Lemon drizzle cake loaf on a pretty platter

Lemon drizzle cake

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(2206 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…

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons



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

  • 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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4th Jul, 2020
Wow! So delicious! The cooking time is a bit fiddly though.
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Subah Akhtar
30th Jun, 2020
I always use this recipe and it comes out lovely, made it this morning for friends. I ended up changing bits as there is a lot of batter. I do use two (2lb) loaf tins rather than one, and get two decent sized loaf cakes. With the glaze, I use two lemons and 140g of caster sugar, and it covers both really well. Also, I add the juice of one lemon in the mix and the zest of two lemons , as I like it quite lemony and it makes it less sweeter too. Plus add a teaspoon of baking powder, even though it uses self raising flour.
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Olivia Taylor
27th Jun, 2020
I tried this for the first time today and I’m sad to say I’m very disappointed. When mixing together I did notice there was a lot of batter but didn’t think anything about it. I checked on it 25 mins into the time and a lot of the batter was now on the bottom of the oven!! So much of the batter was still in the tin so I wasn’t too fussed but I thought it would then be hard to try and put the icing on top when it was done. After the allocated time I took it out to check if it was done but it was still so runny even though it was really golden. I put it in for more time and it was okay. I would ideally put it in 2 tins and have two smaller cakes or use a different recipe all together.
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21st Jun, 2020
Tastes nice, maybe a bit too sweet. Burnt around the edges but rose well and didn't sink. The glaze did not work at all so quite disappointing. Looks nothing like the photo. Would maybe make again with some adjustments, especially the glaze with icing sugar rather than caster. I'll be trying out different recipes first though because I'm sure there are better ones
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Kashish Food
18th Jun, 2020
Awesome Recipe.
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Anoosha R
14th Jun, 2020
I tried this recipe twice. The first time I only used one tin which was a mistake as it rose a lot more than I expected and actually spilt all over the inside of our oven :( The second time I used two tins and we ended up with 2 slightly shallow but delicious cakes. Only 4 stars since I had to throw away the first batch and waste those ingredients because it hadn't cooked properly all the way through.
14th Jun, 2020
I was never really a lover of lemon drizzle cake until I tried this one - never lasts long in our house, a firm favourite. I do add the zest of two lemons and juice of half a lemon into the cake. Also, since having changed to 3 large eggs instead of 4 I think it is better. Never seems to completely cool before we start eating it.
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Beverley Woods
10th Jun, 2020
This is my favourite Lemon drizzle cake recipe. I have made it a number of times and each time is it very popular and tastes delicious. I have just made it again, but had no lemons in the house, and so used 1 large desert spoon of lemon curd in the batter recipe to give it a lemony flavour (in plce of the lemon rind) and I used bottled lemon juice (jiff) for the icing instead of fresh lemon juice. The cake was very moist and delicious, I will continue to add a bit of lemon curd into the batter in future. The cake took about 60 mins to bake.
7th Jun, 2020
I made this today and it is lovely. It didn't taste eggy and it didn't sink whilst baking. It did take longer to bake however I was prepared for that after reading recent reviews. It took 65 mins total. I used the same amount of lemons in the recipe although they were large and the cake tastes very lemony. Certainly a hit in our household and I will certainly make it again as it's so easy.
muffin top
5th Jun, 2020
Ours was ok .we did not use two tins so ours sunk in the middle.it tastes good though and it's going down quickly!the drizzle lookes delish it did take a long time to heat (well the middle did!)we will definetely use this recipie again.


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Chloe Chapman
5th Jul, 2020
I made this recipe and the cake came out great. But the drizzle didn’t look like the one in the picture.. was wondering whether it should be icing sugar used for the drizzle rather than caster sugar? The one in the picture looks like it has an icing glaze on it but mine doesn’t!
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6th Jul, 2020
Hi Chloe, The drizzle should get whiter and more opaque as it dries and sets. It's possible that your lemons were very juicy and the icing you made was less sugary. You could add a little icing sugar as well next time you make the cake, you need the caster sugar for a bit of crunch though. I hope this help, Lulu
31st May, 2020
Hi, my cake cracked along the top, do you know why?
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7th Jun, 2020
Hi, Your oven might be running a bit hot, do you have an oven thermometer you can test it with? Does this happen with other cakes? Lulu
18th May, 2020
Hello , I am new to baking so a bit confused on the drizzle bit- does the cake have to be completely cool when you put the drizzle on and do you keep it in the tin when you do so ? Thank you :)
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8th Apr, 2020
Hi can you swap lemons for lemon juice? If so do you know what measurement please, with present times just trying to use ingredients I have, thankyou.
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8th Apr, 2020
Hi, Esther from the food team here! If you mean long life lemon juice then yes! Id recommend using 2 tbsp in the icing but just leave out the zest from the cake don't try replacing it with juice. Thanks for your question!
27th Feb, 2020
I'm just about to make this cake - but please, can you make recipes fit on one sheet of paper! I've used two pieces just for the sake of the last line of the recipe!!!
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Barney Good Food
27th Feb, 2020
Can we suggest cooking straight from our BBC Good Food App (available for free on your smart phone or tablet) that way you won't have to use any paper.
22nd Sep, 2019
Hi. Is a 2lb loaf tin suitable for this recipe?


16th Mar, 2020
This is similar to a pound cake recipe. And in the way you can add 3 tablespoons of milk and some extra lemon juice to a pound cake, I did exactly that with this cake. I used self raising flour but since moving to France, the self raising flour has less raising agents so I gave it a boost with an extra half teaspoon of baking powder. I used a 9x21 loaf tin in silicon and had to cover with foil toward the end to ensure the last part baked properly.
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Hazman 1819
24th Mar, 2020
Yes, you can make it fit in one piece of paper.
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Rebecca Adams
16th Jan, 2020
Just a tip for people reading comments about overflowing and it being too eggy. You need a 2lb loaf tin and I once made the mistake of using plain flour and that is why it tastes eggy!! Made it with self raising numerous times and it is amazing!!!
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Júlia Láng
4th Sep, 2019
the recommended tin size is WAY too small. half the dough oozed out. either use larger tin, or half the measurements, or bake in 2 tins
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Hannah Brindley
17th Aug, 2019
Following some of the comments I read (I am not a Baker at all) I used close to 3 large eggs, (I can't stand eggy cakes!) a tsp of vanilla extract and the juice of one lemon which I added to the mixture. I also used stork instead of unsalted butter. Instead of a large cake the mixture fitted 12 muffin cases perfectly, which is great for the kids! They loved them.!
4th Aug, 2019
I used 3 medium eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk, zest of 2 lemons and the juice of half a lemon (which is ideal when you need the juice of 1.5 lemons for the drizzle). The cake is deliciously moist and lemony.
Teresa Smith
17th Apr, 2019
I had to tweak a few things to make this work: - use a 30cm x 9cm x 9cm Loaf pan (Kaiser does a good one) - reduce to 3 medium eggs - add zest of 2 lemons instead of 1 - add 2 capfuls of vanilla extract for a richer taste Also cook time might be slightly longer but not by much.
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1 to 3
11th Apr, 2019
Needs a bit more lemon flavor
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12th Feb, 2019
This is a great tasting recipe and not too dry but I did find that it was only cooking on the outside and not in the inside so I had to cover it in tin foil and put it in for another 10 minutes. I also added in 2 lemon zest and 1 juice instead of just 1 zest because I felt as though there wouldn’t of been enough lemon flavour.
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Jennifer Roberts
2nd Nov, 2018
As others have mentioned, use 3 eggs and a longer cooking time. Otherwise great. I topped mine with a lemon cream cheese icing.


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