Lemon Drizzle

Ahhh Lemon Drizzle cake, how do I love thee! This my ultimate standby cake recipe as its so easy and quick to bake. I also like to wrap this lemony loaf in baking paper, tied up with string for an austerely chic gift.


175g/ 6oz Butter

175g/ 6 oz Caster Sugar

3 Large Free Range Eggs

175g/ 6oz Self Raising Flour

1 Tsp Baking Powder

Rind of 1 Lemon

Icing :

115g/ 4oz Caster Sugar

2 fl oz Lemon Juice

Set oven to 180 C, grease and line a 8.5” x 4.5” Loaf Tin. If you can, use the ready made loaf liners to save you faffing around with strips of baking paper. Also this looks so nice if you are giving the cake as a gift .

Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature and your preferred radio station is on in the background ( I listened to The Archers Omnibus whilst baking this today ).

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl until it lightens in colour and is lovely and fluffy ( I always use an electric beater but I’m sure my bingo wings could do with the exercise of beating by hand).

Gradually add the caster sugar whilst beating all the time.

Add eggs one at a time with a dash of flour in between each addition.

Sift in flour and baking powder and mix in gently adding the lemon rind as the mixture comes together. The less mixing here the better, as soon as the all the ingredients are incorporated, stop stirring and pour the mixture into the tin.

Give bowl and spoon to child/ husband/ lover/ flat mate to lick – they will be most grateful.

Cook in the middle of the oven for 40 – 50 minutes. Don’t be tempted to open the oven door early as the cake will probably sink and although it will still taste delicious its deflated form may also deflate your mood. Cake is done when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Once the cake is out of the oven looking golden and inviting, make your icing by mixing the lemon juice with the caster sugar. Prick the cake all over with a thin skewer and flood the loaf tin with this tangy mixture.

When the cake is cool the top will have a gorgeous crystalised icing that cracks under light pressure. If the cake is for a gift then wrap in baking paper and string:Image

If not then pop the kettle on, make yourself a brew and slice away!.


  1. Alexandra Mathie says:

    Phroar!!!Thats just rude! I think the test of a good blog is if it evokes the reader to do something – I need to make this cake asap! After Mothers day celebrations, I’ll be in that kitchen making my own Mothers day treat! Canny wait. Loving the blog.Topmarks for your Lemony wallpaper also!! Your Biggest fan – 2nd to Mr Love of course. Alex.xxx

  2. Dear Miss Lemony Love,
    Your very lemony lemon drizzle cake went down a treat this afternoon with a cup of lemongrass and ginger tea. I’m now eyeing off those rosemary friands!
    Keep up the Sunday baking sessions for Mr Love.

    • Thanks Amy, I’m giddy that you have baked and enjoyed ‘The Drizzle’, its always such a winner. The rosemary friands have nearly all been wolfed down by my work colleages and its only 11am……
      Lemony x

  3. Alex mathie says:

    Righto!! Finally I’m doing it! As part of mum mums bday pressie and an understated and chic bday cake (she hates birthdays). Just got the little one to sleep so off I go! Can’t wait for the results (not sure I’ll be able to wait until tomorrow, he he).

Lemony loves comments!

%d bloggers like this: