Lemon drizzle cake loaf on a pretty platter

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1710 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



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

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.

  2. 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.

  3. Sift in 225g self-raising flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and mix until well combined.

  4. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

  5. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  6. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 ½ lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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jbagguley's picture
28th Jan, 2013
Fabulous recipe. I made 4 small loaf tin cakes and reduced cooking time to 35-40 mins. Friends said they looked so good that they thought they were from a shop. Tasted lovely too :-) adding to my binder and definitely making again!
22nd Jan, 2013
This is always a complete hit with family & friends & work colleagues. Highly recommended.
22nd Jan, 2013
Amazingly easy and quick used two small loaf tins made two at once very moist and lemony perfect.
18th Jan, 2013
I found it very easy to make, but Idid add extra lemon to give it more zing .My son loves this drizzle cake he can't get enough,I have to make it so he can take it to work for him self and his work mates.
15th Jan, 2013
This cake was delicious, but I swapped the lemon drizzle for lemon icing, totally recommend
14th Jan, 2013
14th Jan, 2013
Quite average. All my icing went to the edges, suggesting the icing mixture was a bit thin.
14th Jan, 2013
Make this all the time - I do use 2 lemons thoughout for a bit of extra zing!
13th Jan, 2013
Absolutely the best cake I have ever made. the family demolished it before it had time to cool. I will definitely be making this one again
12th Jan, 2013
Think i should try to get a bit healthier, mmmmmmm but that sweet tooth just wont go away, so going to try this tomorrow all that taste and low in calories sound good to me. x Ive only rated it 4 as i have not made it yet but its got to be good. x x x x x


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