Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1537 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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29th Jan, 2012
Fantastic recipe!!! Thank you for sharing it. The cake was lovely and my husband, who generally does not like sweet stuff, loved this!!!
28th Jan, 2012
Lovely cake. It didn't last very long as it was a big hit with my family. I have added to my list of favourites :o)
27th Jan, 2012
I made this for my husband, I'm not a confident or good cook, but the receipt and instructions were easy and cake turned out really well. My hubby loved it
26th Jan, 2012
Fabulous - easy to make - easy to eat ;-)
23rd Jan, 2012
The best! Will be making more often!
23rd Jan, 2012
The best lemon cake!l Will be making this more often!
21st Jan, 2012
Have made this several times, with always excellent results. Making it again this afternoon, too!
19th Jan, 2012
brilliant, so many requests for me to make this for peoples birthdays, absolute winner
18th Jan, 2012
Oh dear what did I do wrong? The cake sank and I found the middle was soggy after all that liquid poored over it, though I did follow the recipe to the letter. I am sure it is something I did wrong as so many people have raved about this recipe. Any advice as I will try again.
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18th Jan, 2012
Bugger I say as I must of put the frosting on too soon, shall give it another go. However it does taste yummy


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