Recipe: Tana Ramsey’s (easy-peasy) Lemon Drizzle cake

It’s Monday morning. Ugh. It’s raining. Double ugh. There’s only one thing that’ll cheer J and me up…. Baking a cake!!!

I like to think of myself as a bit of a lemon drizzle cake coinesseur. I certainly eat enough of it – actually we all do. I’m not too bad at making it either, and this recipe is virtually fool-proof, unless, like me, you get distracted by Twitter and leave it in the oven too long. Therefore this recipe comes with a warning… *Absolutely no social media interaction to take place during the baking process.




  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping:

  • Juice of 1½ lemons
  • 85g caster sugar



  1. Heat oven to 180C.
  2. Beat together the softened unsalted butter and the caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift in the flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spatula or spoon.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a thin skewer or sharp knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. With the cake still cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle.
  7. Prick the warm cake all over with a fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.
  8. Leave in the tin until completely cool. Remove and then serve.




  1. February 27, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve made this before and it is amazing! Thank you for the recipe reminder!

    • February 27, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      No worries! It’s sooo easy too 🙂

  2. February 28, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Excellent! I’ve lost the recipe I used to use so thanks so much, you’ve made my day #MMBC

    • February 28, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Glad to hear it. Mine’s nearly all gone already! Enjoy 🙂

  3. March 2, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Hi Catherine, OoOOoo I do enjoy a nice slice of tangy lemon drizzle cake. It is such a simple recipe to follow, perfect for getting little helpers to muck in too.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  4. March 2, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Oh we do love a bit of lemon drizzle cake! I bet Jessica had fun helping too 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to #MMBC. Hope to see you next week xx

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