Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1530 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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17th Nov, 2011
16th Nov, 2011
My nine year old son made this and it was excellent. He used zest and juice of two lemons and he gave it 10/10.
14th Nov, 2011
This is the nicest lemon drizzle i have ever had. my niece made it as a base for her science and got great remarks!!
13th Nov, 2011
Really light and fluffy. Used 2 lemons as well . However it was a bit uncooked in the middle, so I will cook for longer next time.My 8 year od son made this easily, and loved it. Yum
13th Nov, 2011
Made this on a whim when I knew some friends were coming to visit and it was absolutely delicious - we polished it off in one sitting! Moist in the middle with the sugary crust on the top, yum!
11th Nov, 2011
Hadn't made a cake for ages but it turned out well. I used 2 lemons. Couldn't get the icing top as in the picture. Shall try icing sugar next time.
9th Nov, 2011
DELICIOUS! I added the zest of 2 lemons as many others have done.
9th Nov, 2011
I used this recipe for my first attempt at baking since leaving school, (quite a few years) and it turned out fantastic. Everyone was impressed. I have now made it serversl timed and every time it's a winner. Perfect as it is:/)
9th Nov, 2011
Made this several times and is always a winner!!
7th Nov, 2011
Made this twice, perfect both times and everyone loved it


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