Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1482 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 eggs
    Eggs

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    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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rampervm
9th May, 2017
5.05
Such an easy and delicious cake to make and loved by all. I am having requests for this all the time. Living in Trinidad allows me to have such lovely lemon flavor!
lizleicester
18th Apr, 2017
5.05
Now I see why it's the most highly rated recipe on this site! It is truly delicious.
MoreVeg
14th Apr, 2017
5.05
Made this for a colleague's birthday as she requested a lemon drizzle. It went down very well. Beautiful texture. Followed others advice and used the juice of two lemons in the drizzle - just upped the sugar. Will certainly make this again.
FoodieAnj
5th Apr, 2017
5.05
My flatmates loved this! I wanted cupcakes, and this recipe made about 27 Really tasty, I thought the cakes were a little bit dry - probably cos this recipe is not intended for cupcakes! But still very good and I'd make again :)
MrsKernow
25th Mar, 2017
3.8
Have made this twice now and both times it's turned out great. Baked mine at 160 fan for 55 minutes. Very simple to make and delicious. It tasted even better 2 or 3 days later. Would recommend.
Betty79
18th Mar, 2017
For all those saying that it doesn't cook in the time stated please be careful with your temperatures. I've seen quite a few mention 160 fan but it actually says 180 fan or 160 gas!
MrsKernow
19th Mar, 2017
3.8
Sorry to disagree, Betty79, but it actually says 180 (conventional oven), fan 160 or gas mark 4.
Kirsty2017
9th Mar, 2017
2.55
Cooking times are way off! Needs an awful lot longer than stated. I had to cover the top with foil to stop it burning!!
Robinson family
17th Feb, 2017
5.05
I am 7 and I have just made this cake.this recipe was easy to follow and the cake was delicious! I served the cake slightly warm. My. Parents loved it , I'm about to deliver some to my Grandfather !
clintwestmetal
1st Feb, 2017
5.05
After numerous different ways and many attempts at this I believe I've absolutely nailed it now- as a sandwich. Split the mix between two 8" sandwich tins, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to the existing recipe, use the zest of 2 lemons and the juice of half a lemon in the cake and use the juice of 2 lemons for the drizzle. Chuck a ton of raspberry jam in between both halves for a fantastic tang.

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Laura.bancrof
1st May, 2017
If I was to make this for someone who is allergic to eggs, what would be a good alternative?
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goodfoodteam
5th May, 2017
Hi Laura, We haven't tried this using an egg replacement. There is one available from health food shops called Orgran No Egg which you could try. Alternatively use a recipe that was written with no eggs in mind, like one of these vegan bakes from our collection: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegan-dessert
tidysue
20th Apr, 2017
How do you get the cake to look like the one in the photo? Is it turned upside down after cooking to get the flat top or is there a way to cook it with a flat top? My top always turns into a mound and the drizzle runs off it, you can barely notice the drizzle on top unlike the cake in the photo above.
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goodfoodteam
26th Apr, 2017
Thanks for your message. There are a few reasons a cake can peak in the middle: too much raising agent has been used, the cake tin was too small or the oven temperature too high. Hope that helps!
Shaz932
6th Mar, 2017
Should it be 4 large eggs or 4 medium eggs?
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goodfoodteam
10th Mar, 2017
Thank you for your question. We would suggest using 4 large eggs.
Val46
17th Oct, 2016
My lemon cakes (and other loaf cakes!) always seem to end up with a "crack" down the centre, and around the edge is always done first, but the centre takes longer, where am I going wrong please? Too much liquid?
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goodfoodteam
31st Oct, 2016
Thanks for your question. It sounds like your cake tin is a bit too small. If the cake is significantly peaked it'll be much higher in the middle and will therefore take longer to cook than the outer edges. Hope that gets to the bottom of it. If not, take a look at our Top 10 cake problems fixed article for more advice.
Shanicetsang
8th Oct, 2016
Can I use this recipe for an 8" cake?
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goodfoodteam
15th Oct, 2016
If you don't have a suitable loaf tin, you could use an 8 inch round tin instead but you will need to adjust the timings slightly to accomodate the different depth of cake mixture. We'd suggest keeping an eye on your cake from about 3/4 of the way through the stated cooking time to ensure it doesn't become overcooked. Once the cake starts to look golden and feels springy to the touch, then take it out and test it to see if it's done.

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sarahjo33
2nd Oct, 2016
5.05
A lovely recipe, came out perfect. When the cake had cooled I cut in half and spread a layer of lemon curd and a layer of lemons butter icing and sandwiched back together. Everyone who had a slice came back for another. I also used the rind of 2 lemons in the cake which gave a more powerful flavour. A winner in our house
ciao
24th Jul, 2016
5.05
Overspill? Try oven bottom liner sheet couple of pounds from b and m . It cleans much more easily than oven bottom.
ciao
24th Jul, 2016
5.05
Made this 3 times now. Today I've added dessicated coconut and also coconut essence (lake land's is lovely) to the mixture. Also try using icing sugar on top instead of castor. I also fin this takes much longer to cook - 1 to 1 and a half hours.
Rkepinska
27th Jun, 2016
5.05
Oh and grate two lemon rinds into the mix not one.
Rkepinska
27th Jun, 2016
5.05
Change fan oven temp to 140 and bake for 1hr 10mins plus swap caster sugar for granulated sugar for the topping glaze thing.
vembley
31st Jan, 2016
Use a large tin. I made this cake for the second time, and forgot that the tin is too small. Whilst it it lovely, the dimension of the tin are clearly wrong. Perhaps they should be inches not centimetres? The cake is lovely, but I would recommend checking the cake 10 or 15 minutes before the end as you may want to cover it in foil to stop the top browning too much. Even though I used a larger tin, the cake rose well over the top which then makes it tricky to pour the lemon and sugar mix over to. Lovely recipe, just needs to be in a bigger tin!
dazhuntley
22nd Jan, 2016
My advice, for what it's worth; Use LARGE eggs. For the drizzle, do 3 lemons with 120g sugar, punch 2 dozen holes deep into the cake with your skewer. Don't focus on the 'topping' focus on getting as much of that juice down the holes as possible. The topping comes from what won't go down. Moist, juicy, heavenly cake every time.
alexandervchan
22nd Nov, 2015
Delicious, just use a bigger tin...
Hilarygypsy
26th Sep, 2015
Delicious every time - really soak the cake with drizzle, made with granulated for extra crunch! I make a separate topping with icing sugar and more lemon juice, mixed to a thick pouring consistency to spread over cake when cool, on a rack, and allow to gently pour down sides. Have also mixed lemon juice with lime juice. First cake to go at the Macmillan coffee morning!
Pumpkineater84
25th Aug, 2015
Ignore my last tip just tried and its gorgeous only thing I would do differently next time I would make another 1/3 of the drizzle topping and make holes ever so slightly larger so drizzle distributes deeper into the cake this is really good recipe

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