Lemon drizzle cake loaf on a pretty platter

Lemon drizzle cake

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(1884 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
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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
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    le-mon

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

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons
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    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 85g caster sugar

Method

  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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Leelijordan
22nd Nov, 2019
2.05
Very disappointing. Overflowed, very eggy, not lemony enough, and took nearly 2 hours to cook. Wont be making again.
Ladyjk
20th Nov, 2019
Read comments and so used 3 eggs, 2 lemons, icing sugar for drizzle, took about 50 mins to cook. Delicious warm and cold. Will definitely make again.
Ashtree66
8th Oct, 2019
2.05
It's OK, but not the best lemon drizzle cake I've made. Not lemony enough and too eggy! If I use this recipe again I'll only use 3 eggs, maybe even 2 if they're large ones, and I'll use the zest of 2 lemons plus maybe some of the juice. Oh and 45-50 minutes? It was totally uncooked at this stage. It took 1 hour and 40 minutes in total, so actually twice as long as stated. And by then the edges were a little burnt. So a lot of adjustments IF I ever bother with this recipe again.
Cesleigh99
27th Aug, 2019
5.05
Love this recipe, tastes amazing and easy to make!!
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Gina Ritchie
17th Aug, 2019
I love this cake, but I really love zesty lemon. I used the zest of two lemons, and used the juice as well in the icing. I increased the sugar in the icing by approx another third of icing sugar to the caster sugar. Delish! I've also added sultanas in the past, which also enhance the cake experience! It doesn't last long in our house.....
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Paula Wróblewicz
14th Aug, 2019
4.05
I bit too plain for me, not enough lemony inside. All bakes well but would like to know what to add to get greater lemon taste inside the cake :)
Ladyjk
20th Nov, 2019
More Lemons?!
Cathug849
4th Aug, 2019
5.05
Best lemon cake ever which a few small adjustments (see my tip if you’re interested). It’s so moist and spongy.
Ecfranks99
7th Jul, 2019
5.05
We made this as a fun Sunday activity. As I am wheat intolerant we made it with gluten free flour and it turned out brilliant!
Juliet Goldschmidt
6th Jul, 2019
5.05
Turned out perfect. Instead of lemon zest I used vanilla extract and lemon juice for the icing and it disappeared in minutes at an event. A winner without a doubt!

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MrsSmudgeRM
29th Aug, 2017
Hi! I tried this recipe as my first time baking (well, first in a very long time!) and I do love lemon drizzle cake. I followed the recipe to the letter, and while it tastes great, it did sink in the middle which is annoying! I used a loaf tin... Can anyone tell me why this happened, or what I did wrong please? Thanks!
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goodfoodteam
6th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. Sorry to hear the cake sank in the middle. There are a number of reasons why this might have happened. The oven door was opened before the cake had time to set; the cake didn't go in the oven as soon as the mixture was ready; or too much raising agent was used. Hope this helps in future.
Laura.bancrof
1st May, 2017
If I was to make this for someone who is allergic to eggs, what would be a good alternative?
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goodfoodteam
5th May, 2017
Hi Laura, We haven't tried this using an egg replacement. There is one available from health food shops called Orgran No Egg which you could try. Alternatively use a recipe that was written with no eggs in mind, like one of these vegan bakes from our collection: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegan-dessert
tidysue
20th Apr, 2017
How do you get the cake to look like the one in the photo? Is it turned upside down after cooking to get the flat top or is there a way to cook it with a flat top? My top always turns into a mound and the drizzle runs off it, you can barely notice the drizzle on top unlike the cake in the photo above.
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goodfoodteam
26th Apr, 2017
Thanks for your message. There are a few reasons a cake can peak in the middle: too much raising agent has been used, the cake tin was too small or the oven temperature too high. Hope that helps!
Shaz932
6th Mar, 2017
Should it be 4 large eggs or 4 medium eggs?
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goodfoodteam
10th Mar, 2017
Thank you for your question. We would suggest using 4 large eggs.
Val46
17th Oct, 2016
My lemon cakes (and other loaf cakes!) always seem to end up with a "crack" down the centre, and around the edge is always done first, but the centre takes longer, where am I going wrong please? Too much liquid?
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goodfoodteam
31st Oct, 2016
Thanks for your question. It sounds like your cake tin is a bit too small. If the cake is significantly peaked it'll be much higher in the middle and will therefore take longer to cook than the outer edges. Hope that gets to the bottom of it. If not, take a look at our Top 10 cake problems fixed article for more advice.

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Nini47
29th Jun, 2017
Great recipe. I agree with others, the tin size is too small, I went two loaf tin sizes up to accommodate all the mixture. It did take about 20 minutes longer than recommended. I also used the the "all in one" method and it worked out beautifully. Will definitely make it again.
sarahjo33
2nd Oct, 2016
5.05
A lovely recipe, came out perfect. When the cake had cooled I cut in half and spread a layer of lemon curd and a layer of lemons butter icing and sandwiched back together. Everyone who had a slice came back for another. I also used the rind of 2 lemons in the cake which gave a more powerful flavour. A winner in our house
ciao
24th Jul, 2016
5.05
Overspill? Try oven bottom liner sheet couple of pounds from b and m . It cleans much more easily than oven bottom.
ciao
24th Jul, 2016
5.05
Made this 3 times now. Today I've added dessicated coconut and also coconut essence (lake land's is lovely) to the mixture. Also try using icing sugar on top instead of castor. I also fin this takes much longer to cook - 1 to 1 and a half hours.
Rkepinska
27th Jun, 2016
5.05
Oh and grate two lemon rinds into the mix not one.
Rkepinska
27th Jun, 2016
5.05
Change fan oven temp to 140 and bake for 1hr 10mins plus swap caster sugar for granulated sugar for the topping glaze thing.
vembley
31st Jan, 2016
Use a large tin. I made this cake for the second time, and forgot that the tin is too small. Whilst it it lovely, the dimension of the tin are clearly wrong. Perhaps they should be inches not centimetres? The cake is lovely, but I would recommend checking the cake 10 or 15 minutes before the end as you may want to cover it in foil to stop the top browning too much. Even though I used a larger tin, the cake rose well over the top which then makes it tricky to pour the lemon and sugar mix over to. Lovely recipe, just needs to be in a bigger tin!
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dazhuntley
22nd Jan, 2016
My advice, for what it's worth; Use LARGE eggs. For the drizzle, do 3 lemons with 120g sugar, punch 2 dozen holes deep into the cake with your skewer. Don't focus on the 'topping' focus on getting as much of that juice down the holes as possible. The topping comes from what won't go down. Moist, juicy, heavenly cake every time.
alexandervchan
22nd Nov, 2015
Delicious, just use a bigger tin...
Hilarygypsy
26th Sep, 2015
Delicious every time - really soak the cake with drizzle, made with granulated for extra crunch! I make a separate topping with icing sugar and more lemon juice, mixed to a thick pouring consistency to spread over cake when cool, on a rack, and allow to gently pour down sides. Have also mixed lemon juice with lime juice. First cake to go at the Macmillan coffee morning!

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