Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

Here we have a wonderfully Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe, my lovely friend Melanie shared it with me 18 months ago.  

Thank you.

It also  won a competition with Homepride and was published in Freds 50th Book!

A real classic lemon cake recipe, I make it all the time, do you like Lemon in a Cake?

It a super soft sponge, baked, then skewered and a light zingy lemon syrup is poured over it whilst warm to make it super lemony and very moist. So good 

So many thanks to Melanie for this classic!

Lemon Drizzle Cake



Who doesn’t love a classic Lemon Drizzle Cake?

It’s so moist, so easy and so tasty, it’s a real winner. Who doesn’t love a classic Lemon Drizzle Cake?

There are many many recipes for Easy Lemon Drizzle Cakes in books and on the net but I promise you this is amazing! 

A really Zesty lemon and a moist sponge!! 

I imagine that you could also make it with oranges and limes or maybe a combination?

Maybe you could call it St Clements Drizzle Cake then?

I have to say though I love this traditional Lemon Drizzle! (although I’m tempted by Lime Drizzle cake I have to say)

Whenever I go to a new client or friends house and I need to take a cake.

It’s normally this one or maybe my Cherry Maderia, but for sure it’s  one of them.

A classic first bake type of cake!

I wrap in brown paper and tie with a lovely ribbon!

Makes the most perfect homemade gift!


Topping Your Lemon Drizzle Cake 

And if you want to make this lemon cake even more special try adding a tub mascarpone mixed with icing sugar and lemon juice to taste,  for a special topping!!

It’s really delicious, but its also wonderful without too ….



Gluten Free Lemon Cake? 

Yes simply replace the flour with your favourite gluten free flour and you’re away 


How long can you store your Lemon Drizzle Cake? 

Well I reckon up to 5 days in a sealed cake tin, but to be quite honest I’m not sure it will last that long 


Can I freeze my Lemon Drizzle Cake?

Yes yes yes you can 

Wrap it in greaseproof paper then foil and pop it in the freezer 

It will keep for a month 

When you want it, simply remove from the freezer and defrost at room temperature


Loaf Liners for loaf Cakes?

Also before I forget, have you discovered loaf liners yet?

Oh they are fantastic, you can say ‘bye’ to trying to line a loaf tin!

I love them, so easy and you can find them in most supermarkets and they are not expensive either

Your cakes never stick!! 


Other Lemon Cake Bakes 

You may also fancy these Little Lemon Cupcakes too!

Go on have a look i think most people love lemon?!

A safe bet in my book…

Little Lemon Cupcakes

Have a go and let me know how you get on with this lovely Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Please drop us a comment below the blog post, I love getting your comments!!

Thanks Cx


Cherry Madeira Cake 

Oh and here’s the Cherry Maderia I was talking about, my Cherry Maderia


Cherry Madeira


A classic first bake type of cake!

Hope you enjoy 

Much Love Clare x

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 548kcal
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Traditional Lemon Drizzle Cake - you can't beat it!


  • 6 oz soft butter
  • 9 oz Self Raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 9 oz caster sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 3 lemons grated
  • 9 oz Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • This makes a lot of drizzle - you can easily half drizzle mix
  • Tub mascarpone mixed with icing sugar and lemon juice to taste for a special topping - really delicious but its also wonderful without


  • Line and grease tin, use a  2llb loaf tin, perfect
  • Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy then add eggs slowly, fold in the flour and slacken with milk
  • Add grated lemon rind.
  • Pour in tin and bake on 150-170C depending on oven, for 40 mins depending on tin size!! and firm to touch
  • Mix the juice of 3 lemons with the caster sugar & icing sugar and heat till warm on stove or microwave!
  • When cake comes out of oven prick with skewer and drizzle lemon icing on top - leave till cool.
  • Totally optional - It's nice to finish off by beating mascarpone with juice of half remaining lemon and a little more icing sugar.
  • Go on have a slice 🙂 Cx


****All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake
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% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. This is such a good recipe – best lemon drizzle cake I’ve made. Definitely in my repertoire now!

  2. never tasted cake this nice , just in heaven??

  3. George’s absolute fave, and that’s saying something because my child LOVES cake!!! X

    1. oh i’m pleased my godson loves cake <3 x

  4. It’s still my fave too and great for with a cuppa or a nice afternoon tea. I’d like to say it keeps well but it’s never in the tin long enough to test it x

  5. Oh wow, yummy x

  6. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    Yes please! Lemon drizzle is a definite favourite of mine. I cannot resist it! Thank you for sharing with #SimplySeasonal x

  7. I absolutely loved thelemonsqueezycake also fruit and apple loaf thank you

  8. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Who doesn’t love good lemon drizzle! Yum! Love the mascarpone topping idea too – nice twist! Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

  9. I love a Lemon Drizzle and this one looks lush. I love the idea of a lemon marscarpone topping too. I can just imagine how amazing it would taste. Thank you so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

  10. Bernadette connor

    Fantastic recipe thankyou

  11. Cynthia Chamberlain

    Made this reduced the sugar both in the cake and the topping as my husband is diabetic. It was delicious and didn’t last long will have to make it again.

    1. Fantastic to hear – can you let me know by how much you reduced sugar – maybe helpful to others – thank you Cx

  12. Lovely delicious cake, baked with cherries I picked in my garden

  13. Will be making this tomorrow but as cupcakes

  14. 5 stars
    Amazing.cake , but I tweaked the recipe and instead of milk i used full fat Greek yoghurt , 4 tblsp , due to the acidity the crumb was so tender, absolutely first class .

    1. Wonderful to hear – thank you

  15. Alexandra Johnson

    Hi do you have a version with a butter substitute?

    1. Hi Alexandra
      I’m not entirely sure what you mean, margarine would work

      Thanks Clare

  16. What is caster sugar?

    1. Hello Bobbie
      In America, caster sugar is often labeled as superfine sugar, ultrafine sugar, or baker’s sugar.
      Hope that helps – it’s just finer than gramnulated
      Thanks Clare

  17. If using a Magimix, should I put all the ingredients in together?

    1. Hi I think a magi mix is a food processor – I’m not sure if it will work all-in-one – but you could try?
      Let me know how you get on
      Thanks Clare

  18. Clare & BobbieGilliam,

    Here in Canada, Caster Sugar is sold as “Berry Sugar”.

    1. Perfect thanks for letting me know x

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