Best Ever Lemon Drizzle Cake


This lemon drizzle cake is one of my favorite easy recipes. I love a good slice of cake and a cup of tea, particularly when it's warm and sunny outside. And nothing says sunshine like bright yellow, zesty lemons. When life gives you lemons, make lemon cake!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (Optional)

  • 1 lemon, zested

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. Beat sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in flour and baking powder gradually; fold with a wooden spoon to be sure flour is combined. Stir in lemon zest.

  3. Pour batter into the prepared pan, being careful not to press it down.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Try not to open the oven door early to avoid collapsing the fluffy cake.

  5. Meanwhile, make the lemon glaze: Juice the zested lemon from the cake batter into a small bowl. Add zest and juice of the second lemon. Stir in 7 tablespoons sugar until dissolved.

  6. Pour glaze over the warm cake and leave to cool in the pan; glaze will harden as the cake cools.


I like to add very finely chopped mint leaves to the glaze for a refreshing twist!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

494 Calories
26g Fat
63g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 494
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 22mg 108%
Calcium 231mg 18%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 116mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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