Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1470 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal399
  • fat21g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 85g caster sugar

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.

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zchatc8
10th Sep, 2016
agree with previous comments that it needs to be baked for much longer than suggested - took 1 hour 5 mins in a fan oven at 160, otherwise middle of the cake isnt cooked
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amdramqueen133
4th Sep, 2016
This is gorgeous! My nephew came back for a second slice.
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suses22
27th Aug, 2016
Great recipe, made this cake numerous times now and always turns out perfectly, and most importantly the OH loves it!
acjacobs
26th Aug, 2016
5.05
Made this a few times now and it's always turned out perfectly. Agree with others though: 2 lemons!
damdoum
22nd Aug, 2016
5.05
I can't count the times I've made this, and it's always, always a hit! easy to make and light and yummy!
allielovetocook
12th Aug, 2016
5.05
Absolutely scrumptious cake! Used a 2lb loaf tin, which was the perfect size. Also used the zest of two lemons (they were medium-sized) in the cake and their juice in the drizzle. Mixed the sugar / juice together right at the last minute before drenching the cake with it, then added a light sprinkle of extra sugar on the top and it made a lovely crisp, sweet layer. I have made this cake before using butter, but this time I tried using Stork with butter and have to say the end result is a lighter cake with a better lemon flavour than when I used butter alone. Will be using the Stork option again, for sure.
Loobyk11
24th Jul, 2016
Lovely cake but make sure you use a bigger loaf tin than the 8 X 21!! Much too small... Cake batter all over my oven!
rampervm
12th Jul, 2016
5.05
Made this cake about six times, delicious cake, such an easy recipe
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suses22
30th Jun, 2016
Fabulous moist cake, so easy to make, and the other half and the neighbours love it
pippa154
12th Jun, 2016
3.8
I'm about to make this for the second time. First time it turned out great although I'm not a fan of so much sugar on the top, think I'll just make the holes, squeeze lemon over and sprinkle with a little sugar, instead of mixing and pouring.

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Nightbaker
11th Nov, 2014
Make sure you whisk the butter/marg, sugar and eggs well. Don't forget to sift in the self raising flour before folding in to the mix. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45min at 160 fan. Check with skewer in the middle of the cake at 40min. If it sticks it aint ready. As soon as it doesn't stick it's ready.
angie120
9th Jul, 2014
Add I bit of cornflour to the lemon and sugar. This will thicken it
claramac3009
8th Jun, 2014
Great cake to make though my drizzle doesn't 'frost' like the picture shows. Anyone know why?
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goodfoodteam
12th Jun, 2014
The drizzle should frost, make sure you are using the correct sugar, and ice the cake when it is still warm but not too hot, thanks.
claramac3009
13th Jun, 2014
Ahhhh - may be its because its too hot when I ice it. Will try later. Thanks!
C Glasgow
23rd May, 2014
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I made the mixture in my Kitchen Aid. The cake turned out darker on the outside than the picture and split at the top - is my oven too hot? I used a silicone loaf tin - would this affect the result? I applied the drizzle but the result was a pretty wet dense madeira type cake. It's in the bin...
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goodfoodteam
2nd Jun, 2014
Hi Claire. It does sound like your oven may be a little too hot, check the temperature with an oven thermometer and take a look at our cake tips here for more details: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-cake-top-10-problems-fixed Thanks.
colleen48
10th Apr, 2014
I'm really confused - there was a totally different recipe for lemon drizzle cake that I had saved in my favourites - it had ground almonds in it. I signed it today to look through my favourites to find that my real favourite lemon drizzle cake has been replaced by this one! And the one I wanted is nowhere to be found on this site! Cany anyone tell me why this happens?
zzze
24th Sep, 2013
How is the drizzle made and applied to form a crispy frosting?
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goodfoodteam
28th Apr, 2014
Hi there, as the drizzle cools the sugar hardens and creates a crisp, glazed topping, thanks.

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alissajrobinson
21st Nov, 2013
I baked this in a cake pan rather than a loaf tin, then double glazed it. I let the first glaze sink into the hot cake completely, then once it was cooled, I combined 3 tbsp icing sugar with the juice of 1/2 lemon and spread the icing over the top. It looked and tasted delicious - and not overly sweet like I feared it might.
hazelmcn
7th Oct, 2013
Pour lemon/sugar mixture on the loaf when it is hot - mine really crisped up that way. And as others say - add a little extra rind and juice!
zzze
20th Dec, 2013
thanks!
Ponderer
3rd Oct, 2013
Since 1 and 1/2 lemons are used for the drizzle I add the other half lemons juice to the cake mix. Both times I've cooked this it's won approval from others. Stayed moist for a few days aswell. Also took a tip from elsewhere and used demerara for the drizzle.
Purpleyoga
14th Sep, 2013
Image this with poppy seeds and 2 lemons as per comments below. Delicious
camalamaruun
14th Aug, 2013
if u put the naked lemon in the microwave for 30 second you get nearly double the amount of juice
ladynellington
9th Jul, 2013
Double the lemon rind and juice (3 lemons) and 100g sugar for topping for more fresh, lemony zing.
tashynadarling
21st Jun, 2013
Use large eggs, add extra zest (and juice of half a lemon) for an extra lemony kick!

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