Lemon Drizzle Cake

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This cake is tangy and wonderfully moist, it gets better with age and after about a week it is at its best. They make great gifts for people and visitors can never resist the lemony charms of the drizzle cake.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 10 - 15


  1. Heat oven to 180°c.
  2. Put the eggs, milk and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
    the eggs, milk and sugar
  3. Thoroughly whisk them together until the mixture becomes well mixed and foamy.
    the mixed eggs, milk and sugar
  4. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder and then stir it into the liquid mixture until there are no lumps left.
    the batter
  5. Stir in the lemon zest. Then heat the butter (either on the hob or in the microwave) until it has completely melted, then pour it in to the batter and stir until it is completely incorporated.
    the finished cake batter
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin, lined with greaseproof paper.
    the cake batter in the loaf tin
  7. Put the tin into the oven and bake it for 50 minutes.
  8. To test if the cake is done, insert a skewer into the middle and if it comes out clean the cake is ready. When it is cooked, remove it from the oven and leave it in its tin.
  9. To make the drizzle, squeeze the lemon juice through a sieve into a heat-proof pouring jug.
  10. Put the water and sugar into a pan over a medium heat. Bring the mixture up to the boil and boil it for 4 minutes.
    boiling the sugar syrup
  11. Pour the sugar mixture into the jug with the lemon juice and mix them together.
    the drizzle
  12. Pour as much of the lemon drizzle mixture onto the cake as you can and leave the cake to absorb for 20 minutes. If the cake becomes reluctant to absorb any more liquid, stop pouring.
    pouring on the drizzle
  13. Carefully remove the cake from the tin (there may be some of the drizzle left, unabsorbed in the bottom of the tin), transfer it to a wire rack and allow it to completely cool to room temperature
  14. When the cake is cold, slice it and serve.
    the finished lemon drizzle cake
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Useful Information

Can it be frozen? Yes.
Can it be prepared in advance? Yes, it can be finished up to 1 week in advance.
Will leftovers be nice? Yes, for up to 1 week (keep it in an airtight container).


- You could try this cake with orange or lime! Use 2 large oranges or 5 limes.

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