Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Cake

By Ellie Smith

2 years ago

A classic bake that never gets old

Wondering how to make a simple lemon drizzle cake? Try this recipe from organic flour brand Doves Farm, a zesty, light lemon sponge best enjoyed with a cup of tea. 

Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Cake

  • Makes 1 cake
  • Temperature: 190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5
  • Cooking time: 40-45 minutes
  • Equipment: 1kg/2lb loaf tin, saucepan and 2 x mixing bowls


Lemon Cake

  • 175g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 175g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 lemons, unwaxed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Butter, for tin

Lemon Syrup

  • 75g caster sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Lemon Drizzle Topping

  • 1 lemon
  • 100g caster sugar


Lemon Cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 1kg/2lb loaf tin or insert a baking liner.
  3. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Chop the butter into small cubes.
  5. Put the butter cubes into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and beat together until light and fluffy.
  6. Finely grate the lemon rind, add it to the bowl and beat it in.
  7. Beat the eggs one at a time, into the mixing bowl ensuring each is well incorporated before adding the next.
  8. Sieve the prepared flour to the mixing bowl followed by the milk and stir to combine.
  9. Tip the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked. Leave the cake in its tin.

Lemon syrup

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a jug, add more lemon or water, if necessary, to make 75ml liquid.
  2. Pour this into a saucepan, add the sugar and bring to the boil shaking the pan occasionally. Simmer gently for 2 minutes to make a syrup.
  3. Prick all over the surface of the warm cake with a BBQ stick or skewer, pressing right through to the base of the cake.
  4. Pour the syrup slowly all over the surface of the cake and leave to cool in the tin.

Lemon Drizzle Icing

  1. Place a chopping board over the cold cake tin and invert it onto the board.
  2. Using a zester, peel some strands of zest from the lemon and set these aside.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice.
  4. Measure the sugar into a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir to make the drizzle.
  5. Pour the drizzle over the top of the cake and spread it around the sides of the cake with a knife.
  6. Scatter the prepared strands of lemon zest over the cake.
  7. Leave to set before serving.


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