Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level



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



  • 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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  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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hazelmcn's picture

Amazing recipie, was delighted how it turned out. I used an extra lemon for the rind and used the juice of two lemons and found the flavour perfect. Some people complained that the topping was not crisp - I poured the mixture on when the loaf was just out of the oven and it crispped up beautifully, not sure if this was the reason but might be worth a try?

brewergirl1961's picture

Glad I read comments below, cooked an extra 10 minutes and used 2 lemons for zest and drizzle for extra flavour. It was moist and morish. made numorous times

alexmarch's picture

It's sooooo delicious

chezgigg78's picture

Made this for the The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning yesterday and it went down a treat, also so did the Utimate Chocolate cake, both were very easy to make and a firm favourite with everyone

zzze's picture

I absolutely adore this recipe and keep making it. I've tried another and it was rubbish. Got one with half ingredients in now as a very late indulgence.

pipsipops's picture

Love this recipe! I made a couple of these cakes for a charity coffee morning and it went down a real treat! The cake is moist and is full of lemon flavour. A really yummy and easy to make cake :)

anne kelly's picture

I have made this about a 1/2 dozen times in work and it always goes down a treat with our clients so much so they have asked me for the recipe

merlinoni4's picture

I have made this three times now at the request of my family, and it's a really great recipe. The crispy top is really yummy, and I would definitely recommend it! :)

CG1951's picture

This cake turned out superb moist and not too sweet. Made it for a coffee afternoon in a retirement complex and it went down faster than I could cut it.
Just making another one for family.

sandy68's picture
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I have made the lemon drizzle cake 3 times now and it has been great . I have chosen to use a dairy free margarine as my husband is lactose intolerant and it has been delicious. Really recommend this recipe, so easy to make.

moonfan's picture

Made this cake but the drizzle didn't look like the picture. It didn't form that crusty sugary coating. Don't know where I went wrong there. Apart from that, cake was fab.

zzze's picture

It did for me the first time but not the rest. No idea what I'm doing differently!

emilypovey91's picture

My topping wasnt crispy either!!

najmahopwood's picture

Wish I'd looked better at the oven temps. I have a fan oven and as the recipe says I put it on 180c then after 30 mins I checked and it was almost burned on top! That was when I realised that there appears to have been a mistake and the fan oven temp should be 160 ordinary ovens 180!

blissr's picture
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I used two lemons and put it in the oven for an hour and it came out beautifully. Would definitely make this again!

blissr's picture
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A delicious cake but I used two lemons to make it taste even more lemony. It needed an hour in the oven and came out beautifully.

deborahfoster1's picture
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Loved this cake, made it for some work colleagues and they were really impressed.

woblybot71's picture

Made it with 2 whole lemons was light and zingy yummmyyyy. Will become a favorite x

missjcaley's picture
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This cake was awesome, but needed extra lemon to add zing, and took far longer than stated to bake, can't remember exactly how long now unfortunately.

Rob Johnson's picture

I love this recipe but use two full lemons and a little extra lemon juice to make it really lemony