How to Make: Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Cutting lemon drizzle cake

Autumn calls for warm cakes and hot cups of tea. And I cannot tell you how ready I am for it! I finally have an excuse to take my jumpers and oversized scarfs out of the bottom of my wardrobe. Truth is, even though I enjoyed the superb sunny weather we’ve had in the UK for the last couple of months, I must admit I certainly missed the cool breeze and autumnal crisp air. And of course the crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, nice smelling candles and warm comfort food!

Halloween may be around the corner but there is nothing scary about this cake. Following Sam’s mum’s award-winning recipe, I recently treated myself to a super easy to bake lemon drizzle cake. This light and effortless recipe is incredibly easy to follow, requires only a handful of ingredients and serves up to 10 slices. Served either warm or at room temperature, it’s moist, rich in taste and perfect to have with a hot cuppa. You can thank me later…

Lemon loaf cake soaking in lemon juice

Lemon drizzle cake ingredients

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Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

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This light and easy lemon drizzle cake recipe is incredibly simple to follow, requires only a handful of ingredients and serves up to 10 slices. Served either warm or at room temperature, it's moist, rich in taste and perfect to have with a hot cuppa. You can thank me later...
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:45 mins
  • Serves:10
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

  • Calories 270
  • Fat 11.3g
  • Saturates 1.75g
  • Protein 3.53g
  • Carbs 41.06g
  • Sugars 25.41g
  • Salt 0g
  • Fibre 0.83g
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Caster Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs (optional: Free Range)
  • ½ Cup Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 1½ Cups Self-Raising Flour (optional: use Gluten Free Flour to make it a Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake)
  • Finely Grated Zest of 1 Lemon
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • Lemon Drizzle Topping: ¼ Cup Caster Sugar and the Juice of 2 Lemons
  • To Bake: Greaseproof Paper, Loaf Tin
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF (Fan).
  2. Mix the olive oil and caster sugar in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat well until smooth, making sure there are no lumps.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after adding each of them.
  4. Grate the zest of a lemon and add to the lemon cake mixture along with the self-raising flour, milk and salt. Once again, whisk well until you’re left with a nicely smooth lemony batter.
  5. Put baking paper in the loaf tin and pour in the mixture evenly. Remember it will rise!
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 45min until golden brown. Feel free to leave it longer if it’s still not completely baked (use a toothpick to check).
  7. In the meantime, make the lemon drizzle topping by mixing together the remaining caster sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk well until you’re left with a smooth lemony syrup.
  8. When ready, take the cake out of the oven and pour the lemon drizzle topping over while still warm, so the lemon cake soaks it up.
  9. Leave the lemon drizzle cake to cool in the loaf tin. Once cooled, lift the cake out of the tin, slice and enjoy!

Drizzling lemon juice over lemon loaf cake

Simple lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

There you go, a super easy lemon drizzle cake that can be done in the same time it takes to watch an episode of Stranger Things. Just try not to finish it in the same time!

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44 comments

  1. Peanuts & Cacahuetes

    I never tried a lemon cake but this one looks soooo yummy!! I will add it to my (endless) list of recipe to try!
    I’m always up for a new cake recipe 😊
    Thank you for sharing!!

    Laura
    https://peanutsandcacahuetes.com/

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much, Laura! You need to try it, it’s incredible! And so easy to make! x

      Reply

  2. Ellie

    Lemon drizzle cakes are so good, this one looks amazing! I will have to try out the recipe, thank you x

    My recent post: https://lifeofellabella.blogspot.com/2018/10/5-quotes-that-inspire-me.html

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Ellie! I agree, they are sooooo good! x

      Reply

  3. Amber

    Looks incredible! I’d try it if I wasn’t going on a sugar cleanse!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks, Amber! x

      Reply

  4. Lucy

    This is one of my favourite cakes. Thanks for sharing the recipe, now I can bake it myself!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Lucy! 🙂 x

      Reply

  5. Tina

    Ooh, this sounds yummy! Like a more lemony pound cake! Will have to try it!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Absolutely, let me know if you like it! x

      Reply

  6. Lucy

    I really do love lemon drizzle cake! I think I may have to try this recipe! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Definitely, hope you like it! x

      Reply

  7. marie aygat

    Lemon drizzle is like one of my fav. I recently made one and I think my partner and I ate the whole thing in less than 24 hours. Your lemon drizzle look as yum as mine 🙂

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks Marie! I’d love to try your recipe as well! x

      Reply

  8. Cat

    Actually never made one but it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Cat! You need to try it, it’s delicious! x

      Reply

  9. What Lexie Loves

    Ooo now I’m craving lemon drizzle!! I think I’m going to make this today or tomorrow, as it’s looks amazing.

    Lexie x
    http://www.whatlexieloves.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Lexie! Hope you like it 🙂 x

      Reply

  10. Via Singh

    I avoid baking as I want to avoid sugar. But I do treat myself sometimes. But your cake is looking so yummy I want to eat it all. I love all type of cakes. I liked that egg is optional as I am a vegetarian and don’t eat egg. Lovely yummy post!

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Via! Unfortunately, you do need eggs to bake this cake. The optional part refers to using organic eggs rather than non-organic ones. However, I do have a yummy recipe for flourless and dairy-free banana and oat pancakes you can try out – https://blushrougette.com/food-and-drink/in-the-kitchen/banana-oat-pancake-recipe/ ! Hope you like it 🙂 x

      Reply

  11. Jo

    Love lemon drizzle cake!! I usually use Mary Berry’s traybake recipe but can never quite get it right as a loaf cake so will try this one for sure!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks, Jo! Let me know your thoughts once you try it! x

      Reply

  12. Deborah Kos

    I have never tried this cake. It really looks so delicious and sounds heavenly too.

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks, Deborah! You should definitely try it, it’s delicious! x

      Reply

  13. Cockney

    This looks amazing once I am slim again I will try this lol. Thank you xx

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Hahaha, cake is always a good excuse in my opinion 🙂 x

      Reply

  14. John Quinn

    My rule is if it’s got lemon it’s delicious. Looks like a very easy recipe. One we will have to have a go. Thank you

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Lemon makes everything better! 🙂 x

      Reply

  15. Lyd

    I wasn’t expecting to see olive oil in a lemon drizzle cake but I bet it keeps it extra moist! Your photos are so sharp too, it looks like I could just reach through my screen and take a piece (or two!)

    Lyd- whatlyddid.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Glad you like it, Lyd! I actually believe olive oil is much better than butter in this case – it keeps in the moist and doesn’t make the texture as sticky! x

      Reply

  16. Jane Palmen

    Photos look super tempting! Great to have a recipe that’s easy but tasty. Love the Gluten Free options too. Can’t wait to make it!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thank you, Jane 🙂

      Reply

  17. Hanna Rose

    This looks like the most gorgeous lemon cake and yet your recipe is so simple! Because it looks so yummy, I honestly have thought it would take a lot more time, effort and ingredients to make.

    This is so up my street and looks well worth the 270 calories! The gluten free flour substitute idea is pure genius.

    I would probably double the ingredients, make two and freeze one.

    The only thing I would adapt slightly for my taste is to try and get some vanilla in there somewhere as well.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Great post!

    Hanna x

    missbeautysaver.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much, Hanna! Vanilla sounds like a great idea, I might actually have to try it! x

      Reply

  18. Alice

    Lemon Drizzle cakes are one of my favourites!!! I haven’t made one for a long time, but I would definitely try this recipe.

    Alice // sullialice.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you, Alice! Let me know your thoughts when you try the recipe 🙂 x

      Reply

  19. Geraldine

    Mmm I have never made anything like this. But it looks SO TASTY! I do like lemon so it’s another recipe I’d try! I’d drizzle the heck out of that cake 🤣

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Hahahaha thank you so much! Glad you liked it 🙂 x

      Reply

  20. Tee

    I would love to try this recipe. I love lemon cake. My only problem is I’d probably end up eating it all.

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Hahaha that is not a problem at all! 🙂 x

      Reply

  21. Asher

    This recipe is really well led out and easy to follow!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! x

      Reply

  22. Kim

    One of my mum’s favourites is lemon drizzle cake, thanks for sharing your recipe. The cake looks delicious!

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Kim! x

      Reply

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