Crunchy lemon drizzle cake

“Lemon Cake? There’s no lemon on this blog as yet!”

Is what I imagine you are thinking. Truth be told: Lemon is my favourite flavour. In food. In desserts. In fact just gimme a plain lemon and I’ll be happy (seriously)!

Lemon drizzle cake. Light sponge, soaked in lemon juice. Covered in a crunchy sugar crust. ‘Nuff said.


  • 100g soft margarine
  • 175g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 100g sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to about 160-180C (depending on the power of your oven). Grease and line your preferred tin of choice with baking paper (I used a loaf tin this time).
  2. Whisk the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Add the milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  5. Fold the mixture until it hasย just combined.
    (Science bit: the more you mix the batter, the more gluten is released โ€“ which makes the cupcakes chewy. BAD. So try to mix it as little as possible.)
  6. Pour the mix into the prepared tin, and place it in the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until it starts to shrink away from the sides, and springs back when lightly touched with a finger.
  7. While the cake bakes and makes the house smell delicious, you can make the crunchy sugar crust. Mix the sugar with the lemon juice until it has nicely blended.
  8. Take the cake out of the oven. Whilst it is still hot – pour the lemon paste over the top, and leave it to cool in the cake tin.
  9. Once the cake is cool, carefully remove it from the cake tin, and remove the baking paper.
  10. Make a cup of tea. Slice a few generous chunks of cake. And relax.
Slightly adapted from the wonderful Mary Berryย – Thanks M!

14 thoughts on “Crunchy lemon drizzle cake

  1. Wow! I love the look of this lemon drizzle cake. Especially the sugar crust on top!
    Very lemony and very moist & delicious : )

  2. I love lemon cake and lemon flavours so so much too! It’s an obsession almost. I must always have at least one lemon sitting around in my kitchen.

  3. My goodness, this looks delicious!

    Hello – just found you from The Baking Robot and am enjoying reading your lovely blog. Lemon and other citrus fruits in dessert are a favourite of mine too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Oh, thank you :). Bonnie makes most of the sweets & I have fun with the website, but we are still learning about blogging.

        You know, I’ve spent all day thinking about your oh-so-delicious-looking lemon drizzle cake! I might have to give it a go next weekend!

        Looking forward to following your baking & blogging journey!

    • Yay lemons are the best thing ever! I’m currently trying to make preserved lemons too.

      Thanks for your comment! Do let me know how you get on if you do make this recipe. It is one of my favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love all things Lemon (lemon drops a favorite). . I make a filet of sole w lemon sauce and this would be great to finish the dinner with your Lemon Cake. You have a great blog!

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