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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.67 / 5 (146 votes)

Prep time:
35 min
Cook time:
1 hr 10 min
makes 1 cake

A zippy lemon drizzle cake glazed with a delicate sugar crust from Eleanor Smallwood


1. For the cake: preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and flour a 25cm bundt tin.

2. Cream the butter and sugar with the lemon zest until pale and thick. Beating the lemon zest will help draw out the oil making the cake lovely and lemony.

3. Stir in the eggs, one at a time. If the mixture threatens to curdle, add a tablespoon of the flour to stabilise it.

4. Mix in a little of the flour and baking powder with alternate glugs of the milk until all the ingredients are incorporated.

5. Spoon the mixture into the bundt tin and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Prick all over with a toothpick.

6. For the glaze: mix the lemon juice and sugar, just swirling gently so the sugar doesn’t completely dissolve.

7. Drizzle the lemon glaze all over the warm cake - it will seep into the holes leaving a delicate sugar crust on the surface. Decorate with flowers and eat the day you make it.


For the cake

For the glaze

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im sure you can freeze this cake x

SunnyShanelx SunnyShanelx  Posted 16 May 2012 7:33 PM

nice and easy x

SunnyShanelx SunnyShanelx  Posted 16 May 2012 7:33 PM

can you freeze this cake?

AngelaW511 AngelaW511  Posted 18 Mar 2012 1:36 AM

This looks like a big cake. How do I make this cake smaller. I need to make the cake for just two people. I want to make it in a 15 cm cake tin.

RonaldD59194 RonaldD59194 Posted 18 Aug 2011 7:51 AM

My Mum used to make this when I was a kid and it is still great , I make it in a 200mm plain round cake tin lined with baking paper. Sometimes I replace one of the lemons with an orange just to be different and now my family and friends love it.

johnmmmmmm johnmmmmmm Posted 29 May 2011 5:41 AM

Last time i made this i substituted a lime & the juice for one of the lemons added a nice twist,just about to make two one lemon & one lime to compare.

smidgit smidgit Posted 10 Apr 2011 12:58 PM

re my comment below it should have said 5 star.

Thel Thel Posted 09 Apr 2011 10:32 PM

Just made the Lemon cake my husband loved it and it was so easy to make. Thank you

Thel Thel Posted 09 Apr 2011 10:31 PM

very nice, very easy ideal for someone who is not to sure on baking

helenL62291 helenL62291 Posted 13 Mar 2011 12:17 PM

I absolutely love baking this cake!!
And it always tastes so good!!!

Abigail K Abigail K Posted 12 Feb 2011 8:58 PM

My mum used to make this I was so happy to find the recipe, I make it in apaper lined 200mm round tin and I pour the lemon on while its still quite warm ,Other than that Ifollow the recipe exactly it turns out moist and tasty and the kids love it.

johnmmmmmm johnmmmmmm Posted 12 Feb 2011 8:55 PM

What size tin did you all use? I have made this cake a few times (love it!!!!!) but it always comes up over the edge and through the bottome of the round springform tin I use....help!!!!

WendiM81799 WendiM81799 Posted 07 Jan 2011 1:59 PM

My husbands a lemon fanatic. I made this cake for him and now he wants this one all the time...At last a contented husband, thank you .

chicagobabe chicagobabe Posted 22 Oct 2010 5:02 PM

This cake was amazing! Everybody loved it and wanted the recipe!

JessicaL51580 JessicaL51580 Posted 03 Sep 2010 4:38 PM

I made this cake in a flower shaped tin from Lakeland and served it with cream as a desert after a hot buffet dinner party. Everyone loved the strong lemony taste. Its not too sweet and one piece is not enough everyone had seconds.

katherineT59369 katherineT59369 Posted 14 Aug 2010 7:54 AM

Just made this cake, I used an ordinary round spring tin. It turned out fab, lovely and moist. This is a great recipe, very impressed with the results.

AnneN51495 AnneN51495 Posted 11 Aug 2010 9:43 PM

this recipe was easy to follow and the results were fantastic. i made for some friends and we ate almost half of it as it was so moist delicious. best recipe so far

angelaR84270 angelaR84270 Posted 05 Aug 2010 2:47 PM

this cake freezes very well, I make a batch and then wrap individual slices so you have always got some cake if someone calls or if you just fancy a slice !!!

LISBETHM51722 LISBETHM51722 Posted 08 Apr 2010 1:28 PM

This cake is fabulous, I have made it 3 times now . We found it a little sweet the first time so I do modify a little, and only add 200g of caster sugar to the cake. we fine it sweet enough due to the glaze. It looks great.

janetW29233 janetW29233 Posted 20 Mar 2010 10:56 AM

try adding zest of orange as well and use the juice with the lemon for glaze - a St. Clements cake, delicious

carolineS3862 carolineS3862 Posted 23 Feb 2010 3:18 PM


MichaelS59914 MichaelS59914 Posted 04 Sep 2009 7:11 PM

try adding a tablespoon of low fat greek yoghurt to it! It comes out really soft and fudge like

kennyN45379 kennyN45379 Posted 24 Apr 2009 12:22 PM

Really nice cake, was enough mixture for 2 cakes, made mine in ordinary round cake tins, delicious and keeps well

mark165 mark165 Posted 10 Apr 2009 9:18 PM

Its just great give it a try

corky5 corky5 Posted 20 Mar 2009 8:28 PM