Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1567 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


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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  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



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  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



    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



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

  • 85g caster sugar


  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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28th Jan, 2008
Best lemon drizzle cake i have made and eaten! always have lots of complements too!! very easy to make i did add the zest of the 2 lemons too, i bet a lime drizzle would be nice yumyum!!
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27th Jan, 2008
Very nice and easy recipe. Seeing the other comments, I added the zest of 2 lemons, which was really nice. Cut down on the sugar as well (only 200g) and left of the drizzle. The whole house still enjoyed and we reduced the calories a bit like this. It's the month of diets after all :-)
19th Jan, 2008
this cake is delicious - i actually used two lemons mmmmmmm yummy
15th Jan, 2008
Very easy to make and disappeared from the plate very fast! Will have to make two next time. DELICIOUS.
11th Jan, 2008
I have made this cake twice now, an excellent recipe! A very tasty, light and moist cake. I used more juice in the drizzle topping to make it even more lemony. Took it to work yesterday as my birthday cake and had loads of requests for the recipe!!
11th Jan, 2008
Sorry gave my comments earlier but forgot to give it a star rating. Gave it a 5.
11th Jan, 2008
I make this cake last night. It is absolutely gorgeous, lovely and moist but not too moist either. So easy to make and the lemon drizzle on top is really lovely. Delighted with the results as were my sons.
3rd Jan, 2008
Truly fantastic. I have also tried it with oranges and it's a complete winner!!
26th Dec, 2007
brilliant but easy cake! i add the zest of 2 lemons makes it a bit more zingy!
21st Dec, 2007
Fantastic doesn't begin to describe it. Could do with more lemon flavour though.


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