Lemon Drizzle Cake

Everyone needs a Lemon Drizzle Cake as staple in their baking repertoire. It’s a quintessential, classic bake that anyone should be able to knock up in an instant. This one bowl version takes minutes to throw together and tastes out of this world delicious.

Lemon drizzle cake on a decorative board with some strawberries.

Lemon Drizzle Cake is, without a doubt, one of my favourite cakes in the whole world! That bright, citrusy kick is enough to take my day from dreary and dull to a joyful daze. There’s no wonder that it’s a firm favourite in the bakery.

This cake is so easy a child could do it, seriously! It’s that simple. So get your little ones in the kitchen and get them trained up. You know it’s a win when the little ones can whip up a cake for the parents. Oh how the tables have turned.

Slices of lemon drizzle cake on a decorative board.

So, you’ll want some instructions on how to make this zesty babe? Here they come…. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix! That’s it! There’s no creaming the sugar and butter, no whipping the eggs. Just a good old fashioned dump and stir. Any cake that can go from ingredients to the oven in less than five minutes is a winner in my book.

Slices of lemon drizzle cake on a decorative board.

If you wanted to get fancy and extract the most lemony flavours out of your sponge, there’s a little extra step you could add to the beginning of the process, but it’s by no means necessary. This is just for those people who prefer a bit more of a hands on approach. Before you get started simply add the sugar and lemon zest to a bowl and rub it in with your fingers. You want to coax all of those delicious lemon scented oils out of the zest, this will give your cake an extra dimension. Give it a try, it’s not like we’ve got much else to be doing at the moment.

This cake also lends itself perfectly to a gluten free version. Simply substitute the self raising flour for a gluten free flour blend (I love this one by Doves).

A slice of lemon drizzle cake on a polka dot plate with a halved strawberry.
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Lemon Drizzle Cake

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For the Lemon Drizzle Cake:

  • 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 large, free range eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • the zest from 2 large lemons

For the Drizzle:

  • juice from 2 lemons (use the lemons you just zested)
  • 100g caster sugar

For the Glaze:

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp lemon juice (or water)


  1. Preheat your oven to 170C and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix all of the cake ingredients together until fully combined. Take care not to over mix.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Allow to cool slightly while you make the drizzle.
  4. Stir together the sugar and lemon juice, once combined pour over the loaf and leave to cool in the tin for a few hours until the drizzle is set.
  5. Once cool, run a sharp knife around the edge of your tin to release the cake.
  6. Make your glaze.  In a medium mixing bowl add the icing sugar and starting with 1tbsp of lemon juice (or water) add  the liquid to the sugar and mix. Keep adding liquid, a little at a time,  until the desired consistency is reached. You want it to be thick and oozey so it slowly trickles down the edges of your cake. 


This cake freezes well, just make up to step 5 and wrap in a double layer of cling film.Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

To make a Gluten Free version substitute the self raising flour for your favourite gluten free flour blend.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. February 3, 2021 / 9:23 pm

    I love everything lemon, but this cake went above and beyond delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  2. February 4, 2021 / 8:12 pm

    I love how easy this cake is to put together and how flavorful it gets! I adore a slice of this next to a warm cup of tea.

  3. February 5, 2021 / 3:37 am

    Good timing for the recipe, my lemon trees are ready to be picked and that means a lot of baking with lemons

  4. Emily
    February 5, 2021 / 4:21 am

    This lemon drizzle cake was so fantastic! The whole family loved it and I did the extra lemon zest rub step and it really brought out the lemon flavor!

  5. February 5, 2021 / 4:39 pm

    This is such a very unique cake recipe, I love the use of Lemon as the main ingredients for the taste. The icing looks incredibly yummy and so enticing to the eyes.

  6. Lesli Schwartz
    February 5, 2021 / 6:55 pm

    Oh, you tempt me so! This lemon cake looks so delicious! So much for my New Year’s resolutions! 😂

  7. February 6, 2021 / 2:57 am

    I cannot get over how EASY and perfect this recipe is! This one is definitely a staple!

  8. February 6, 2021 / 9:09 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a good lemon cake! This one is perfect and the drizzle is super tasty. My family loved it.

  9. February 7, 2021 / 10:03 pm

    Put everythng in a bowl and mix! Love it. My kind of baking! On my to make list!

  10. February 8, 2021 / 12:10 am

    This made a great gift for a neighbor who is going through a hard time. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. February 8, 2021 / 8:50 am

    I love anything with lemon so I’ve found your recipe and had to try it. The only thing I’ve added was some poppyseeds. It went like I’ve never made one. Kids kept on hovering around the kitchen worktop until they have made sure there was no more left. I need to make it again. Beautiful and easy to make, thank you for sharing!

  12. Cristina
    April 23, 2021 / 10:43 am

    Hi! I do have an issue here..I don’t have self rising flour and I know that I can add baking powder to plain flour but I don’t know how much for this recipe.Can you help me with that? Thank you!

    • May 5, 2021 / 4:27 pm

      Hi, just add 1tsp of baking powder in with the flour and you should be a-ok 🙂

      Katie xoxo

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