Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1515 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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Vicklepickle
2nd Jun, 2017
3.8
I love this cake but I have learnt that this recipe needs more lemon flavour so I use more lemon zest (1 and a half) and the juice of 2 Lemons for the drizzle. I also find the cake always needs quite a bit longer than the 45 minutes!
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!
Vicklepickle
2nd Jun, 2017
3.8
The recipe says 180C / fan 160C / gas 40.
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!!

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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"
Nightbaker
11th Nov, 2014
Make sure you whisk the butter/marg, sugar and eggs well. Don't forget to sift in the self raising flour before folding in to the mix. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45min at 160 fan. Check with skewer in the middle of the cake at 40min. If it sticks it aint ready. As soon as it doesn't stick it's ready.
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angie120
9th Jul, 2014
Add I bit of cornflour to the lemon and sugar. This will thicken it

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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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