Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1463 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g caster sugar

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.

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zoedroberts
31st Oct, 2011
4.05
Lovely cake, but surely the drizzle should be icing sugar? Nevertheless, an enjoyable cake and a pleasure to make.
zostarrr
31st Oct, 2011
5.05
fantastic
carolinebarnes
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
This is a delicious, moist lemon cake. I have made this cake several times and it has always been a winner.
carolinebarnes
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
This is a delicious, moist lemon cake. I have made this cake several times and it has always been a winner.
carolinebarnes
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
This is a delicious, moist lemon cake. I have made this cake several times and it has always been a winner.
carolinebarnes
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
I have made this delicious moist lemon cake several times and have always been asked for the recipe. A definite winner!
sheenabennett
27th Oct, 2011
5.05
I love the flavour of this cake but can anyone tell me why mine keeps collapsing in the middle? I haven't been using exactly the same size of cake tin and as I can't get self-raising flour here in Germany I add some baking powder to ordinary flour. It rises beautifully and then collapses - looks awful but still tastes good. Could it be the tin or baking powder?
rayanne
27th Oct, 2011
5.05
Absoloutely fab! We love it. Never lasts long.
zostarrr
27th Oct, 2011
5.05
Absolutely fantastic cake. Made it for a friend's 80th tea party, went down a treat with everyone!
cathyodowd
25th Oct, 2011
4.05
Beautiful cake

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