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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sophie_h_88's picture

I've made this a few times, always goes down well with the kids.
I love lemon cake so I always add a little more lemon juice to make it slightly more moist.

Nat36's picture

A very good, simple recipe! Tastes delicious, however, I tweaked it a little bit. To the cake mixture I added half a lemon and zest from 2 lemons and 250g flour (I used all-purpose and added 2 tsp baking powder). To the icing, I used icing sugar and juice from 2 lemons. Everything else was perfect!

charlo12311's picture

I have made this cake today and followed the recipe exactly. It seems to have gone really well! The cake has risen nicely, it took exactly 45 mins for it to be cooked.. I've had no problems with cooking it. It's still cooling at the moment and I won't be tasting it until tomorrow so I can't say whether it isn't lemony enough as other people have said.

catherinesheppard's picture

How can you get Lemon Drizzle so wrong. Not enough Lemon flavour, took 20 minutes more to cook than stated, too much ingredients you could reduce by a third.il not do this recipe again.

vercook's picture

Yes this cake is excellent. I've tried many recipes and some just instantly get raving reviews. This one is one of them and also it's very simple to make thereofore this is a great recipe. I agree with the others that it's better to increase the zest to 2 lemons and bake a bit more.

melvina's picture

I've made this cake 5 times now, but have had to tweak it a bit. To make the drizzle I use icing sugar and add lemon juice until runny enough to run down the sides of the cake but not too runny. I found using icing sugar gives the crisp shell, whereas the caster sugar just made it soggy. I also put the rind of 2-3 lemons in the cake mix to give that extra zing, I found using only 1 did not make the cake lemony enough, oh and I added a juice of 1 lemon as well. I set the temp of my oven to 160-170 and bake for 55-60mins (when a skewer comes out clean) as at 180 the top burnt but the inside still needed longer. Overall a very yummy cake (once tweaked)

ajw1967's picture

Love it. As with most things in life, the simpler the better. Very easy to make, very easy to eat it all!

hairywalker's picture

Very moist cake. Would even go as far as to say "soggy". Cake sank dramatically when removed from the oven. Would try a larger tin next time or leave in oven for much longer - but how long?

alicecoppard's picture
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Easy peasy to make! Went down a treat with everyone and I was asked to make an even bigger one the next time!

LisaJayneKelleher's picture

Really easy yummy recipe! Added extra lemon for extra zing!

roosty's picture

lovely recipe will be keeping this one everyone loved it :-)....

ge0jane's picture

Really lovely, tasty recipe, although the drizzle wasn't as opaque as the picture. My friend who tends to be a picky eater asked for the recipe.

Tania12345's picture

Easy to make, but mine also took much longer to cook and was not lemony enough. Will try adding lemon juice to cake mixture as others have suggested.

splodgy107's picture

Ive made this cake countless times and it has always been absolutely fantastic, but ive recently moved to australia and ive made it 5 times, and each time the middle has sunk terribly. Im doing nothing different, why is this happening?

millimoomoo's picture

Easy to make and very tasty. It's my go to cake if I need to knock one up quickly for something.

tibetanterrergirl's picture

Well I have been baking for a while now and I have baked many lemon drizzle cakes before. There was a two things I found wrong about this recipe, 1.) not lemony enough and 2.) DID NOT BAKE AT ALL! I put it in the oven for well over 70 mins and it still did not bake even though I did the recipe right and the oven temp was right and it was STILL not baked in the middle!! It was still delicious in the bits that wasn't underbaked!! That is why it give it 3 stars!!!! :) :(

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Meringue Girl's picture

I have made this Lemon Drizzle several times times and it gets a 5* for simplicity & flavour. The only adjustment I have made is that I add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to the mixture (by error but works very well) - gives lovely lemon tang but not overbearing. I cook at 150C in a fan oven (rather than 160C & slightly longer). Family & friends favourite.

Madnez00's picture

Just made this cake-delicious and so easy to make!! For me the lemon, sweetness and cooking time were perfect!

treetophouse's picture

This is a nice cake - it's moist and light. But as other reviewers have stated, not lemony enough and takes much longer to bake than the recipe states,