Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1595 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

    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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imogenwoody
22nd Oct, 2017
5.05
Fab cake but add more lemon zest and juice. Very fluffy
Lovestobake68
19th Oct, 2017
5.05
Just made this today and it was fabulous. I would definitely add more lemon zest and probably a little lemon juice in the cake mix. I cooked mine for 1 hr in a fan oven at 160 degrees and covered in foil for the last 20 mins. I also used granulated sugar and about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice for the icing.
Rachie_B
9th Oct, 2017
3.8
I have made this cake several times and found it works well as a tray bake (which I slice and freeze for my husband and I to take to work) and as a loaf. I have tried to fiddle with the recipe a little using coconut sugar and/or honey to replace the sugar and found the coconut sugar works well for the sponge, but I personally didn't like the taste of the drizzle although my husband did. Next I'm going to try coconut sugar for the sponge and honey for the drizzle. I also add the flour first and then the eggs, and am very generous with the lemon zest in the sponge, usually using two lemons.
Eva W
7th Oct, 2017
5.05
its delicious, perfect as it is, and never fails to impress all :-)... personal preference is granulated sugar in the topping, and a of spoonful of lemon juice in the in the batter too to make it more lemony...
RhoK25
1st Oct, 2017
3.8
Very easy to make and the end result looked very professional. It could have been a bit more lemony so I'll follow the advice of others and add the zest of two lemons next time. Otherwise a great recipe!
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kejames77
28th Sep, 2017
5.05
Very straightforward and easy to make. I made it for the first time to take to a Macmillan cancer support fundraiser and the whole thing sold and got great reviews. I'm glad I managed to try it myself for 50p! It was light and fluffy and the drizzle was very zingy but I may use more zest in the cake next time to give it more of a lemon flavour.
Baker-Elfriede
26th Sep, 2017
5.05
Love lemon drizzle, I had a drop of milk to the batter with the eggs to make it slightly more moist but apart from that variation it's a fool-proof recipe.
CakenGiftsindia
26th Sep, 2017
5.05
"I love this Lemon Drizzle cake recipe! Excellent taste" Thanks for sharing a good recipe.
claire673
8th Sep, 2017
5.05
This cake has never failed me, I've made it so many times and it's delicious. I use zest of 2 lemons in the cake and I use juice of 2 lemons and granulated sugar instead of castor to give it the nice sugar crunch toppin as using castor sugar has never given me a hard crunchy topping, granulated always does.
lizziefoodie
28th Aug, 2017
5.05
I listened to advice and added the zest of 2 lemons instead of one to the recipe, and the juice of half a lemon. Mine baked in 45 mins at 160 on a fan, with foil round the top for the last 20 mins. I used a thin new IKEA loaf tin that was about 11 x 25 - could've fit all the mix in by the time I saw it cooked but I was being cautious so I had some left over. It's a lovely cake. I used 100g of sugar instead of 85g and ended up with a proper topping that looks similar to the photo.

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jule955
4th May, 2016
Hi L.J, I usually do that with my lemon drizzle - bake it in two round tins, drizzle both cakes and sandwich them with icing. I use the icing recipe from the link below. It makes enough to ice the top of the cake as well, but not quite enough to do the sides too. Everybody so far has loved it, but I'd be careful not to use too much of it; I drizzle my cakes a lot more than the Good Food recipe suggests, so the sweetness of the icing really balances out the sharpness of the lemon. But it might make the whole thing too sweet if you go with the original cake recipe. http://www.hippopotamousse.com/2013/07/triple-lemon-drizzle-birthday-cake.html
genty01
27th May, 2015
How do you freeze this? Should I put the drizzle on when I defrost it or does that freeze OK as well? Thank you
genty01
27th May, 2015
I want to make two of these and freeze them for a party. Do I freeze without the drizzle or will the drizzle freeze OK as well? Thanks.
demri1
18th Sep, 2014
Stupid question, but if I'm planning on doubling the size, can I use a round cake tin instead of a loaf tin?
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goodfoodteam
26th Nov, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. When altering the quantities of a cake there is no excat formula for scaling up tin size or cooking time. For best results, make two loaf cakes instead. 
millid02
6th Sep, 2014
Hi all I just made this cake again but this time I melted sugar with lemon juice for topping. I think this may have been wrong as it didn't form a crust. What do others do regarding this. Many thanks in anticipation. Christine
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goodfoodteam
16th Sep, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question, there is no need to melt the sugar, just mix with the lemon juice. Thanks.
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goodfoodteam
11th Sep, 2014
Flour is always plain unless otherwise stated, this will be why the cake sank in the middle.
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mellymak
1st Sep, 2014
3.8
The recipe doesn't specify whether or not we must use self-raising flour, but I did. In SA, normally the recipes do specify this, maybe its a UK thing that this is just assumed. Was I supposed to use self-raising? I also added 5ml of baking powder. The cake was delicious but the middle of the cake was not cooked and it sank in the middle. I did test the cake and the skewer seemed shiney rather than wet. I wasn't sure if it still needed to be cooked further so I waited an extra 10mins. I was nervous to leave it any longer as it was going very dark on the outside. Did this happen because I used to much raising agent?
bardez
7th May, 2016
5.05
Recipe says "225g self-raising flour"

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princesspuppet
21st Apr, 2014
I add lemon liquor to mine to give it a real kick.
amatuercakes
29th Nov, 2013
Used lemon juice from a bottle instead of lemons! Didn't add lemon into the actual cake mix, aside from a little lemon juice (again from the bottle). Use fresh lemons if you can, but my version was still a hit. (Must say I guestimated the amount of lemon juice for the drizzle). Sponge was absolutely gorgeous. Used a standard cake tin instead of the loaf tin, didn't find any problems wih this. I did find however that the lemon mix didn't seep into the cake. But overall very good recipe, and I'll definitely make it again.
alissajrobinson
21st Nov, 2013
I baked this in a cake pan rather than a loaf tin, then double glazed it. I let the first glaze sink into the hot cake completely, then once it was cooled, I combined 3 tbsp icing sugar with the juice of 1/2 lemon and spread the icing over the top. It looked and tasted delicious - and not overly sweet like I feared it might.
hazelmcn
7th Oct, 2013
Pour lemon/sugar mixture on the loaf when it is hot - mine really crisped up that way. And as others say - add a little extra rind and juice!
zzze
20th Dec, 2013
thanks!
Ponderer
3rd Oct, 2013
Since 1 and 1/2 lemons are used for the drizzle I add the other half lemons juice to the cake mix. Both times I've cooked this it's won approval from others. Stayed moist for a few days aswell. Also took a tip from elsewhere and used demerara for the drizzle.
Purpleyoga
14th Sep, 2013
Image this with poppy seeds and 2 lemons as per comments below. Delicious
camalamaruun
14th Aug, 2013
if u put the naked lemon in the microwave for 30 second you get nearly double the amount of juice
ladynellington
9th Jul, 2013
Double the lemon rind and juice (3 lemons) and 100g sugar for topping for more fresh, lemony zing.
tashynadarling
21st Jun, 2013
Use large eggs, add extra zest (and juice of half a lemon) for an extra lemony kick!

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