Lemon Drizzle Cakes Recipe

Yields: 8-10 slices
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 50-60 minutes


For the cake:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (225g) self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk

For the lemon drizzle:

  • 3/4 cup (150g) powdered sugar (also called icing sugar)
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream butter & sugar: In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add eggs & lemon: Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the lemon zest.
  • Combine wet & dry ingredients: Alternate adding the flour mixture and the mixture of lemon juice and milk to the butter mixture. Start and end with the dry ingredients. Beat on low speed until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Make the drizzle: While the cake is baking, make the drizzle. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with just enough lemon juice to create a thick but pourable glaze. Start with 3 tablespoons of juice, adding the last one slowly if needed.
  • Drizzle time: When the cake is ready, let it cool slightly in the pan for about 10-15 minutes. Then, poke holes all over the cake with a skewer or toothpick and generously pour the lemon drizzle over the top, aiming to cover the surface evenly.
  • Cool & enjoy: Let the cake cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving.


  • Room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients will result in a fluffier cake.
  • Extra citrusy? If you want even more intense lemon flavor, add a tablespoon of lemon zest to the drizzle.
  • Storage: The cake will stay moist for several days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.


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