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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Makes 1 cake

One of the classic cakes with a citrus crunchy on the outside and soft moist lemon sponge on the inside. This cake will store for up to a week in an airtight tin.

Free from Soya, Nuts


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  1. Line a 1kg/2lb loaf tin with parchment and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  4. Finely grate the lemon rind, add it to the bowl and beat it in.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice into a jug, add water if necessary to make it up to 75ml and set this aside for the syrup.
  6. Beat the eggs one at a time, into the mixing bowl ensuring each is well incorporated before adding the next.
  7. Add the prepared flour to the mixing bowl followed by the milk and stir to combine.
  8. Tip the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked. Leave the cake in its tin.


  1. Put the sugar into a saucepan, pour on the reserved jug of lemon juice and bring to the boil shaking the pan occasionally. Simmer gently for 2 minutes to make a syrup.
  2. Prick all over the surface of the warm cake with a BBQ stick or skewer, pressing right through to the base of the cake.
  3. Pour the syrup slowly all over the surface of the cake and leave to cool in the tin.

Drizzle Icing

  1. Place a chopping board over the cold cake tin and invert it onto the board. Remove the parchment paper.
  2. Using a zester, peel some strands of zest from the lemon and set these aside.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice.
  4. Measure the sugar into a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir to make the drizzle.
  5. Pour the drizzle over the top of the cake and spread it around the sides of the cake with a knife.
  6. Scatter the prepared strands of lemon zest over the cake.
  7. Leave to set before serving.


1kg/2lb loaf tin, loaf liner or parchment paper, grater, zester, saucepan, mixing bowl and BBQ stick or skewer


190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5

Cooking time

40-45 minutes
The best lemon drizzle cake EVER! My partner, family and friends Adore this cake. I doubt there’s a better one out there. Absolutely awesome flavours. Thanks for this recipe.
By Jo
29 Jan 2020
Easy to make. The results belie the minimalistic effort. So I claimed it was technical wizardry which had ensured success. Veracity rules!!
By Paul B Davies
19 May 2019
Delicious! I’m so glad I made this. With lemon zest in the cake, lemon juice in the syrup and lemon drizzle topping it is really zingy.
By BrightandWarm
31 Mar 2018

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