Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1530 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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ohyeah
9th Nov, 2016
5.05
tried this cake this morning and found timings a little quick, but just waited till the cake was spring back a the touch and hey presto perfect! Must admit I'll try more lemon next time both zest and juice, can never have too much of a good thing.
acjacobs
4th Nov, 2016
5.05
I've made this a few times now and it really annoys me. There's no way on earth that this cake will cook in 45 minutes. At 160 in a fan oven, this is going to take 75 minutes. After 45 to 50 minutes it's completely raw inside. With all the comments saying exactly the same thing you'd thing that BBC Good Food would do something. If someone followed this and presented it to Gordon Ramsey on one of his shows he'd be putting a slice of bread either side of their face and calling them an idiot sandwich. And there is absolutely no way it's going to look like that with the instructions given. The only way I can make it look like that with a nice crispy top is to add just enough lemon juice to the sugar to turn it into a fairly thick paste. Then drizzle the remaining juice over the cake first to give it a soak. Once that's done, pour the paste over and spread it as needed.
ZahraLondon
27th Oct, 2016
5.05
This is my favourite cake recipe ever! Always goes down a treat. Agree with the others, takes about an hour in the oven. I tend to 'double drizzle' - so the lemon & caster sugar mix to soak into the cake then finished with lemon & icing sugar mix zig-zagged across the cake to make it look prettier.
Janepj
26th Oct, 2016
3.8
Agree with comments re cooking time - takes much longer, definitely need extra lemon and I am now using icing sugar for the topping as c sugar so far failed to produce white crunch
Tillbridge
3rd Oct, 2016
There was no mention of warming the lemon juice and sugar to make the drizzle! My cake is sort of grey now where I poured the lemon juice and sugar over it!
zchatc8
10th Sep, 2016
agree with previous comments that it needs to be baked for much longer than suggested - took 1 hour 5 mins in a fan oven at 160, otherwise middle of the cake isnt cooked
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amdramqueen133
4th Sep, 2016
This is gorgeous! My nephew came back for a second slice.
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suses22
27th Aug, 2016
Great recipe, made this cake numerous times now and always turns out perfectly, and most importantly the OH loves it!
acjacobs
26th Aug, 2016
5.05
Made this a few times now and it's always turned out perfectly. Agree with others though: 2 lemons!
damdoum
22nd Aug, 2016
5.05
I can't count the times I've made this, and it's always, always a hit! easy to make and light and yummy!

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