Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake

Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake

The Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake is a fabulous cake known for its light, moist texture and bright, tangy flavor. It’s a quintessentially British cake, often enjoyed with a cup of tea. This cake’s simplicity and refreshing taste make it a favorite for many, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and zest.


For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the Drizzle:

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This usually takes about 3-5 minutes with an electric mixer.
  3. Add Eggs and Lemon Zest:
    • Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
    • Mix in the zest of 2 lemons, which will give the cake its distinctive citrus flavor.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually fold in the self-rising flour, alternating with the whole milk. Start and end with the flour. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  5. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin, spreading it evenly.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Prepare the Drizzle:
    • While the cake is baking, mix the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth.
  7. Drizzle:
    • As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, use a skewer to poke several holes all over the top.
    • Pour the lemon drizzle mixture evenly over the hot cake, allowing it to soak in.
  8. Cool and Serve:
    • Let the cake cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Slice and serve the cake with a cup of your favorite tea.

Tips for Success

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that your butter and eggs are at room temperature before starting. This helps in achieving a smooth, even batter.
  • Lemon Zest: Use a fine grater or zester to avoid the bitter white pith beneath the lemon skin.
  • Drizzle Timing: Pour the lemon drizzle over the cake while it’s still warm from the oven. This ensures that the syrup penetrates the cake, adding moisture and flavor.

Pairing Suggestions

  • Green Tea: A light, floral green tea pairs well, offering a refreshing contrast to the sweet and tangy cake. Our choice is Luxmi Estates Tokyo Green Tea
  • Chamomile Tea: For a calming combination, try pairing your lemon drizzle cake with a soothing cup of chamomile tea. We suggest Harney&Sons Chamomile Tea

And Enjoy!

The Classic Lemon Drizzle Cake is a delightful treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Its light, fluffy texture and vibrant lemon flavor make it a crowd-pleaser, especially when served with a nice cup of tea. Whether you’re hosting a tea party or looking for a delicious dessert, this cake is sure to impress. Enjoy the simplicity and elegance of this timeless bake!

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