Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1505 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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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.
lizziedaisy
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.
sodaboda
23rd Aug, 2017
5.05
Ive made this about 5 times now. Always turns out perfect. Only thing i have ever changed was to and a bit more lemon rind to mix if i fancy it a bit extra! Never fails to work.
FoodieAnj
16th Aug, 2017
5.05
Made this for my boyfriend's birthday yesterday. It is so quick to make and rose beautifully! Looked like a magazine cake :) He's lactose intolerant, so I used dairy-free butter, but it was still perfect. I left it in the oven for 45 mins and it came out a bit browner than the picture, but it still tasted delicious. Only thing I'd change for next time is more lemon! Yum, definitely a favourite in my house now
timilly
13th Aug, 2017
5.05
My 12 year old followed this recipe and entered the cake in the local show. He got first place up against eight other lemon drizzle cakes. One very happy little boy and one very delicious cake :-)
ElleHollyStocks
26th Jul, 2017
5.05
Absolutely fab. Used this same recipe about a dozen times and always comes out perfect! I always get loads of compliments. HOWEVER!!! It definitely needs longer than 45 mins!! Mine usually cooks about 1hr, 1hr 20.. I have a fan oven. I just kept testing with a cake skewer, until its clean. So just keep an eye on it after 45 mins to ensure its cooked perfectly! Also I usually add some more icing drizzled across the top for decoration. Just icing sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice, then a tiny amount of butter to thicken it so it sets rather than running straight off. Then I add shavings of lime/lemon and/or crushed pistachio nuts. The green, golden yellow and white really sets it off! Recommend this recipe for everyone!
nikita_84
22nd Jul, 2017
5.05
So straightforward and completely delicious. I had some blueberries which needed using so I added them to the batter before baking. I used the juice of 2 lemons as suggested and it was perfect.
fangiodog
29th Jun, 2017
5.05
I add orange and it's gorgeous. Also do all in one with mixer
vall
29th Jun, 2017
5.05
Fantastic cake! Made this last night and turned out great even if I made it on a 23cm round tin (loaf tin unavailable) which surprisingly raised and tasted awesome! Also I used 125gr of sugar instead of 225gr as its a bit too much for our taste! Would make it again!
nataliewaddie
24th Jun, 2017
5.05
Great recipie, lovely moist cake. I used the rind of two lemons in the cake mix & also the juice of a lemon to increase the lemon flavour. Took 50mins to bake. Don't think it will last very long it's so good! Will look forward to making again.

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MrsSmudgeRM
29th Aug, 2017
Hi! I tried this recipe as my first time baking (well, first in a very long time!) and I do love lemon drizzle cake. I followed the recipe to the letter, and while it tastes great, it did sink in the middle which is annoying! I used a loaf tin... Can anyone tell me why this happened, or what I did wrong please? Thanks!
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goodfoodteam
6th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. Sorry to hear the cake sank in the middle. There are a number of reasons why this might have happened. The oven door was opened before the cake had time to set; the cake didn't go in the oven as soon as the mixture was ready; or too much raising agent was used. Hope this helps in future.
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.

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Ili0967
27th Aug, 2017
5.05
If you want to make more than one, only double the recipie. I tried trippling it but the mixture was too thin and the cakes did not cook properly. Also I foumd that if you use the Base recipie, you can add other flavourings instead of lemon. I like to use salted caramel and chocolate
Nini47
29th Jun, 2017
Great recipe. I agree with others, the tin size is too small, I went two loaf tin sizes up to accommodate all the mixture. It did take about 20 minutes longer than recommended. I also used the the "all in one" method and it worked out beautifully. Will definitely make it again.
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!
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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...

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