Lemon Drizzle Cake


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. 

Credit: Tana Ramsey


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 10

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened

  • 225g caster sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 225g self-raising flour

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon

  • For the drizzle:

  • juice 1½ lemons

  • 85g caster sugar