Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

This super simple, classic lemon cake can easily impress. It’s difficult not to demolish in just one sitting, why not make two and freeze one for later?

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Easy
  • Serves: 10

For the cake:

225g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g self-raising flour
1 lemon, zested

For the drizzle topping

1½ lemons, juiced
85g caster sugar

STEP 1

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

STEP 2

Beat together the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.

STEP 3

Sift in the self-raising flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined.

STEP 4

Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

STEP 5

Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

STEP 6

While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the lemons juice and caster sugar to make the drizzle.

STEP 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.

STEP 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.