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Oct 182012

I know, I know..it’s been done to death and you can’t beat Mary Berry’s.

Ah, you see that’s where I beg to differ. Being a big fan of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) I have dutifully bought Paul Hollywood’s book ‘How to Bake‘ which, I have to say, is bloody marvellous! And in it is a Lemon Drizzle recipe that produced the best I’ve ever baked. Sorry Mary, but there it is.

So, being of generous spirit I thought I would share this marvel with you and let you judge for yourselves.

lemon drizzle cake


To make this tablet of lemony gorgeousness you need to preheat your oven to 180ºC (160 fan).  Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.  Then beat together 75g soft unsalnted butter and 125g caster sugar until light and fluffy.  This can take a long time, so keep going with it.  Mixing all the time, add 150g self-rasing flour, 1tsp baking powder, 2 medium eggs, 1 tbsp lemon curd and 2½ tbsp full-fat milk.

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for about 40 mins or until a skewer comes out cleanly from the mixture.

For the drizzle, mix the juice and fine zest of one unwaxed lemon with 2tbsp granulated sugar.  Pour this over the hot cake when it comes out of the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.  Sometimes I skewer a few holes over the cake top to help the drizzle sink in.  Other times I just leave it to get even more topping the cake.  I’ll leave that conundrum to you.

Another addendum: use icing sugar instead of granulated. Same amount or judge it by gloopiness…you know what I mean…


Jackie’s suggestion from the comments to this post and my son’s demand for smaller cakes, called me to try this recipe as muffins.  The mixture made 10 muffins (1 ice cream scoop per case) and I baked them for 18-20 mins.  I let them cool before I poured on the lemon glaze.  To make this I warmed the juice and zest before adding 3 tbsp icing sugar.  They turned out pretty well and, if you’re interested, come in at 192 calories per muffin.  Not too bad for the cake world!  Now, I have to say my personal preference is a slice of the loaf cake, but these are great for taking to village fetes and the like and still taste just as wonderful.  Oh, and my kids preferred them but that’s because I let them squirrel them off  to the playroom with a bowl rather than make them sit up to the table.  So fickle…..

Addendum 3 (yes, three!) Try orange curd and orange drizzle….

Lemon drizzle cake


  12 Responses to “Lemon Drizzle Cake”

  1. I love this cake too but for some reason it always sinks in the middle, any tips or thoughts? :)

    • Hmm…oven too hot? I have a fan oven and mine was fine but a lot of people say fan ovens can be the culprit…also sometimes over mixing can knock the air out too much.

      Different recipes can get different results too…it seems to be a bit of a lottery.

      Not much help, am I?! X

    • My first attempt sunk too! I then used a food processor and put all the ingredients(wet & dry) pulsed for 5 seconds scraped around the bowl and pulsed for a further five seconds. Then into the lined loaf tin and forty five mins later gorgeously risen and golden………so easy……no beating for ages. I think the sinking was due to overbeating when the flour was added maybe knocking the air out.

  2. I have made
    a few Lemon Drizzles lately and this one is easily the winner so tasty. I also added a lemon drizzle topping to it ( Icing sugar, Lemon juice and rind)

    • Ooh – I am going to try that next time, great suggestion! I have had loads of compliments about this cake, it really is a great recipe. Thanks for commenting!

  3. [...] tried a few recipes and in the end, fell back on my lemon drizzle cake recipe for the sponge.  Then, for the icing, I mixed 200g sifted icing sugar with the juice of one lemon [...]

  4. Lidl are great for unwaxed lemons and often have them on offer, and they are very good quality!

  5. I made double quantity of Paul’s lemon drizzle cake and it has been the best I have baked! Lovely and light, not ‘eggy’ which I have had with another recipe, so this is the ONE in future.

  6. I love that Lemon drizzle cake recipe, every time I make it it goes so quickly.

    I really like the how to bake book, we actually have 2 copies but 1 is signed x

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