The best lemon drizzle cake. Ever.

Oooh lemon drizzle cake is definitely one of my (many) favourites and of course, my recipe makes the best lemon drizzle cake ever. Or at least I like to think so. After much experimentation and tasting *cough* I like to think that I have finally come up with the best recipe ever. It was hard work, but someone had to do it!

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6oz self raising flour (sifted)

6oz caster sugar

6oz butter

3 medium eggs

1 large unwaxed lemon

teaspoon of caster sugar (separate to the other sugar needed)

teaspoon of icing sugar to decorate

First, pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5 and then grease and line your baking tray. I use a rectangular tray that is approximately 20cm x 25cm but of course this would work just as well with a round tin too. I have even been known to do it in a love heart tin but that’s just me!

Put the butter into a mixing bowl and beat until completely softened then add the sugar and cream together until the mixture goes pale in colour.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add them slowly to the butter and sugar mixture. Just do it a little at a time or else the mixture can split. (If it does split, then adding a little of the flour should fix it. And yes, I am definitely speaking from experience here!)

Add the sifted flour to the mixture and mix together well until smooth but be careful not to over stir.

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Then, take your lemon and zest straight into the bowl. I tend to do this straight over the bowl as not only does it save on washing up, it also means that you don’t lose any of that gorgeous lemon zest as if you are anything like me, it can fly all over the place!

Once zested, cut the lemon in half. Juice one half and stir into the cake mixture. Then juice the other half, add the teaspoon of caster sugar and keep it to one side for now (you’ll need this bit later to make your drizzle.)

Take the cake mixture and put it into the prepared tin, making sure to smooth out the mixture. Then pop it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until it is golden brown. The best test to make sure that it is cooked right through is to stick a knife in and if it comes out clean, it is cooked, if it comes out with mixture on then it needs a little longer. This tip was passed down to me from my Dad and of course the old tricks really are the best!

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Once the cake comes out of the oven, whilst it is still hot, prick all over with a skewer then using a spoon spread over your drizzle mixture set aside earlier and  then leave it to cool completely. Then, once cool I like to sprinkle over a little icing sugar with a sieve to make it look pretty.

Et voila! The best lemon drizzle cake. Ever. It really is wonderfully sharp just as a lemon cake should be but at the same time, deliciously sweet. Enjoy! I know I did!

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About (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

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102 Responses to The best lemon drizzle cake. Ever.

  1. Looks delicious. I am just putting the kettle on. Please save me a slice!!

  2. Ali says:

    This is looking vey yummy, must try but will gluten free it so I don’t miss out.
    Watch it change from light and fluffy to well something else.

    I make one with mashed potatoe sounds horrid but is really nice :)

  3. Alethea says:

    That sounds, and looks, absolutely amazing! I love lemony puds so this may make an appearance in the Wired household very soon.

  4. There’s a lonely looking lemon in the fruit bowl which you’ve just inspired me to use!

  5. Ohhhh now this could be sooo bad for me lol!! Gosh, it looks yummy! May have to make one to take to my Mums, Mmmmmm

  6. Justine says:

    Now you know I like to try out your culinary delights, this could be the next attempt but I am a bit scared of sweets? I’ll give it a go, let you know how I get on.

  7. rozzibee says:

    Oooh, I was gonna make a cake tonight, and I have lemon. Lemon drizzle it is x

  8. shafeena says:

    Looks incredibly yummy ! On my list to make :D

  9. Fran says:

    This looks scrummy, am definately going to try it. Thank you!

  10. Justine says:

    Just about to start!!!!!

  11. Sounds yummy. I do a similar thing with lemon muffins, but have never tried it in a cake before. Thanks for the recipe too!

  12. This looks yummy! I’ve tried a couple of drizzle-cake recipes before though they both weren’t light or “spongey” enough. We’ll give it a try this weekend – I was looking for a nice and easy recipe for an extra Easter cake!

  13. I gave this a try yesterday and it was all gone by 10.00 am this morning. I think we can call that a success! Our six year-old wants me to make another for his kindergarten birthday too. :)
    I didn’t have any self-raising flour but substituted with 6oz of high-grade flour and 1 tspn of baking-powder.

  14. Meg Thomas says:

    Would this work in a loaf tin? I need a recipe for a WI competition and it states a lemon drizzle loaf

  15. naomi says:

    thank you so much i needed a cake recipie sooooo badly and this one looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Sara says:

    Made this with a couple of small limes I had left over from something else – absolutely delicious!!!!

  17. Fiona says:

    Found your recipe on Pinterest this morning and baked it this afternoon. Children home from school and half of it is gone already! Thankyou x

  18. Kay says:

    i baked this for work last week and they loved it. Only problem was it didn’t last long and now they want another one! : )

  19. I too love lemon drizzle cake. I will be making this one for sure

  20. Dee Mattock says:

    I gonna make this yummy looking Lemon Drizzle Cake and at the same time I am gonna see how a Orange Drizzle Cake comes out ;)

  21. Annie says:

    Hey there :) I’ve making this cake for my mummy(it’s mothers day) and I can’t wait to try it! :D

  22. Sabine says:

    Thank you for this gorgeous recipe! It’s a revelation! :)

    Sunny regards from Vienna!

  23. lulu says:

    This looks divine and it taste scrumptious, i recomed this to al lemon lovers! LEMON LEMON LEMON! ;) :)

  24. Hayley Thomas says:

    I am about to make this sounds lovely !

  25. Lesley says:

    This was so delicious can I make it bigger? (so it lasts longer!) and how long should it go in oven?

  26. Reblogged this on my bermondsey kitchen and commented:
    Why improve on perfection? I found this recipe and the only thing I’d say was to add a 1/2 tsp of salt. But that’s the pastry chef in me. (How do you make something sweet taste sweeter? Add salt.) My house is now permeated in the smell of butter & lemon.

  27. I made this last night. Calorific…but just beautiful.

  28. Rozi Dozi says:

    Mine’s been in the oven 10 minutes so far… I couldn’t stop licking the spoon/bowl so I KNOW it’s going to be (mostly) good. I’m so excited… Thanks yum mum x

  29. joanne says:

    i’ve just given this a try and it’s turned out wonderful just a pity i didn’t make two cos it is nearly all gone thank you so much

  30. lulu says:

    hi this is my first time making this cake i am 13 and really enjoy baking sweet and savory. the cake is in the oven now and can not wait to see how it turns out the recipie is really helpfull. i am doin my own twist though i am doing a lemon drizzle but also cutting the cake in half and spreading hmemade lemon curd inside for that extra lemony taste!

  31. Esther says:

    I just finished making mine. I burnt the edges of one of my two cakes a little but now that’s been burnt of it looks deliecious. My mum suggested adding a lemon icing so I’ll try it on one of my two cakes and let you know.

  32. sam says:

    I’ve just made these they are delicious! They have gone down a treat in my house :)

  33. Jessica_M says:

    My sister really wanted a Lemon drizzle cake and is one looked great ! Never made lemon drizzle cake before :) in the oven now :D

  34. Sharon J says:

    Fantastic recipe – made 2 tonight & took one round to my parents who said it really was the best one ever! Thank you.

  35. myteabreak says:

    Amazing recipe. tried this recipe today and it is absolutely delicious… Thanks for sharing…

  36. Hazel says:

    Made this yesterday. All gone by lunch time today. Delicious. Thanks!

  37. Charley westerman says:

    Made this yesterday and it is already gone! The only thing I altered was to add more lemon into the cake mixture but other than that it was perfect!!

  38. Hannah Dunk says:

    Well Done!This is without a doubt the lightest, most moreish, delicious cake! I was hoping to take a couple of slices into work for the girls in my office however I have a feeling it may get devoured by me and my fiancée before the night is through. I must admit I used the juice of a whole lemon as I like it super lemony… DELICIOUS!

  39. Karen P says:

    I was recently pointed in the direction of your recipe – just made my first one and it has officially been renamed Lemon Dribble Cake – absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing x

  40. Julia says:

    I made this just before my extended family came to stay and it turned out amazing! Lots of compliments, thanks for a great recipe :)

  41. perita says:

    Fancied making this to get me through working week yummy! Had loads of small oranges and lemons. and no plain self raising
    using wholemeal instead should be interesting.
    Waiting for it to come out of the oven….

  42. Minty says:

    OMG!!!Best recipe ever!!! my cakes are normally like stone but this one has worked twice in a row!! (i have only made it twice)

  43. Katy says:

    My eight year old daughter found this recipe and now it’s her piece de resistance, her signature dish and even seven year old sister demanded that she make this for her birthday cake. She’s now making Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes for a local village show cake baking competition! Fingers crossed they go down as well with the judges as they do in our house!

  44. Beth says:

    Really nice :D

  45. Lisa says:

    I made two of these last week as part of a charity bakes sale, they were gone in minutes! I didn’t even get to try it myself, but I’m assured it was divine…. it certainly smelt it!!

  46. Tracy Haden says:

    Looks yummy..always great to try a new lemon drizzle recipe!

  47. CostasC says:

    Hate to be a fly in the mixture (!!), but is everybody here talkin’ ’bout the same recipe? I want to try it, but I’m confused. The method refers to adding the sugar and cream together. What kinda cream, and how much? There’s no cream in the list of ingredients, so either the list is incomplete, or else the method is ambiguous. And how come nobody else noticed this – or is it just me being completely anal? The only solution I can think of is that ‘cream’ refers to the ‘creamed’ butter, but that could (and should) have been made a lot clearer. Can someone – anyone, please clarify (pun intended)!!

    Many thanks.

    • Sorry for any confusion but just to be clear, I meant ‘cream’ as a verb rather than an ingredient i.e. the method used to combine the butter and sugar. Maybe this is a colloquialism? Anyhow, I apologise if my recipe or method seems ambiguous in any way :-)

  48. CostasC says:

    Why was my plea for clarification re. the ‘cream’ removed? Did I unwittingly succeed in offending an over-sensitive moderator? My question still stands. Any answers please?

    • Hold your horses! Hope my previous reply was of help?

    • CostasC says:

      Thanks for the ‘clarification’ (Mostly) Yummy Mummy. I suspected the answer might be along those lines, but had to be sure, since another recipe I found does include milk, so cream appeared a plausible ingredient.

      Please ignore or delete my last, which was posted before I saw your reply – must have crossed in cyberspace.

      Anyroad, looking forward to trying out your recipe sometime today, and if you’re remotely interested in the result, I’ll let you know how it turned out. I’ll be using gluten-free s.r.flr, for my daughter’s benefit, since she’s allergic to it, & I want her to try it too.

      Thanks for the recipe.

  49. Joanne Williams says:

    LOVE this recipe, I’ve made it twice since Saturday and it doesn’t even last the day!! Nice and sharp and keeps moist which is great as my cakes always dry out too quick!! Many thanks x

  50. Heather says:

    Can I make into individual cakes using a muffin tin

  51. Kate Hobson says:

    It really is the Best Lemon Drizzle Cake EVER!! Yummylicious. My husband who is an awesome baker was incredibly impressed, result. Thank you

  52. julie thomas says:

    try putting 30g of poppy seeds, really does make an excellent recipe a little different.

  53. Ben says:

    Thanks for this recipe. Made it today and my fiancé says ‘it’s the best lemon drizzle cake I’ve ever tasted!’ and I agree. She’s taking the rest of it into work tomorrow to share with her fellow teachers. I will definitely make this again.

  54. Sally says:

    I’m not sure how this could be called lemon drizzle cake as there is no drizzle. It is usual to drizzle a lemon juice/sugar mixture over the top. Hence the name.

    • Yes that’s right. The drizzle comes from the lemon and sugar that is.. umm.. drizzled over the cake once it is cooked. I’m not sure how you missed this bit but it is within the method :-)

      • Sally says:

        Well I am going to bake it tomorrow but i will also drizzle some extra over the top. Mmmm

  55. Kate and harry says:

    So easy and seriously delicious! We love it

  56. Hazel says:

    So yummy and easy to make! Xxx

  57. Jen Firth says:

    Thanks – made this yesterday, and it was a complete success :-)

  58. sandra says:

    just made it tonight and its already gone! so easy and so amazinglyyyy tasty, absolutely in love with this lemon cake, my boyfriend as well <3

  59. Michelle says:

    Loved the recipe tried it loved it and gotta make one for a bake sale next week its good that it keeps for ages but it dose not last long in my house

  60. Siobhan says:

    I’m just waiting for mine to come out of oven, only thing I’m confused about and I’m probs just being stupid, how do I make the drizzle?xo

  61. Siobhan says:

    Never mind just read someone else’s comment and saw your reply! Woo we will have drizzle lol!

  62. naz says:

    Omg great recipe thanks!!!, my cake came out yummmmyyyy, everyone enjoyed it!!! All gone!

  63. Stacy says:

    This looks lovely, just love lemon cakes! Will be trying this at the weekend for our vintage style family gathering in the garden, if it’s warm and sunny! Thanks!

  64. sarah says:

    Just made this cake for the second time using ur fab recipe! Family are over tomorrow for lemon drizzle and tea :) x

  65. Mimi says:

    Just baked it and it`s AMAZING!! I added another lemon and it came out super lemony, I can`t get enough of it. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I linked it on facebook, couldn`t help myself :-)

  66. Maz says:

    I’ve been using this recipe for the last 3 years and every time I’ve made it, anyone lucky enough to have tried has fallen in love with it! It’s never failed me and I’ll continue to use it for as long as I’m able to bake. Pure Heaven ^___^ <3

  67. Choocha says:

    Hey, great recipe!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Hey! I’ve just made this today…came out of the oven, haven’t tasted it yet though. I am worried it will be too lemony though. I’ll let you know how it’s turned out when I taste it in the evening. It looks good; light and fluffy, I just pray it turns out as good :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Tasted it, it really is delicious! Not too lemony. It tastes a lot like Mr.Kipling’s lemon slices which I love! Thanks for the wonderful recipe :D

  69. JDowd says:

    Just baked this cake and i have to say it tastes fantastic….Thank you so much for sharing this recipe its very easy to follow..Will deff be making this again.xx

  70. kath says:

    you have all convinced me , going in the kitchen to rattle them pots and pans lol x

  71. Kristel George says:

    Made it first time and it was amazing having a go now love more of them k, its im overn now im looking forward to it thank youuu

  72. Spotsandginger says:

    Made it this evening to take to work, and after extensive bowl licking decided to make another! Both were in 2lb loaf tins, both took approx 45 mins @ 190c as stated. My husband & I tried one of the cakes, absolute heaven & so simple. Thank you

  73. Sue says:

    Relatively new to baking, slowly trying different cakes. Been wanting a lemon drizzle recipe and so pleased I came across this one…..very easy to follow. Mine is now out of the oven, looking good, smelling delicious…,wish it would hurry up and cool down so I can taste it! Thank you

  74. Lucie says:

    This cake is absolutely wonderful!! I love lemon but it’s hard to find good cake recipes with a great, strong lemony taste… this one is simply perfect, it’s also easy and fun to do! Thank you so much :)

  75. Suemo says:

    Fab recipe, so easy to follow and the results … OMG!!!! This cake is so moist, light and tasty. I have had so many compliments just from my first attempt. Thanks for sharing x

  76. Going to make this, this afternoon can’t wait it looks so yummy, going to take it into work for a treat tonight and the boyfriend tomorrow :). Going to make it in a 20×20 dish hopefully it will still turn out ok :)

  77. Katep says:

    Thanks Sara,

    I have made this cake 4-5 times now using your recipe znd everytime its gets over within minutes..sometimes we dont even wait for it to cool down completely…truly yummmyy :-)

  78. Ariane says:

    Totes yummy we love it :-)

  79. Debbie says:

    What a wonderfully delishes moist and tangy cake, it only lasted about an hour!!

    • Debbie says:

      I made this with gluten free flour and nobody noticed, so if need be all good to change to gluten free.

      • Costas says:

        Debbie, did you use guar gum to act as a binding agent? I think it’s the recommended method when using gluten-free – which is a good idea by the way.

  80. Caren says:

    I’ve just made your lemon drizzle cake with the kids …… Always make a little extra mix as it saves any arguing about whose licking the bowl/spoons/beaters!!!!!! Husband back from work but the 4 kids didn’t let him have a look in. Can wait for cake to be cool enough for a slice 😁

  81. Celia says:

    Lovely & yummy !!!! Easy to make & bake!! Thank you for sharing your recipe :-)

  82. Mummy Matters says:

    Consider this bookmarked! Lemon drizzle is definitely one of my favourite cakes . . .

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