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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.43 / 5 (2041 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
40 min
Serves:
makes 30 squares

Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake recipe is so easy to make for a tempting teatime treat

Method

1. Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the base and sides of a 30 x 23 x 4 cm roasting tin. Grease the tin and line with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners of the tin. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Measure all the ingredients for the tray bake into a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes, until well blended.

3. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula to remove all of the mixture. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

4. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and is beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin.

5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes then lift it out of the tin while still in its lining paper. Carefully remove the paper and put the tray bake onto a wire rack placed over a tray.

6. To make the crunchy topping, mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the tray bake whilst it is still just warm. Cut into squares when cold and store in an airtight tin.

Ingredients

For the cake

For the crunchy topping

  • 175 g granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, juice only

Tips and suggestions

French apricot and almond tart

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Latest Comment

 

@sharonT36974 - I use loaf tins all the time for this fab recipe. It makes 2 loaves. I keep oven temp the same & gave it an extra 20 mins although I did check after the recommended 40 mins. I do also check with a skewer coming out clean. Hope this helps. Geri

GerryQuilts GerryQuilts  Posted 26 Apr 2014 8:52 AM
 

How much longer to cook in a loaf tin & would I have to alter the oven temperature?
Thanks
Sharon

sharonT36974 sharonT36974  Posted 22 Feb 2014 3:13 PM
 

Very easy and met with approval by the family. Only problem I had is getting the cake out of tin as it was so soft but all good. Will do again

NadaJ88093 NadaJ88093  Posted 09 Jan 2014 6:27 PM
 

This recipe is so easy, just throw everything in a bowl and mix. A very light and tasty cake. I would certainly recommend it.

rich.foy rich.foy Posted 10 Sep 2013 9:49 PM
 

Simple & no messing yet tastes fab! Just made another for a coffee morning tomorrow. Smile

clemmy clemmy Posted 29 Jul 2013 12:10 AM
 

Very easy and quick, everyone loved it. Disappeared in a couple of days one of my go to recipes now!

DotM30871 DotM30871 Posted 25 Feb 2013 7:10 PM
 

Quick, Easy and so so light, will be a family fav from now on

CathM32164 CathM32164 Posted 06 Nov 2012 1:22 PM
 

I havn't yet made the cake, but am this week. I'll let you know how it went and upload a pic.

BethB75428 BethB75428 Posted 17 Oct 2012 6:11 PM
 

I have halved the quantities of this recipe before and it still works wonderfully! A fabulous lemon drizzle recipe.
Once, feeling virtuous, I substituted some of the butter with 0% greek yoghurt. Again, it tasted great and was much lower in fat! A very forgiving recipe, good for people like me who can't leave well enough alone Smile

dumb_like_a_moose dumb_like_a_moose Posted 10 Oct 2012 5:12 PM
 

I've made this several times now,and regularly get asked for the recipe,or to make it again.Making it for my sister -in - laws birthday party this time round.I have also tried it with orange,which went down well.I have also halved the quantities to make a smaller version with no problems.So simple and easy,freezes well,perfect!

cjhickmott cjhickmott Posted 31 Jul 2012 5:37 PM
 

Made this today and is an absolute winner! I used the zest of 3 lemons (could even use more as I like loads of lemon)and I think this is the best lemon drizzle cake I have made. May add some lemon juice or lemon extract to the mixture next time as well. Lovely light cake - and so easy!

DK94172 DK94172 Posted 22 Jul 2012 9:12 PM
 

made this at the weekend - used half quantities and just right for someone living alone! cake was delicious - best lemon drizzle I've made! de-lish

HelenR51089 HelenR51089 Posted 12 Jul 2012 12:18 AM
 

This cake is one of the easiest I have ever made; it's a real staple of mine now.

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food Posted 21 May 2012 2:55 PM
 

This cake is a big hit with all my family and friends. It never lets me down, always light and moist....yummy!!!

CarolB5339 CarolB5339 Posted 12 May 2012 9:10 PM
 

A moist cake, but found the oven temperature too high! Should have read the comments first! Served mine with fruit and ice-cream as a desert - very tasty.

EmmaS8394 EmmaS8394 Posted 11 Apr 2012 11:35 AM
 

johnG24311 johnG24311 Posted 17 Mar 2012 9:04 AM
 

Thanks Celia - our mistake! It's actually 160C fan, so it's gas mark 4.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 20 Feb 2012 12:17 PM
 

This recipe has a typo, the oven temp should be gas mark 3 or equivalent. I made it yesterday from one of her cake recipe books and it cooked in the specified time. A first rate cake, much appreciated by my birthday supper guests along with a small liquer glass of limoncello!

CeliaH24563 CeliaH24563 Posted 16 Feb 2012 8:16 PM
 

The only traybake sponge I have ever found that works in my oven! Eureka!! It did take longer than the advised time of 40mins, mine took a whole hour but I really don't mind if it keeps turning out as perfect as this.

I wonder if anyone has any tips on a chocolate version? Can the recipe be adapted?

MaryamI17153 MaryamI17153 Posted 04 Dec 2011 8:13 PM
 

I love this recipe, so easy and so tasty. I usually split these ingredients between 2 loaf tins, stab a few holes down the midle, then for the topping, drizzle lemon icing over (juice from lemons and icing sugar). It drizzles down the middle, Gorgeous!!!

nicolaF81225 nicolaF81225 Posted 27 Oct 2011 9:01 PM
 

A brilliantly simple, tasty recipe. Light sponge, freezes well,ideal for bake sales etc!

cjhickmott cjhickmott Posted 17 Sep 2011 6:17 PM
 

Wow ! What a lovely cake , I have already been asked to make this again !!!. The sponge is really light and the lemon crusty topping is excellent.

CHRISTINES1669 CHRISTINES1669 Posted 17 Apr 2011 6:26 PM
 

***** This is a fabulous cake , always popular with everyone. I make 1 a week as it is so quick. I did reduce the flour down to 225grms, sometimes as a bonus I add a small punnet of blueberries gently stirred in at the end, they just burst as you bite into them-- simply divine.

MaureenP42247 MaureenP42247 Posted 28 Mar 2011 9:46 AM
 

The recipe reads well. I was also thinking of doing it with limes. I'll try three limes instead of two lemons, unless anyone quickly thinks I'm wrong. And cane caster sugar instead of granulated.

PeterLucas PeterLucas Posted 19 Aug 2010 4:15 PM
 

This is a great recipe. I also made some adaptations, used only 225g of flour and made the topping with sugar and icing sugar. I have also subsituted the lemons for limes and added sweetened coconut (about 100g) to the sponge mix, for an alternative lime and coconut tray bake.

MaggieB39128 MaggieB39128 Posted 17 Jul 2010 7:54 PM
 

This cake is so easy to make & was really lovely although I admit I did make a few adaptations - I reduced the amount of flour down to 225g i.e. equal amounts of flour, sugar & butter, added some lemon juice to the sponge mix as well & cooked at a slightly higher temperature - the result was a truly light, moist, zingy sponge. Really yummy!

You can also try making the topping with icing sugar instead of granulated sugar.

michelleC28162 michelleC28162 Posted 20 Apr 2010 9:09 PM
 

annI16543 annI16543 Posted 07 Apr 2010 10:22 AM
 

i found that 160 Degrees Celcius was too low and it took forever to bake. However, the cake was very moist and delicious :D

reemasq reemasq Posted 09 Jan 2010 4:41 PM
 

ulster ulster Posted 07 Sep 2009 4:07 PM
 

Babybel100 Babybel100 Posted 15 Jul 2009 3:15 PM
 

Love the recipe it has a nice sweet sharp taste with the sugary lemon topping- yummy Smile, I only used 225g of flour though equal quantities of butter, sugar and flour- turned out nice and fluffy and smelt heavenly Smile

pinkpop pinkpop Posted 02 Jul 2009 4:07 PM
 

this cake is a wonderful light cake the lemon and sugar drizzled over it makes it makes it a favorite of my family I have made it in muffin tins for my grandchildren they love them

kathleenH42484 kathleenH42484 Posted 24 Jun 2009 10:35 PM
 

can you use icing sugar instead of granulated sugar if you want it more thin and drizzly?

RahimaB44834 RahimaB44834 Posted 14 Apr 2009 3:08 PM
 

Delicious cake, and one that is not too taxing to make!

MarciaR63168 MarciaR63168 Posted 31 Jan 2009 4:23 PM
 

This is a lovely easy to make cake!

Thandi Thandi Posted 19 Oct 2008 9:23 PM
 

Very Very Very tastey real tea time treat

Maz98 Maz98 Posted 23 Aug 2008 4:20 PM
 

very easy to make and very tasty

suekt139 suekt139 Posted 27 Apr 2008 3:18 PM