Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

It's difficult not to demolish this classic by Tana Ramsay in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
399
protein
5g
carbs
50g
fat
21g
saturates
13g
fibre
1g
sugar
33g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons
  • 85g caster sugar

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together 225g softened unsalted butter and 225g caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Sift in 225g flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
  2. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

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lwhite92's picture

Excellent, follow this recipe every time when baking a lemon drizzle and always turns out lovely and moist. Usually have to increase cooking time on my fan assisted oven by an extra 10 - 15 minutes at 160°
Highly recommend ☺

vickersjan's picture

This cake cooks much better using 3 large eggs not 4. Had no trouble with cooking doing this. To achieve a nice crusty sugar top use juice of two lemons to 175g granulated sugar. Mix them together and pour over cooled cake while still in tin. If cake is hot it will melt sugar and not go crusty. Hope this helps.

Sewing Bee's picture

Yes it does help, thanks. My cake was lovely but had no real crunchy topping.

snoopy1380's picture

I have made this several times now and am always complimented on it by all who taste it! I stick to the exact ingredients and it always turns out very lemony and moist. It doesn't look like the picture as I find the drizzle doesn't cristallise but that doesn't detract from it. I might try limes next time instead.

frances.jones's picture
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Made this today, took 55 mins at 160 fan. I was a bit worried re. stories of burnt edges and soggy middles but it cooked very evenly I found. I used juice of 2 lemons rather than 1.5 for the drizzle and found this worked well and the top did get a lovely sugary crust. All in all, very impressed with this recipe, it turned out just as I expected it too. Oh, and it tastes great :)

snoopy1380's picture

I have made this several times and without fail, it turns out well and is complimented by everyone who tries it. As others have said, it doesn't look like the picture as the drizzle doesn't cristallise and it takes about ten minutes longer in the oven than recipe states but it is lovely and moist and very lemony. I might try it with lime next time for a change.

helenpeers's picture

Went down very well at a cricket tea yesterday. Took 55 mins to 1 hour though in loaf tin. Covered with foil as was getting crusty on edges and still liquid in middle after 45 mins. Didn't feel there was enough 'drizzle' so made more. Sugar didn't crystallise but cake was really moist and moorish.

mellymak's picture
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The cake was absolutely delicious but it was still a bit uncooked in the middle and sagged. The drizzle also soaked right through into the cake rather than forming a layer on top, as per the pic.

Having said all that, I can't fault the flavour and will try it again.

wrightyboy's picture

This is the third time I have made this cake with no problems. Not sure if this is skill or blind luck from the comments posted! It never looks like the one on the picture mind, always splits in the middle. That said once it cools it seems to fall slightly so less pronounced.
I cook these at 160 fan and find they have needed another 10 mins (55 min to 1 hour total)
The top does seem a little dark around the edges but it's not burnt, just a nice crust.
Overall I would recommend this lemon drizzle cake as it's very moreish!!
Could be my oven temp is fairly accurate whereas others a bit out of calibration?

Mrs Chris's picture

Never had trouble with a BBC recipe before, and was wary when I saw the impossible size for a loaf tin. 8 cm x 21 cm is around 3 inches by 8 inches. Been in my oven well over an hour (always use oven thermometer so temperature is not the problem) and it is very dark on top and still liquid inside.

beth_tayler's picture

I had the same trouble with temperature and timings. At 45mins it was brown on the outside, runny in the middle. I followed the advice about covering it with foil for the last 15mins, also turned the temperature down a bit and it turned out fine. Thanks!

Millymollymoo's picture
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How can you go wrong with this yummy scrummy lemon drizzle! It's become a family favourite. Fantastic with a cup of tea!

jodietaber's picture
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Very nice lemon cake, however took just over an hour in my fan oven to cook through - had to cover in foil for final 15 mins to avoid it burning (was still quite dark but didn't affect flavour). I used all of the two lemons in this recipe, juice and rind, so it was lovely and lemony!

sulkybumblebee's picture
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I've made this cake twice in two days. Yesterdays's was absolutely fantastic, followed the temperatures and timings and it was perfect but my loaf tin was completely full and the syrup poured onto the work surface. Today I used a bigger tin and it looked brown on the top but when I inserted the skewer the cake immediately flopped in the middle. Gutted but at least the syrup isn't on the table. Strange thing baking.

goodeatin84's picture
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I am on my second attempt of the day and I really wish I'd read the reviews... The first attempt was raw in the middle and burnt on the outside, with about ten minutes until the end. For the second attempt, I lowered the oven temperature (which I have never had any trouble with before) to 170. It is still raw, although less so and is getting very dark on the outside... It has been in nearly an hour. I am very disappointed.

Jennal9's picture

Made four lemon drizzle cakes on Friday absolutely no problem, did leave my fan over up on the higher temperature as it's a bit temperamental! Tasted lovely and went down a treat!

Just Jan not Jane's picture

I'm just curious as to what a couple of items are in your recipes. What is caster sugar and dessicated coconut?? I'm from North Carolina in the US and I don't think I've ever heard those terms before. There was a flour besides self rising that one of them calls for, also. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

cookingcaz's picture

Hi Jan. Caster sugar is like your superfine sugar, not powdered sugar. It is a finer crystal than regular sugar. Dessiccated coconut I have never seen in the USA but you could whizz some shredded coconut in a processor but our dessicated coconut is not sweetened. Your all purpose flour would be fine for this recipe. We have 2 types of flour for baking in the UK. If a recipe says plain flour you must use a raising agent like baking powder. Hope that helps!

misslinakaro's picture
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The recipe seems to be a little hit and miss (didn't work the first time but worked afterwards) so I found it works but the butter has to be fridge cold... Which then makes it difficult to work with so soften it before by putting in a plastic bag/cling film and bashing with a rolling pin until soft! I also had to bake it for longer than the stated time.

Katiegeorga's picture

Absolutely fab recipe! I used 2 round cake cases instead of a loaf tin and it worked fine. I also made a lemon buttercream for the middle and lemon icing for the top (using icing sugar, lemon and water) with some grated lemon on top! Great recipe! Perfect for my brothers birthday cake! Thankyou!

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