



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • mimosa balls and crystallised violets, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C. Butter and line the base of a shallow oblong tin (about 18x28cm/7x11in) with baking parchment. Tip all the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture drops easily off the spoon.

  2. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden and firm to the touch. Meanwhile, make the icing: beat together the lemon juice and sugar, pour the mixture evenly over the cake while it is still hot, then leave to cool.

  3. Cut the cake into 15 squares. Top each one with a crystallised violet and mimosa ball.

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Comments (39)

mrssippy's picture

made the mistake of taking this into work now I have to make it every week a real winner with friends family and work mates and so quick and easy to make

Alex J Murphy's picture

Just made this so nice, had it with hot custard party pleaser for sure thanks bbcgoodfood you rock

traveller2010's picture

I have just made 2 of these to sell for Sport Relief at work tomorrow.

I cooked one to see how it turned out and have just made the second one. The first one was lovely, but not as squishy and moist as I wanted- not dry though.

The second one I stabbed all over with a skewer when cooked and I melted the sugar with the lemon juice for the topping so when I poured it over its sank into the cake. I'm going to out a bit of icing on this one too :)

Oh and I found 27 mins perfect in my fan oven at 160 degrees

honeyshine74's picture

This is a very easy recipe to do. I am wheat intolerant so I used gluten free flour and added lemon juice to the mixture to make the cake really moist. It turned out beautifully and absolutely delicious. A triumph for those of us who are gluten and wheat intolerant and others wouldn't know the difference either.

snoble's picture

WARNING this tray bake is extremely more-ish!
Didn't have the trimmings but simple quick and delicious. I'm sure it could last a week in a tin if you can stop eating it!

charlottebeckett's picture

this cake is one of our family favourites. we like it to be especially lemony so I put in one and a half lemon rinds into the cake and also do one and half lemons for juicing and 150g sugar. its wonderful, there is no need for the flowers etc.

tweetybird1234's picture

nice cake- light, moist etc but I would of liked the flavour to come through more as all I could really taste was sugar. Think I will do an orange and cardamon version and increase the zest and substitute some of the milk for orange juice

tweetybird1234's picture

Very nice cake- light, moist etc but I would of liked the flavour to come through more as all I could really taste was sugar. Think I will do an orange and cardamon version and increase the zest and substitute some of the milk for orange juice

graceemma's picture

I made a wonderful variation of this recipe and made a lemon buttercream cake!

I simply baked two lots of this separately in a 8inch cake tin then made a lemon buttercream icing (55g butter, 1tbsp lemon juice, 2tspns lemon rind and 250g icing sugar whisked together) and put half on one then half on the other cake and sandwiched them together!

lazyjane1977's picture

I'm terrible at baking and this still turned out really nice!

m8thm0's picture

This is really easy and delicious! I made it without the violets and mimosa balls too.

cazzler's picture

Just made this and well pleased, it's delicious. So easy to make and tastes lovely. I will definitely be making this again.

rhelen's picture

So easy! Ive made this three times in one week!

rachaelcoar's picture

Love this - its an amazing light , moist cake. get loads of compliments. my boyfriend made it once and commented how easy it was (shattered the illusion that I'm good at baking!!!)

stamford's picture

I always get requests to bake this again and again - Love it!

wellfired's picture

Fantastic. A nice light cake. This will become one of my "classics".

hilbree's picture

I love this cake, so light and fluffy. It's so easy to make and goes down a treat.

friendt's picture

I usually baked one big batch using my roasting tin multiply the ingredients by 3. I would often subsitute milk with butter milk. For icing I usually used juice of 3 lemons with icing sugar and pour the lots to the warm cake and let it cool completely before I cut. This cake is very popular at my work place and it usually gone within the first hour.

janeysmith's picture

This cake is so easy to make and is lovely and moist.
I made this in a loaf tin and cooked for approx 50 - 60 mins on Gas Mark 4.
Go on make it..........you won't be dissappointed.

lemonjellly's picture

Moist, light and lemony, increased zest and juice measurements to one and half lemons. Hard pushed not to eat it in one sitting!


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little chef's picture

I didn't have crystalised violets, so I used fresh garden rose petals which worked beautifully.

miyareddy's picture

I did not have any lemons so used zest and juice of 2 large limes.I also baked it in a loaf tin at 160C fan oven for 50 mins (covered with foil for last 10 mins to stop the top from burning).
Really easy recipe which turned out great!

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