Nigella Lawson’s perfect every time Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake is certainly a firm favourite in the Treasure household. It’s so easy peasy lemon squeezy to make and turns out perfect and completely delectable every single time.

I make a lot of Nigella’s recipes, mainly due to the simple recipes and even simpler ingredients. You can knock one of these up in 10 minutes or so. We enjoyed this cake on Sunday afternoon, shared with family who were suitably impressed at the cake’s moistness and zingy lemony taste.

You will need:

Ingredients Lemon drizzle cake

For the cake
125g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
zest of 1 lemon
175g self raising flour
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons of whole milk
a loaf tin-buttered and lined

For the syrup
juice of 1 1/2 lemons

100g icing sugar

For the glaze
juice of a lemon
150g icing sugar


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4.

1.Cream butter and sugar and add lemon zest and eggs, beating together well.

2.Gently fold in the flour and the salt.

3.Add milk and mix thoroughly.

4.Spoon batter into your prepared tin and bake for around 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

5.Next make your syrup by putting the lemon juice and icing sugar into a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.

6.As soon as the cake is out of the oven, skewer all over and pour over the syrup.

Leave cake to completely cool before removing from tin. (be patient!)

7.For the glaze, combine the lemon juice and icing sugar and drizzle liberally over the cake.


Perfect lemon drizzle cake

Drizzle lemony icing liberally
Tea and cake

Recipe credit to Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess

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  • Madeline

    Written on 20th May 2016


    Ooh that looks really good! I’ve actually never made a lemon drizzle cake, but this looks really simple, so I will be pinning it to make soon, I love lemony things! x #TheList

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 22nd May 2016


      It is the easiest and quickest lemon drizzle I’ve ever made and turns out perfectly every single time! Give it a go :) x

  • Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Written on 20th May 2016


    I’m not really keen on lemon cakes although my husband is my exact opposite. However, this one looks yum and looks easy to make too. Thanks for sharing your recipe! #TheList

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 22nd May 2016


      Pleasure, it is so nice and you could always reduce the lemon you put in by half because I use quite a lot! x

  • Jade Lloyd

    Written on 25th May 2016


    Lemon drizzle cake was my pregnancy bake of choice..never looked quite as tidy as yours, tended to morph and rise in odd places…Mary Berry would have tutted…and I tended to burn the top until I started wise’ing up and putting tin foil over the top! I love the sound of your topping I just stick to lemon juice and caster sugar but want to try with icing sugar now! Yummy #Thelist

  • Adyuga

    Written on 25th July 2017


    Hi Amy,

    I saw you tweeting about blogging and I thought I’d check out your website. I really like it. Looks like Amy has come a long way!
    Good job with the Yoast plugin SEO is so important these days.

    Keep making great stuff!

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