Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1495 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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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.
CastawayJen
31st Jan, 2017
5.05
Perfect first time lemon drizzle! Didn't get the sugar crisping on the top, but I believe I didn't wait for the cake to cool down enough. Next time I will pour over half the drizzle, wait for it to cool and then use the other half. I used the zest and juice of 2 lemons and it's super lovely and lemony. Rich and moist, soaked all the way through nicely. Only needed 45 minutes in the oven for me (compared to other comments which needed longer). Could put icing drizzle on the top, but would be too sweet for me! Will bake again!
Little Gnome
28th Jan, 2017
5.05
Just made this today - absolutely delicious. I didn't have a suitable loaf tin so used a 6.5" round cake tin. Took a little longer to cook - an hour - but still lovely texture. Will now be a regular bake.
Stitchwitch
25th Jan, 2017
5.05
I made this cake yesterday following the recipe apart from adding the lemon juice to the mixture (of the half lemon left over)...the cake was so easy to make and turned out beautifully.....five stars
pm18
22nd Jan, 2017
3.8
I used a 2 pound loaf tin that worked well. After 40 minutes, I tested it with a skewer to find it a bit runny inside though the top was quite brown so I covered it with foil, placed it in the bottom shelf and gave it 20 more minutes. The cake came out well though next time I may cover it with foil earlier (I have a fan oven by the way). I used the juice of two lemons in the drizzle and poured part of the drizzle when warm and the rest after the cake was slightly ghtly cool so that it was both moist and with a bit of a crunchy topping. The cake tasted good and the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it needs a bit of improvising.
ChefMaddog
22nd Jan, 2017
5.05
good recipe, tastes great!
vickyjf
14th Jan, 2017
5.05
I've made this loads of times, it is fab, easy and always goes down well!! The timings for cooking are fine, I always give 50 mins. And I throw everything into the food processor to mix, never been an issue. In fact, just going to make another one now
Jobey
12th Dec, 2016
I agree, this recipe takes a lot longer than the specified timings. However, once you get it right, it's a taste sensation! You only need one and a half Lemons, but I now squeeze the left over half into the cake mix with the zest. I also found that I didn't get that traditional frosting when pouring over the cake, so now I leave the cake for at least 30 minutes before drizzling over the sugar and lemon mix. And it works a treat. The çake was obviously too hot on my first attempt, which resulted in the sugar just melting rather than setting. Set your oven at 170-not 180, as it does take longer, and you won't want it to burn. Lovely recipe!
catbail
9th Dec, 2016
My mother (85) was talking only today about how much she used to love lemon drizzle cake. I remembered that it has been one of the most popular things ever on the BBC Good Food site, so despite not being a baker at all, I thought I would give it a go. How disappointing then to read the latest reports on it, from people who presumably know about baking. I am 60, and love to cook, but I'm have never really baked (mainly because, believe it or not, my husband and sons are not interested in cakes!) Does anyone think I should just give it a go?

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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
claramac3009
8th Jun, 2014
Great cake to make though my drizzle doesn't 'frost' like the picture shows. Anyone know why?
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goodfoodteam
12th Jun, 2014
The drizzle should frost, make sure you are using the correct sugar, and ice the cake when it is still warm but not too hot, thanks.

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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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