Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

kcalories
399
protein
5g
carbs
50g
fat
21g
saturates
13g
fibre
1g
sugar
33g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 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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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

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bahrain01's picture
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I have to say I read the comments left for this recipe and thought I would give it a try, it didn't disappoint. I do however agree with perhaps adding more lemon if you like it truly zingy and zesty. My husband and I loved it, suffice to say it disappeared within days.

hamishmum's picture
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Absolutely delicious - i also used 2 lemons & the cake was a big hit with everyone. I froze it & it was just as good.

beverley3379's picture
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Lovely cake, everyone enjoyed it and many compliments given. I found it just right with one lemon, but it was quite a large one.

simonew's picture
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Really easy and delicious! My children loved it.

laineyjo's picture

I make this cake often for my coffee mornings and everyone loves its lemony moist flavour... there is never any left!

abcynthiachaser's picture
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I absolutely LOVE this cake. I made it for a friend's brithday a few months ago and it was devoured very quickly, so I made it again yesterday but added more ingredients (one more egg, 300g sugar, stuff like that) and it was huge!! There is still only a quater left though, I shared it amongst my flat mates and they reckon if I don't pass Uni I should open a bakery.
I certainly recommend this recipe!!!!

nbenki's picture

I added more lemon zest and more drizzle the second time i made the cake. absolutely delicious.

zoejames's picture
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Made this cake this afternoon and it was brilliant. Very easy to make and really tasty. I was worried that it would curdle when adding the eggs, but it was all fine, a really moist cake, enjoyed by everyone!

oligrace's picture

i made this for some french friends and they loved it which is really saying something!

littlemisslucky's picture
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Tasted yummy, although a bit confused about size of tin and timings for this recipe.

ericaborg's picture

This recipe is fantastic ... only i tried it a 2nd time and added a teaspoon of baking powder. It made the cake rise nicer than without .

bluekooga's picture
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The easiest cake I have ever made as well as one of the most delicious......my wife and daughters cant get enough of them !

lizfinch's picture
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Made it - using 2 lemons as suggested in loads of the comments! It was delicious and a big success with the family! Just a query though - any other lemon drizzle cake I've ever heard of uses icing sugar for the drizzle topping and this recipe states caster sugar has anyone made it with both or with icing sugar? I followed the recipe and like many others found that it didn't look a bit like the picture - think I might try again with icing sugar and see what happens!

gemprimmer's picture
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My 8 yr old daughter wanted to make this as lemon drizzle her favourite. She enjoyed baking this tasty cake, the recipe being easy to follow but I'm sure she enjoyed eating it more! It came out great.

kinana's picture
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It was beautiful, didn't quite look like the photo and needed around 60 minutes in the oven, but it tasted fantastic. I'll be sure to make it again.

emmahare's picture
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Really lovely - I didn't have lemons in so used Lime instead. Very moist and tasty. Yum

biwanjiru's picture
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fantastic cake, i added more lemon. i made again but with limes and it was fantastic

marieelizabeth's picture

my 5 yr old and i have just made this really nice ,easy not too sweet will make it again may add more lemon next time definatly one to recomend!!

vanessa3338's picture
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Delicious. Read the other reviews & also decided to add extra lemon which was just right for my taste. Not sure if it was my oven but took an extra 15 mins than recommended to cook. When it came to pouring over the sugar & juice mixture I only used half as felt there was far too much & it would swamp the cake - HOWEVER with hindsight I think the cake can more than take it & will def use full amount next time. And there definately will be a next time. Lovely.

saffie's picture
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really nice ,but added more lemon juice to the cake,and another lemon and the zest to the drizzele ,it went down very well !!!

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