Lemon drizzle cakes

Lemon drizzle cakes

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(110 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 12
The mini and extra marvellous version of our most popular recipe, the lemon drizzle cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze cakes only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal378
  • fat19g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g pack of butter, softenend



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 400g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • zest and juice 3 lemons



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


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases. With an electric whisk, whisk the butter, 250g of the sugar, eggs, flour, zest of 2 lemons and juice from 1 lemon until just combined – don’t over-whisk. Fill the cases two thirds full, then bake on a middle shelf for 30 mins, until a skewer poked in comes out clean.

  2. Cool for 10 mins, then transfer cakes to a cooling rack on a tray and poke each a few times with a skewer. Pour remaining lemon juice over remaining 150g sugar and zest 1 lemon, and immediately spoon over the cakes. Leave to cool.

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12th Jan, 2014
As others had posted that this mixture was heavy I decided to vary the method slightly by creaming the butter with the sugar before adding the rest of the ingredients. As I only had two lemons I added a couple of teaspoons of homemade marmalade to add to the citrusy flavour. I also baked at 175 fan for exactly 30 minutes. Very light result and will make again!
21st Dec, 2013
Bit disappointed with these. Took far longer than 30 minutes on the temperature quoted, and the cakes themselves were very heavy. I've used other recipes for muffins which have come out lighter and won't be using this one again.
11th Nov, 2013
These are the most delicious muffins ever! We have made them over and over again! thanks :)
10th Oct, 2013
Delicious! Perfectly filled 12 muffin cases. Just added a little extra lemon juice to the drizzle as I like them lemony!
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4th Oct, 2013
D-E-L-I-S-H!! That is what my boyfriend said after eating one of these lemon drizzle cakes! A hit!
13th Aug, 2013
disaster, too much mixture and the cakes over spilled. I also thought for the drizzle there was too much sugar & not enough lemon juice . xx
11th Aug, 2013
Have just made these for a fete. They are delicious. Did follow others comments and used 3 lemons worth of zest. Made 15 muffins. Used a bit less sugar in the drizzle mixture which perhaps caused me not to get a crunchy top but stll fabulous and very easy.
7th Aug, 2013
These were very light and lemony, although I did have some trouble with the drizzle as a lot went down the sides as well as on the top and soaking in. The only trouble I had because this happened it made them a bit messy to eat when you tried to remove the muffin case.
18th Jul, 2013
These are lovely and moist, far more than other, traditional, lemon drizzle cakes - they're my staple for school/nursery fairs and coffee mornings and always go down a treat .
15th Apr, 2013
I made these for the first time yesterday. They are absolutely gorgeous. I will definitely be making them again soon.


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