Lemon drizzle slices

Lemon drizzle slices

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(84 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


cuts into 12 slices

A classic British cake from the Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood's lemon drizzle is a simple traybake, made extra special with feather icing

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal236
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g


    For the cake

    • 70g softened unsalted butter
    • 120g caster sugar
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 140g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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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…

    • 1 tbsp lemon curd
    • 2 tbsp full-fat milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    For the drizzle topping

    • 30g granulated sugar
    • juice 1 lemon



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

    For the feather icing

    • 250g icing sugar
    • 3 tbsp water
    • splash of yellow food colouring


    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Line a 20 x 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment.

    2. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix again. Add the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, lemon curd and milk, and mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

    3. Mix the sugar and lemon juice together and pour over the hot cake. Leave to cool in the tin. You can eat the cake as it is, or for a fancy finish, try making this feather icing.

    4. Mix the icing sugar with just enough water to give a runny, but not watery, icing. Put a small amount of icing in a separate bowl. Add a few drops of the food colouring to the icing until pale yellow. Spoon into a disposable icing bag.

    5. Remove the cake from the tin and peel off the baking parchment. Sit the cake on a wire rack over a baking tray. Spread the white icing over the top. Pipe thin lines of the coloured icing across the width of the cake. Use a cocktail stick to drag through the lines in opposite directions to create a feathered effect. Leave to set before cutting into slices.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    24th May, 2020
    This recipe is really good. Apart from feathering the icing I followed it exactly. It gave me 15 rectangular bars. The lemon flavour was just right. They are quite sweet, so one is lovely with a cuppa. Move over Mr Kipling! One reviewer mentioned it collapsing in the center and I thought mine was going to as well after taking it out of the oven - because the top was very flat and dipped very slightly. But I had accidentally baked it for approx 3 to 5 minutes extra and I guess that saved it. It's a lovely light sponge. I'm going to try it with coffee flavours next time
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    3rd Oct, 2019
    Made this twice and it sunk in the middle both times. Odd. Thought it was maybe out of date baking powder but nope - it happened twice. I will stick to the "loaf" style drizzle cake in future. Tasted OK though.
    24th May, 2020
    Hi Helen, I think perhaps you need to cook it longer. I did. Maybe even lower the temp towards the end if you feel it's browning too much? Mine dipped slightly but wasn't dense in the middle. Hope that helps.
    3rd May, 2019
    The first time I used this recipe I put white chocolate buttercream on the top instead of the drizzle. The second time I mixed everything together rather than creaming the butter and sugar then adding eggs followed by the flour. The cake rose beautifully! I also sprinkled blueberries on the top of the mix before baking and omitted the drizzle again. Both were yummy. It is a very easy recipe
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    karolyne riddell
    24th Feb, 2019
    I haven't baked for ages but this recipe was delicious and the children enjoyed it too!
    27th Aug, 2018
    Very straightforward and tasty cake. The sugar+lemon juice icing/ drizzle wasn't enough to cover the whole cake so I would probably double it next time. It is very delicious and simple.
    28th Sep, 2018
    I agree it lasted a few hours here def double up as too small.
    1awsome girl Is ace
    26th Jul, 2018
    Great recipe, 'very easy too as ive only recently got into baking, will definately use this recipe In the future
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    Amanda Lim
    11th Jul, 2018
    Excellent recipe! I never comment on these sites, but this recipe was so easy to follow - I used standard measuring spoons for teaspoon and tablespoon. Great for a novice baker like me. Thank you to this BBC site and Paul Hollywood!
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    Emily Young
    23rd May, 2018
    I added extra lemon juice to the batter, because I like it zesty, by otherwise this is an excellent fluffy sponge!


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    Millie Elmo
    5th May, 2020
    Would it make any difference if I used a normal round cake tin instead of a square 20 x 20 tray tin? Probably a silly question but am a novice and do not have a square tray tin, thanks
    lulu_grimes's picture
    5th May, 2020
    Hello, yes you can use a round tin, we do have an alternative recipe in a round tin here https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lighter-lemon-drizzle-cake as well as a loaf tin version https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lemon-drizzle-cake Lulu
    12th Nov, 2019
    Can I freeze this before icing
    goodfoodteam's picture
    14th Nov, 2019
    Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze this at the end of step three, if well wrapped, for up to one month. Ice once defrosted.
    Jade Milton
    5th Jul, 2019
    Can I make this the day before serving?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    8th Jul, 2019
    Thanks for your question. Yes, you can make these the day before. Store in an airtight container.
    9th Feb, 2019
    Can this be converted into a fairy cake/cupcake recipe?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    11th Feb, 2019
    Thanks for your question. You could adapt this to cupcakes but without testing we are unable to give you exact cooking times. For a specific lemon cupcake recipes, why not try the following, leaving out the poppy seeds. You could also ice as above instead of frosting. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/470636/lemon-and-poppyseed-cupcakes
    JenTyH's picture
    23rd Sep, 2018
    Had to bake for 35min in my oven on slightly hotter temp. I also reduced the icing to 200gms and still think it's too much. Rather than a full coating, next time I'll probably just do a generous drizzling.
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