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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Updated on September 24, 2012

Delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Lemons are very rich in Vitamin C, but can be too tangy to eat on their own. The Lemon Drizzle Cake is a perfect addition to your afternoon tea. It has a lovely zing to the taste, and goes well with a cup of iced tea or coffee. I remember eating something very similar to this when I was a child. And I have always loved the taste since then.

There are various methods on how to make this cake. You can either make a two tier sponge or if you prefer, a full sized cake in a tin. Either way, the ingredients are the same. Of course if you wish to make a larger or smaller cake, then adjust the ingredients accordingly. You don't have to use Lemons. You can change the main ingredient to oranges. This is actually really nice.

So, now you have decided which fruit you want to use its time to get all your ingredients and tools together.

Preheat the oven to 160 C/325 F. Or gas mark 3. Then get yourself a 2lb loaf tin, or anything that is similar in size. A round cake tin will do if you want to make a two tiered version. You can either grease it or line it with greaseproof paper, it is entirely up to you.


Finely grate the rind of 2 lemons

175g/6 oz/ Or 12 tbsp Caster Sugar

225g/80z/ Or 1 cup Unsalted butter, softened, salted will do if you don't have any unsalted.

4 eggs

225g/8oz/ 2 Cups of self raising flour

5Ml/1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp salt

Shredded rind of 1 lemon, to decorate

Now for the Syrup

Juice of 1 lemon

150/50z/3/4 cup Caster Sugar

This recipe will serve 6

Now the oven is warm, on to the cooking. First of all cream the butter with the lemon and sugar. Make sure you give it a good whisk. Then add the eggs and mix until smooth. Then get a separate bowl and sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Now, gently fold a third at a time into the lemon mixture.

Now, turn the batter mixture into the tin, and make sure to smooth the top off.

Then bake for 1 1/2 hours or until golden brown and springy to the touch. Obviously check your cooker settings before you start, as everyone is slightly different. Keep checking to make sure it doesn't get over cooked.

Make the Syrup

Slowly heat the juice with the sugar and dissolve it gently. Now, get a knife or fork and either slash the top of the cake, or make holes with the fork. This is to make sure that the syrup soaks into the cake. Once you are happy with this, gently pour the syrup over the sponge.

To add that final touch

Sprinkle the shredded lemon rind, and 5ml/1 tsp of granulated sugar on top. And then all you have to do is wait for it to cool.

To bake The Cake as a Two Tier Sponge

Prepare the ingredients as above. But for this sponge you will have a filling.


2 Free range egg yolks

75g/2/34 oz Caster sugar

50g/1/34 oz Unsalted butter

2 Lemons, juice and zest

100g/3/2 oz mascarpone

Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a pan over a low to medium heat until melted.

Add butter, lemon juice and zest and continue to cook, make sure you whisk it for at least 4-5 minutes.

You will be able to tell when it is ready because the mixture will be thick and smooth. When it is ready leave to cool.

To add the mascarpone, use a metal spoon and fold the mascarpone into the mixture. This will leave it with a marbled affect.

Marscapone is an Italian triple cream cheese that can be used for tiramisu, and other cakes and puddings. Lemons are one of the most popular ingredients to use with it. But it can also be used for savoury cooking.

Take the cooked sponge that has been soaked in syrup and very gently cut it in two. Then spread the filling over the bottom layer of cake. Leave to cool. If it is not eaten at once, it can be placed in the fridge.



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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks moonlake, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This looks good adding it to my cake board and voting up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi indian cooking, thanks so much, and I am glad you like it, nell

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      Sonia Sood 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Could be a nice accompaniment for tea. Pinned!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi John, sorry I totally missed this, I do apologise. Lol! I love lemon too! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nell, I love lemmon! I love lemmon cake and I love lemmon on fish and on just about everything under the sun. ---And, I love your article on this wonderful food.

      Voted up


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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Cyndi, yes its so yummy, I eat the whole lot! haha! thanks!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Lemon deserts, or any desert that has a tartness to it gets my vote. Looks like a must try desert.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks unknown, glad you liked it, nell

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      DElicious recipe Nell! thanks for sharing this!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Ingenira, nice to see you, and I am glad you liked it, thanks!

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Looks so delicious ! I am going to try it. Thanks !

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Vellur, glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi tillsontitan, it is delicious, I often make it, and eat the lot! lol! thanks as always, nell

      Hi Jools, lol! hide it from hubby and eat it all yourself! thanks!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      This looks and sounds sooo good! Lemon is always refreshing and makes a nice cake. You've described it so well and made the 'making' look easy. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell, definitely one of my faves! I made it at home about 6 weeks ago but it never lasts long in this house! I think I got one miniscule slice - hubby ate the rest.

      Voted up etc.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Deliciously mouth watering. Loved your cake.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Lol! thanks Linda!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delicious hub! We're even. Now I'm hungry!! :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Coolmon, nice to see you, and thank you for reading it, I love lemon cake, I seem to be making a lot of it at the moment! lol cheers nell

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I like lemon cake and I will bookmark this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi SJK, thanks for reading, hope it turns out well! mine was really nice, wonder if I can cook it like that again? lol cheers nell

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Great looking recipe. I will definitely add it to my file.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jenny, lemon is lovely at this time of the year, I have been making so many cakes recently I am definitely going to put on weight! lol thanks so much nell

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      Jenny Rose 6 years ago from Northeast USA

      Hi Nell, and thanks so much for this's definitely on my to-make list. Anything lemon is so refreshing this time of the year. I see someone else didn't know what caster sugar is and thanks for explaining. Nothin' says lovin' like something HOMEMADE from the oven!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, you always manage to make me laugh! lol I could never remember how to pronounce scones, I usually say, scowns! with a common londonish accent! I say londonish, because it is a few miles away, but I still got the tang! thanks again nell

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      lilyfly 6 years ago

      Caster sugar! I haven't heard that since the last time I heard scones said correctly, scones as in on, which I insist on saying, and bugger the little brutes if they don't know, anyway!Haha! Lovely recipe, sweetpea... lily

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, what me?! lol yes I do attack the kitchen sometimes, I used to cook properly years ago, and now my son has moved out boredom has made me start again! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, alicia, yes mascarpone is great for adding to cakes etc, I love cheesecake so I thought this would be a great add, cheers nell

      Hi, tebo, thanks for reading, it really is delicious, cheers nell

      Hi, Peggy, yes that's right, I can't stand cakes that get dry to quickly, stick in the mouth and behind the teeth! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, Case, lol I know exactly what you mean, I used to have a sign in my kitchen that stated 'I cook very balanced meals, you have a 50/50 chance of recovery!' ha ha cheers nell

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      A lovely recipe- but my cake making is poor. Eat it whilst it is warm as it will be stale when it cools!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      If my mother was still alive, I'd be making this for her. She had the proverbial sweet tooth in this house. Nice thing about this good sounding lemon drizzle cake is that it would be moist. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Sounds delicious Nell. I do like lemon flavoured baking. Must try this recipe, thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love lemon flavoured desserts too! The sponge with the filling sounds especially delicious. Thanks for telling us about mascarpone - I didn't know what it was! I like cream cheeses very much, so I must try using mascarpone. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      From the girl who does not cook, this suspiciously looks like a recipe, my friend~ I love anything lemon!!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Christopher, glad you like it, you have a chef? ha ha thanks nell

      Hi, Tatara, thanks for stopping by, cheers nell

      Hi, Dardia, I know just what you mean! lol I need to go on a diet badly! thanks again nell

      Hi, Martie, eccles? what a great idea! are you sure you don't want me to take them? ha ha seriously he would take my Lemon Drizzle cake then wave me goodbye on the train! lol thanks again nell

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my word, I better never tell David about your existence half and hour away from him. He will pay an arm and a leg for cake. Tomorrow is his birthday. I’ve ordered cake, including his favorite eccles, to be delivered to him. He will be so surprised! If I had read this hub of yours two days ago I might have asked you to.... no-no-no... let me keep you far away from him. Lol! That Lemon Drizzle Cake looks absolutely delicious!

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      Darlene Yager 6 years ago from Michigan

      That sounds delicious! I will have to try it. My husband and son love it when I bake. I haven't done much of it lately because I eat it too and I want to lose some weight. Maybe I can make a small one. :)

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      Tatara 6 years ago from Asia

      Yummy, Ms.Nell. Perfect for teatime indeed!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I will give your recipe to my chef Nell. It looks absolutely delicious.


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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Koffee, thanks for reading, I have been eating loads of it today! lol

      Hi, Pras, thanks as always, glad you like it, cheers nell

      Hi b. Malin, glad you liked it, thanks nell

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      How Refreshing and Yummy Neil. Lemon Drizzle Cake and it sounds so SEXY too.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia looks delicious. I love lemon and I love this recipes. Like other comments. You make me hungry, Nell. Do you have some more for me? Rated up as usual. Cheers...


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nell, it sounds absolutely delicious.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Ruby, I suddenly got the urge for something lemon! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, Phyllis, I made it yesterday, and even though I am not much of a cook it was lovely! thanks again nell

      Hi, Gracie, thanks for reading, I hope it turns out okay, it is lovely, cheers nell

      Hi, Kath, hope it brings back memories! my mum was the best cook, but I am sadly lacking! ha ha but even I managed not to make a mess of it! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, Merlin, I am still working on the immoral and illegal! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, Mary, Oh no! I know how you feel, my oven packed up over a year ago, and I was going mad until I got my new one, microwaves can only do so much! lol thanks again nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I'll send you some in the post! lol I am just getting back into cooking, I forgot how much fun it was, as there is only me to cook for now, I can experiment! lol thanks again nell

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Your lemon drizzle cake sounds yummy Nell, so I hope that you have saved me some!

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      Sister Mary 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi Nell, my 14 year old daughter makes a fantastic lemon cake just like this. Now you have given me the munchies but unfortunately my oven gave up and we are awaiting a new one. Bought cakes are never so good as home made ones made with love!

      Looking forward to the cranberry muffin hub.Thanks for the bright start to the day.

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills


      I suspect you are a bit like me... Everything we like is either immoral, illegal or just plain fattening !

      I think I’ll have to try this one although I suspect it breaches at least two of the above !

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      This is like the one my grandma used to make, love it! Thanks so much for sharing since I don't know what ever happened to the recipe! Voted up!

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      GracieLake 6 years ago from Arizona

      Oh! This looks fabulously yummy. Thanks for posting. I'm going to make this ASAP.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Up and Useful! Your Lemon Drizzle Cake sounds wonderful, Nell Rose. I can taste it now with a cup a cup of tea -- perfect afternoon treat. I think I will serve it at my next family tea. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love anything with a lemon taste. Looks good and not too difficult to make. Thank you Nell.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sally, sounds like the kind of thing I would do! ha ha I have made a batch of the cranberry ones today, but not tried them yet, as its late, if they are horrible I won't publish the hub! ha ha

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I make all kinds off muffins - regular and mini-sized too. I was making a batch of blueberry muffins last week, and I added what I thought were dried blueberries to the batter. After reading the fine print -- they were crnaberries with infused blueberry juice. Tasted OK, but I will read the packaging more carefully next time.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I suddenly had the urge for lemons! so I found this recipe out, and I am definitely going to make one tomorrow, thanks claire, Pamela and thelma for reading it, hope you like it!

      Hi, Sally I am just finishing a hub about muffins! lol cranberry ones! funny how nobody seems to know about caster sugar, must be called something different in the States, cheers nell

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Oh my! Like Pamela99, I love anything with lemon. Glad to see the explanation to Will about caster sugar. I had never heard it either. Thanks for teaching me so many new/useful things today!! I wonder if I could adapt this to muffins. My kiddos are on a muffin kick right now. So easy (and tidy) for a snack.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Great recipe! I would love to try this. Voted Up and bookmarked.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I love lemon anything and your cake looks fantastic. Thanks for the recipe as I will definitely try it out. Rated awesome.

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      dashingclaire 6 years ago from United States

      Nell Rose this cake sounds so good. Best part is lemons are so available now. Certainly on my list to try.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Thanks guys, and I am glad you got it Will, sorry I should have explained, cheers nell

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      healthp 6 years ago

      Great Recipe Nell

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      I bet this is delicious. Thank you!

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      Your making me hungry. These look so good.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Sounds great. Thanks!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Got it! Thank you.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Yummy, scrummy! Thanks Nell!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, RTalloni, I should think coconut oil is okay, butter when it is warm is a similar texture, good luck with it, and thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, Will, thanks for reading, caster sugar is very very fine sugar, you can use normal sugar or just grate it up, it can also be called superfine sugar, okay? thanks again nell

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What is 'caster' sugar?

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh baby, that sounds good!

      Maybe I could try substituting coconut oil for the butter...