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! This is one of my favorite, easy recipes for a light, fluffy lemon drizzle cake. This is also my boyfriend's absolute favorite; he exclaimed it was the best cake he's ever had, which is certainly saying something! Serve with a cup of tea and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. When life give you lemons, make lemon cake!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Lemon Glaze:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Measure ingredients into bowls. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

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  • Combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy and pale. Add 1 egg at a time, beating until the batter returns to a uniform pale color before adding the next. Sift in flour gradually. Fold with a wooden spoon to be sure flour is combined. Add baking powder and lemon zest.

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

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Try not to open the oven door early to avoid collapsing the fluffy cake.

  • Juice the zested lemon into a small bowl. Add the zest and juice of the second lemon. Stir in 7 tablespoons sugar until dissolved. Pour glaze over the warm cake and leave to cool in the pan; glaze will harden as the cake cools.

Cook's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

494 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 63g; fat 25.8g; cholesterol 154mg; sodium 569.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
I didn't change anything and it turned out really well. Very delicious Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/18/2019
Followed to the letter but sunk in the middle. Edges cooked but quite stodgy in the middle. Disappointed ?? Read More
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
I didn't change anything and it turned out really well. Very delicious Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2018
I left in the oven for 55 minutes as it did not appear to be done after 45. Cake was very dense quite moist. Super lemon flavor but just a tad to sweet for our taste. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/15/2019
This gave my whole family food poisoning that didn't go away for 2 months. Make if you want to vomit 5 times a day. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2019
Tasted good but followed instructions to a T and cake imploded. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2018
Hi there. I tried this recipe today after a friend told me it was the best cake she has ever tasted. After 45 minutes I took it out and it collapsed completely in the middle in the shape of a rectangle so was just left with cake around the perimeter. It was completely raw like the batter. I left it to cool but only the outside was cooked. Please can you suggest where I could have gone wrong because the taste was amazing and would like to make it again. Regards Penny Bird Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/31/2020
This recipe calls for self rising flour AND 1 TABLESPOON Baking Powder. The equivalent of about 2 Tablespoons of BAKING POWDER. It raised up and looked nice but was all wet batter in the middle and only the outside baked. What a waste. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/18/2019
Followed to the letter but sunk in the middle. Edges cooked but quite stodgy in the middle. Disappointed ?? Read More
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