Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Lemon drizzle cake

  • serves 8
  • Easy

A classic afternoon tea lemon drizzle cake that sounds as good as it tastes. If you fancy some enjoyable baking, with a great reward at the end, then this recipe is for you


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  • unsalted butter 225g, softened
  • caster sugar 225g

  • lemons 3 zested and 2 juiced
  • eggs 4 medium, lightly whisked
  • self-raising flour 200g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • ground almonds 50g
  • icing sugar


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin. Beat the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy. Add the lemon zest (reserving some for decoration) and mix well.

  • Step 2

    Whisk the eggs gradually into the butter mixture, beating well between each addition – don’t worry if it curdles. Sift together the flour and baking powder and fold into the cake mixture using a large metal spoon or spatula. Add the ground almonds and 3/4 of the lemon juice and fold until thoroughly combined. Spoon into the prepared cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out without any raw mix on it.

  • Step 3

    Put the cake tin on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile mix together the remaining lemon juice and zest and enough icing sugar to make a runny icing and then drizzle over the top of the cake. Cool in the tin for a further 30 minutes and then remove from the tin and cool completely before serving.

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