The Best Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

The Best Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe


My go-to cake for nearly every occasion where I need to whip something together last minute, this Lemon Drizzle cake never disappoints. I believe it’s originally a Nigella Lawson recipe, but I found it here. It’s completely foolproof, utterly delicious and easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.


- The Cake

  • 125g unsalted butter

  • 175g caster sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 175g self-raising flour

  • pinch of salt

  • 4 tablespoons of whole milk

  • a 2lb loaf tin

  • Baking Parchment

- The Syrup

  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons

  • 100g icing sugar

- The Glaze

  • juice of a lemon

  • 150g icing sugar



  • Preheat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas 4

  • Grease your loaf with butter and then line with baking parchment.

  • Cream together the butter and sugar until combined and light in colour.

  • Add the lemon zest and eggs, beating together well.

  • Carefully add the flour and salt, folding in gently.

  • Add the milk and mix thoroughly, but being careful not to over-mix.

  • Spoon the batter into your prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).

  • 5 minutes before the cake is done, make your syrup by putting the lemon juice and icing sugar into a saucepan and heating gently until the sugar has dissolved.

  • As soon as the cake is out of the oven, skewer all over and slowly pour over the syrup.

  • Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from tin.

  • For the glaze, mix up the lemon juice and icing sugar and slowly pour over the cake.

  • I then like to the top mine with a sprinkling of lemon zest, but this is up to you!

This really is the most perfect, fool-proof Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe. Let me know if you try it out!

Eliza x

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