Lemon & violet drizzle cake

Lemon & violet drizzle cake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(30 ratings)

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
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


For the cake and decoration

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

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

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



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • finely grated rind of 1 large lemon



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

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

Compare prices

Want to see what this recipe costs at different supermarkets? Compare in one place here:


  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.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (39)

pillet's picture

this recipe is so light & tasty!!

babybarbarella's picture

Bonewhite- you can't really compare calories directly as it depends on portion size. The portions for this cake are quite small in comparison to a big wedge of cake which would obviosly have more cals! This cake is a bit lowere on cal and fat content as it doesn't have any buttercream. But, most importantly, it's only gorgeous!!!

bonewhite's picture

General question relating to this website. Are the kcals per serving under all the cake recipes here based on a standard serving? Can I compare kcal/serving across different cake recipes on this site?

ten10ten's picture

i use this recipe to make a round lemon cake and leave out the decorations, it is a great hit with the family and one that is reuested often,

redsnailsaswinging's picture

this cakes a winner. fluffy little beauty!!

helenkeenan's picture

Brilliantly easy and delicious recipe. Substitute some of the milk for lemon juice to make it even lemonier and 'tangyier'.

loustar14's picture

I didn't use the mimosa balls or violets but this was a really yummy and very easy cake that everybody enjoys! Definately be making it again

tracycarmichael's picture

Really Simple recipe and so tasty!!

berryt's picture

have made this so many times - always turns out brilliantly

stylish's picture

easy to make .. I'll try to make it Now .. :) thank you

hia06av's picture

brill, easy to make at uni in a kitchen with limited equipment! Boosts popularity with fellow housemates!

louisehowe's picture

I make this all the time. Never fails.

ginapackwood's picture

This was easy to make with great results

kookgodin28's picture

So easy to make and so yummy, even the kids loved it.

pde456's picture

made this lots of times but without the violets and mimosa balls, works perfect everytime and tastes really moist and lemony.

lorraine3's picture

Where can I purchase the mimosa balls?

rebecca1july's picture

A great recipe great for the children's lunchbox.

muffinmum's picture

fab recipe,works every time,so quick and easy

yay_tar's picture

So nice, very light and moist. A hit in the office.


Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (2)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.


Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.


Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.


See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at

Good Food Apps

Download the BBC Good Food Recipes, tips & cooking tools app and get good food on the go.