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Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with icing

Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

This easy Lemon Drizzle Cakerecipe is a fail safe, works every time, method. The classic bake, so simple and delicious.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 Slices
Calories 440 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


Cake ingredients

  • 250 g Unsalted butter Plus extra for greasing your tin. See Note 1.
  • 250 g Caster sugar See Note 2.
  • 4 Eggs Medium. See Note 3.
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 3 Lemons Zest only. (Reserve the zested fruit for the juice for the drizzle.) See Note 4.

For the drizzle

  • 100 g Icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease your loaf tin and line it with baking paper.

  2. Put all of the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth.

  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth out. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

For the drizzle:

  1. Whilst the cake is still warm in the tin, use a skewer or thin sharp knife to poke holes all over it.

  2. Mix the icing sugar with enough of the juice of the lemons to make a thin paste. Add the liquid gradually so it stays nice and smooth. (This is normally 1 and half lemons but will depend on how big and juicy they were!)

  3. Pour all over the cake and allow to sink in.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Butter
I like to use unsalted butter for baking as it's flavourless. If you only have salted it will be fine though. It's not vital.

Note 2 - Caster sugar
Golden caster sugar works well here if you have it.

Note 3 - Eggs
Free range please! If you want to be exact and ensure success, weigh them in their shells and they should total about 250g. 

Note 4 - Lemons
If you can buy unwaxed lemons, these are best as you will be eating the zest.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 727IU15%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.