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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wendylorraine's picture

I have just seen the recipe as not been on the site for a while. I will definite be giving it a go tonight. Watch this space!!

finland's picture

The perfect lemon drizzle cake... Exactly the same recipe as my Mum gave me about 30 years ago!! Now and then I swop the lemon juice for fresh cranberry or black cherry juice. Kids love the pink tinge it gives the cake.

sandien's picture
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made this cake yesterday to take to work it did not last five minuets it was really nice everyone loved it.

baljinderkd's picture
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This was a great cake! I've baked many cakes but this one topped them all, it had the correct moisture even my husband was suprised. I took it into work and everybody loved it, thank you for the recipe!

videostar's picture

I can imagine this is a nice cake, but let's face it - it's a very standard cake and pretty much the basis for many cakes out there (equal amounts of flour, butter, sugar + eggs). So, how is this a 'classic' by Tana Ramsay? Did she invent cake?

viktory's picture
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Commented earlier, forgot to rate it.

nixkitz's picture
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Very lemon-y but was a bit dry in my opinion (maybe a cake that gets better over a few days?!) and my icing drizzle didn't look as spectacular as the one in the photo.

jaspermolly's picture
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This cake was really easy to make although i did use half butter and half margarine it came out lovely, i made it in a round cake tin too. Surprised even my husband loved it will definately make more.

jeryeo's picture

This was easy and fantastic! Best cake I've made yet!

ericax's picture
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gawjus! very yummy lemon cake-moist and light. found that the sugar topping didnt harden as well as i think it shouldve and so wasnt as crunchy as it shouldve been-not sure what i did wrong but still tasted lush.

wendymurphy's picture
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It was lovely and my work colleagues loved it. We had it warmed for a minute in the microwave and next time i make it im going to drizzle it with custard!! Lovely warming food for a cold night.

adinuffalready's picture
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This cake is a real winner!
Made it for the guys at work and they
demolished it in seconds.
Real easy to make....what are you waiting for?

isabel22's picture

Like other people I added the zest of another lemon, the cake was lovely and has become a pack lunch box must.

berniej's picture

Very easy very good recipie 10 out of 10

h_mc_daid's picture

This was my first time baking this cake, it was easy and it went down a treat with my guests. everyone asked for the recipe

viktory's picture
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Fabulous cake. Easy to male and even easier to eat! I had to cook it for longer than the time specified - it got an extra 10 minutes in the oven.

Will definitely make this again.

vickipageuk's picture

I didn't get the sugary, crispy top either - any suggestions???

hirstke's picture
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I loved this recipe and so did my family. In fact it was so good, I made it twice in one week! Lovely moist and zingy. I'm new to site and would like to save to my binder but can't work out how to do it?! Anyone pls?

sarahjo108's picture
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This was delicious! thoroughly enjoyed by all. I will be making this again for Christmas, and it keeps really well. Lovely and lemony.

kellybee77's picture
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Lovely cake - very easy and tastes great - used 2 lemons as suggested above

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