Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1450 ratings)

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



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

  • 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 (1757)

trapsy's picture

Always goes down a treat at work!

barnabybabe's picture

Lovely, sweet, moist cake. Yummy! I used the zest of two lemons after reading others comments. Also added some chopped fresh mango. Calorific, but worth it for an occasional treat.

jenni_barnes's picture

YUM!!!! needed a tad more lemon though.

catherinedoherty's picture

beautiful cake. I too used to 2 lemons on the suggestion of others and it turned out perfect

gren_d's picture

Superb simple recipe.

Make sure your drizzle is really thick so it doesn't just run off.

I was feeling decadent so made mine as 2 layers and filled the middle with a layer of lemon curd, and then a layer made with some marscapone beaten with a bit of whipping cream some sugar and lemon juice. (not sure of the proportions I just bodged it til the consistency/taste was right :) )

vclinde's picture

Wonderful recipe. After reading reviews I used two lemons and that worked really well. Also added a teaspoon of vanilla when adding the eggs to counter the extra zest.

peepeeplus3's picture

A firm family fave

curlywurlykiki's picture

Best cake ever

smileyk's picture

Loaf size tin is 8 x 21cm. What? How can is be 8cm by 21cm? 8cm is tiny! I used a normal 21cm long tin (can't remember what the width is) and my cake is a lot deeper than the one shown - which is probably why it takes around an hour to cook!

Very nice though.

waxybees's picture

This is delicious and easy to make. I don't usually make cakes as they don't always tend to go to plan but this was fantastic

janice88's picture

Forgot to rate.

janice88's picture

Agree with Juju, all the better with more lemon for the drizzle. A wonderful cake, certainly worthy of its high number of recommendations. I tried it with oranges instead for a change - works great too, though of course not sharp.

juju061279's picture

Sorry forgot to rate the recipe!

juju061279's picture

As the comments were all so good, I thought I would try this cake. It turned out a success every time (I have now made it three times for different sets of friends)! It tastes better, more zingy, with the juice of 2 lemons at least in the drizzle, in fact for me 2 and a half was the best! It also made the cake very lovely and moist.

mrshollands's picture

Fantastically easy and fantastically yummy!

manbatan's picture

This was so easy to make, but it was also lovely. I have treated friends and family to this recipe. Excellent!

sarahshiels's picture

This cake was very moist did take longer in the oven though about another 10 mins definitely recommend trying it!

eenaweena's picture

This is a winner every time - and so simple!

lex1000's picture

Not normally a cake fan, but this one is a bit special.

midgeholeberyl's picture

Easy and delicious. Used 2 lemons, i.e., zest for the cake and the juice for the drizzle. Wonderful. Served it to my husband and two friends; all disappeared - an instant success.


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