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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janie_lou's picture

Served warm chunks of this cake with vanilla ice cream which went down a storm!

sussexgirl's picture
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A wonderfully moist cake that was a hit with my guests at the weekend. In fact there wasn't any left.

kbowskill's picture
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Very yummy. Used two lemons and left in the oven a bit longer, as suggested by some comments. My topping was completed absorbed by the cake though, so might try icing sugar next time.

deborahfdavis's picture

so simple to do and soooo tasty - my guests loved it!

kate1edwards's picture

Really nice recipe although I think the drizzle may have been too moist as it failed to set properly. It was still delicious though, and I just didn't tell anyone how it was really supposed to look! :)

marijkedegroot's picture

Made it for my sons 2nd birthday and decorated it with candles. It was gone in no time! Used two lemons for the drizzle, everybody loved it. I did not tell them I hardly bake...

emmalouisejohnston's picture
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Made this for all my work collegues and it lasted till first break before it was demolished!!! Nothing but crumbs left!!! I recommend using the zest & juice of 2 lemons...yummy!!!

poppetxxx's picture
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Super easy and super lovely! Also used two lemons based on all the comments. Really is worth making, so cheap and easy and very moreish!

kimkarlsen's picture

Absolutely fantastic, so simple, loved by all, its now a regular....
I agree, zest of 2 lemons in the cake works best.

jimnkatie's picture
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My favourite lemon drizzle cake recipe. Used 2 lemons for zest and drizzle and got lots of appreciative somments from friends.

booey62's picture
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Absolutely delicious, made one for friends, none left! very easy, however I did reduce sugar by 25g, and used zest of 2 lemons. Also found I had to use a slightly lower oven setting for my particular oven as it was cooking too quickly.

christineo's picture
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Lovely cake, but I wondered how the topping was made for the picture. Mine doesn't look this way using caster sugar. Perhaps I'll try icing sugar next time.

punhhussain's picture
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tasty and refreshing, especially when slurped off rubinetto

sazzlemint's picture
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definatly one of the nicest cakes ive ever made. very moist and easy to make.
Again i used the zest of 2 lemons in the cake mixture and 1 1/2 lemons for the drizzle - i was alittle worried it was going to be too sweet, however it was delecious and went down brilliantly with the familly ( even my Father in law who normal dislikes cakes!!)
10/10

dylanski's picture
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Great cake - best ever lemon cake! Put it on the table with 6 people and it disappeared in minutes. Have had lots of requests for the recipe

virginia13's picture
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Super, easy to make and very very tasty! Everyone loved it -I'm sure I'll make it again, and again.

helengilson's picture

I love cooking but I am rubbish at baking. This was my first cake and it was a success hurrah! The second time... I cooked it for a little longer and used only 1 lemon for the drizzle which made it thicker and didn't soak into the cake. If I can do it anyone can!

numpty1's picture

this is an easy cut and come again cake. Its been a success every time I have made it for friends

sablenat's picture
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This is a fabulous recipe. Very easy to make and it charms everyone.
It takes slightly longer than the suggested cooking time. However, the patience will be paid off!

justinefoong's picture
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Tried this recipe based mainly on the comments and it was truly worth it! Doubled the recipe and added the zest (and a bit of juice) of 3 lemons and an orange, as I had run out of lemons. Delicious. Moist and very more-ish. Definately a recipe to keep.

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