Lemon Drizzle Cake

I hope you like my take on this classic cake. It’s a favourite in our family. Full of zesty lemon flavour with the softest delicate sponge. We love it sliced with a cup of tea but it’s just as delicious cut into pieces and served with hot custard as a delicious dessert.


225g butter softened

225g caster sugar

275g self raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 large eggs

4 tablespoons milk

Grated zest of 2 lemons ( save a little to sprinkle on top of the cake)

Teaspoon of lemon juice

Lemony syrup topping

125g icing sugar

A few teaspoons of ice cold water

Juice of 2 lemons


Preheat your oven to 180c / 160C fan

Grease and line an 8 inch tin.

Cream together your butter, sugar and eggs together.

Now sift in your flour and baking powder adding the milk and beating until a smooth consistency.

Now fold in your grated zest and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Pop in the oven on the middle shelf for 35 – 40 minutes approximately. Meanwhile, in a pan over a gentle heat stir together your juice of 2 lemons and icing sugar and stir until it forms a syrupy, lemony liquid.

Remove the cake from oven and allow to cool a little but make sure the cake is still warm, then with a skewer pierce the top a few times and pour over the syrup. This will allow the cake to absorb the gorgeous lemony syrup and make it moist and full of lemony flavour. Sprinkle over a little lemon zest.

When completely cool lift out of the tin and settle for a while on a wire rack. Peel off the greaseproof paper and arrange on a fancy plate where I can assure you it will not be for long!