Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


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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  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 egg



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  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



    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



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

  • 85g caster sugar


  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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Comments (1758)

Rosina M's picture

What size tin did you use and would I cook for same length of time.

suelang10's picture

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...... The heaviest cake I've ever made, not good. Back to Mary Berry next time.

Keiichiban's picture

Super tasty

Terri10's picture

I have made this so many times now and it always turns out fab. I normally have to cook it an extra 10 mins but am often asked for to make it again.

jayred1's picture

i have made this a few times now and i am always happy how it turns out.

it is also good to make this recipe as cup cakes but i would recomend halfing it for the cup cakes as it makes a lot.

wellerj's picture

At last I've made a lemon drizzle cake that hasn't sunk in the middle !! I kept trying Mary Berrys recipe but after 4 attempts I decided it was time to try a different one. I used a 2lb loaf tin because that's all I had and it was perfect. I had my Fan oven at 170 by mistake so it did only take about 45 mins. and I covered it in foil for the last 10 mins. Think I will try granulated sugar or Icing sugar for the topping next time as mine all soaked in so didn't look like the photo but still tasted fantastic. Im now a Tana Ramsay convert sorry Mary B.

Lowri Thomas's picture

I made this cake this afternoon and it is absolutely perfect! Lemon drizzle is my all time favourite cake but I've never made one before today. I did use a larger tin than the one suggested - mine is 18 x 23 inch and seems to be ideal for the amount of mixture. The cake took an hour to cook. The sponge is deliciously light and airy and the balance of lemon/sugar is just right for my taste. It won't last longer than 24 hours in this house and I will be making another ASAP!

zobo77's picture

I used up all my flour and sugar, but it was worth it! I had to use icing sugar instead of granulated for the drizzle, but it was still very nice!

fiestapower05's picture

Made this cake today for the wife and it was gorgeous absolutely spot on. Got to make another one next week now lol
Dave R. Bolton.

home bakes's picture

I've used this recipe many times and would fully recommend it!
I mix it by hand with a wooden spoon and it does exactly as the recipe says. The only change I make is in the topping. I use the juice of two lemons and add icing sugar instead of caster and reserve some to make into a thicker icing for the top. My family love it!

Star baker's picture

this is my second time ans it's in the oven! I made it last year and it was YUMMY! This one is for a party! I would recommend it.

lem0ndrizzle's picture

Baked this today but replaced lemons with 3 small Kabosu fruits (a little like lime). Grated zest of 2 Kabosu and used juice of 3. Used 28 cm x 11 cm tin, and icing sugar for the drizzle (and heated like a syrup). The cake is delicious, moist, not too sweet... the size of the tin was perfect.

beverly_road's picture

Dreadful. It's probably an okay recipe, but as others have said the size of the tins recommended is completely wrong. Will be spending the rest of the day scraping burnt cake mixture from the bottom of my oven. And what a waste of mixture. Thanks for nothing.

heidiwoodham's picture

I used the size loaf tin stated in the recipe but I'm watching it overflow in the oven and wish id used a bigger one - perhaps it's my new Kitchenaid mixer which mixed it super light!

ChefKittyKibbles's picture

I made this last night and I'm not disappointed!
The only changes that I made were that I used lactose free butter (I'm lactose intolerant) and I added some vanilla to the batter. I made sure to pick out the largest lemon I could find for the zest and it was a smart move. Using a silicon loaf pan, the baking time was cut down to about 30 minutes.
All I can say is that the cake didn't last long at all! As soon as it cooled down, it was devoured by everyone in the family. It had a delicious strong lemon flavor that was light and refreshing. I am definitely keeping this as my go-to lemon cake recipe!

cmsullivan's picture

I've made this three times in total, and each time its turned out brilliantly (and I really am a novice in the kitchen). I've also tried replacing the lemons with limes (2 limes for every lemon), and this also made for an absolutely delicious cake.

Mad about food's picture

Just made this.It looks lovely!I can't wait to try it.It rose a lot in the oven so when I put the glaze on it rolled off.But still looks good.

asmyth664's picture

This is my go-to menon drizzle recipe and tastes delicious. Only thing to say would be I always have to add about 20 mins to the quoted timings in the loaf tin I use to make sure it cooks all the way through.

sks1994's picture

This is the BEST lemon drizzle cake recipe ever. Made it for my group at uni and everyone loved it. Had to stop myself from devouring it alone. Instructions are simple enough but the mix made loads of cake for me...may just have been using the wrong size tins but I'm not complaining!

claire_bear89's picture

This is currently still in the oven after 50 minutes, think it will take another 10 minutes more. Batter tasted great when I licked the bowl though! For all those that found they had too much mix for the tin a 2lb tin works perfectly.


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