Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

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Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time1 hours
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories527 Kcal26%
Fat21 g30%
Saturated Fat12 g60%

Lemon drizzle cake is such a classic afternoon treat and this special version using a ring mould makes an extra special Easter recipe the whole family will enjoy this year.

Whether you’re entertaining for guests or just want something sweet as a treat with a cup of tea in the afternoon this Easter, this super sweet lemon drizzle cake is a great recipe to try.



  • 200g (7oz) plain flour
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar, plus 2tbsp
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 125g (4½oz) soft, unsalted butter
  • juice and zest 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 1 large egg and 2 large yolks
  • ½ x 284ml carton buttermilk

For the drizzle

  • 6tbsp icing sugar, sifted
  • juice 1 lemon

You will need

  • 1.2 litre (2pt) Kugelhopf mould, well oiled, or a 15cm (6in) square tin, lightly greased and fully lined with parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 160 C fan, 350F, gas 4. Sieve the flour, sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs.
  2. Beat remaining ingredients (except the lemon juice) in a bowl. Add to flour mixture, beating. Pour into mould.
  3. Bake the cake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Skewer holes all over the surface of the cake.
  4. Mix the lemon juice and 2tbsp caster sugar and pour over the hot cake. Cool in the tin.
  5. Whisk drizzle ingredients in a bowl until smooth, pouring consistency. If too thin, add more sugar. Drizzle over the cake to serve.
Top Tip for making Lemon Drizzle Cake

To freeze make cake to end of step 4. Wrap in foil to freeze. Defrost thoroughly and complete step 5.