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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purpleflufff's picture
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Really nice. I followed the advice and used 2 lemons. I ate a slice before the cake had even cooled completely - the lemon taste was overwhelming and the cake a little soggy which was worrying! The next day when I had a slice it was delicious, moist but not wet and lemony but not over powering. Excellent. Everyone who tried it liked it and it wasnt hard to make either. Good recipe will try with Orange next time. But will let it settle and cool before eating it!

marionsuarez's picture

excellent! but i added 2 lemons and to really have a lemon taste like, maybe 3 lemons the next time...

kathrynsharp's picture

Tonight was the night we baked the lemon drizzle cake it was fabulous. Even my dear old grandpa (aged 85) loved it.

Ryan aged 7 and a half with assistance from my Auntie K.

will101's picture

It was one of the greatest recipes I have ever had.
I put a tablespoon of oil in place of 25g of butter to make it a bit more moist.

jpickers's picture
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Loved this cake and got loads of compliments. Didn't end up with crispy sugar bit on top of cake though. Don't know why.

angfen's picture
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Good... but could taste more of lemon!!!

angfen's picture
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Good..... but does not really taste of lemon!!!

tweedletwo's picture
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great cake (and yay hundredth rating)

judithharvey's picture
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Fantastic cake. Very quick and easy to make and so moist and delicious.

mymatemilo's picture
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Easy to do,i used more lemon than suggested for a more lemony taste. I also had to bake it a bit longer too than suggested.as it was still uncooked in middle when i checked it at the time it was supposed to be ready. all in all a lovely cake enjoyed by husband!!

kate82's picture
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Loved it! So easy to do - a firm favorite!

debbiemacpherson's picture
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This is actually the best cake I have ever made... so far.
Really tasty and moist. I used the tip of adding extra lemon and it worked well.

jamescourt's picture
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I forgot the stars-a fine cake

jamescourt's picture
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Hannah and Vicky cooked the cake. They have had half a cake each to take back to share with friends. We all shared a sample slice first and decided it was well nice. Even Hannah who does not like cake much really liked it.

brownsky's picture

Such a fantastic cake, really easy to make, I used a food processor which made it really quick.
Lasts for at least four days

amandamagpie's picture
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Absolutely loved this! The recipe was quick and easy and the cake was delicious. I just added a little splash of lemon juice to the mix because I prefer the stronger flavour.

kevinkmatthews's picture
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Took this to an impromptue dinner and it was very well received. Easy peasey lemon squeezy - ooops sorry

melring's picture
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First made this for a Round Table fundraiser - quick and easy! Used juice and zest of of 2 lemons, very zingy! Now a firm favourite with my family.

sgibson's picture
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Used zest of two lemons as well and it turned out brilliantly. Will definitely be a firm favourite.

imabadpixie's picture
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Made last night. Very easy, nice and light. Used 100g of golden caster sug and the rest normal. Boyfriend had 3 slices in a row and Mum had 2 proclaiming 'It's the best cake you've ever made mMmmMm' and trust me, I've made lots of cakes!
I will be making two next time!!

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