Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1461 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



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  • 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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12th Jan, 2012
Use it all the time for little parties- they always get gobbled up!
7th Jan, 2012
this recipie is fantastic easy tasty, highly recommended for afternoon tea. My 10 year old made this with minimum help and got great results
5th Jan, 2012
My first cake! Awesome, very happy with the recipe and so too were my friends...
3rd Jan, 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe, so quick and easy. Love the lemony flavour and the crisp topping is just genius!
2nd Jan, 2012
Easiest and tastiest cake I've ever made!
28th Dec, 2011
Easy to make-quite sweet so will reduce sugar next time & used 2 lemons which was perfect flavour
24th Dec, 2011
This is the best Lemon Drizzle ever.
20th Dec, 2011
This cake is so lovely I've made it twice now and my guests loved it both times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and the second time I used half a lemon juice more than prescribed. I enjoyed both even thought I'm not a huge cake fan. Lovely, thanks for sharing!
17th Dec, 2011
wow i tried this cake for ma friends birthday and she loved it !!:)
14th Dec, 2011
This was a great cake, easy to make and amazing to taste. I had to make extra icing but apart from that the cake was fantastic... really moist.


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