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)



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    • 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)

    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.


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