Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

A Classic British Bake with a Zesty Twist
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There’s nothing quite like a slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake to brighten up your day. This classic Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe is a delightful blend of zesty lemon and sweet, buttery sponge, perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re enjoying it with a cup of tea or serving it as a dessert, this lemon drizzle cake is sure to impress.


The lemon drizzle cake is a beloved staple of British baking, often associated with the traditional teatime treat. Its popularity soared in the mid-20th century, although recipes featuring lemon in cakes date back to much earlier. The cake’s charm lies in its simplicity and the delightful contrast between the moist sponge and the tangy lemon syrup. This combination has made it a cherished recipe passed down through generations.

Serving Suggestions:

This lemon drizzle cake is best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea or coffee. For a more indulgent treat, serve it with a dollop of clotted cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fresh berries on the side can add a lovely burst of flavor and color to your plate. If you’re feeling fancy, dust the cake with a little extra icing sugar before serving for a beautiful finish.

Storing Instructions:

To keep your lemon drizzle cake fresh, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. It will stay delicious for up to 3 days. If you’d like to keep it longer, you can freeze the cake. Wrap it tightly in cling film and then in aluminium foil before placing it in the freezer. It will keep for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw at room temperature.

Reheating Instructions:

While this cake is typically enjoyed at room temperature, you can reheat individual slices if you prefer them warm. Simply pop a slice in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Be careful not to overheat it, as this can make the cake dry out.


We hope you love making and tasting this lemon drizzle cake as much as we do! It’s a timeless recipe that’s sure to become a favourite in your household. Let us know how your baking turned out by leaving a comment below, and don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family. For more delightful recipes and baking tips, subscribe to our newsletter!

How to Make Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins Rest Time 30 mins Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cooking Temp: 160  °C Servings: 12 Calories: 320 kcal per serving
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Enjoy the perfect blend of sweet and tangy with this classic lemon drizzle cake. Moist, buttery sponge meets a refreshing lemon syrup, making it an irresistible treat for any occasion. Perfect with a cup of tea or as a delightful dessert, this timeless recipe is sure to impress.


For the Cake:

For the Drizzle:


Making the cake

  1. Preheat the Oven

    Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 2lb (900g) loaf tin with baking parchment.

  2. Prepare the Cake Batter

    In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the self-raising flour and fold it into the mixture. Add the lemon zest and milk, and mix until well combined.


  3. Bake the Cake

    Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin and level the top with a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

  4. Prepare the Drizzle

    While the cake is baking, mix the lemon juice and icing sugar in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves completely.

  5. Drizzle the Cake

    Once the cake is out of the oven, let it cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Poke holes all over the top of the warm cake using a skewer or a fork. Pour the lemon drizzle mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak in.

  6. Cool and Serve

    Let the cake cool completely in the tin before removing and slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320kcal
Calories from Fat 135kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 85mg29%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 85mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 600 IU
Vitamin C 10 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin E 1 IU
Vitamin K 1 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting for a smoother batter.
  • For an extra lemony kick, add an additional teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter.
  • If you prefer a crunchier topping, sprinkle some granulated sugar on top of the cake before pouring the drizzle.
  • This cake can be made a day ahead; in fact, it often tastes even better the next day as the flavours have time to meld.
  • Serve with a side of whipped cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt for a delightful contrast.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use margarine instead of butter?

Yes, you can use margarine, but the flavor and texture might be slightly different. Butter tends to give a richer taste.

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

Absolutely! Substitute the self-raising flour with a gluten-free self-raising flour blend. Ensure it includes a raising agent.

What can I use if I don't have caster sugar?

If you don't have caster sugar, you can use granulated sugar. For a finer texture, pulse granulated sugar in a food processor until it resembles caster sugar.

How can I tell if the cake is done?

The cake is done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If there is batter sticking to the skewer, bake for a few more minutes and check again.

Can I use bottled lemon juice for the drizzle?

Fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavour, but bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch.

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Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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